Archives for: July 2004, 27
I was just welcoming some newbies to the diet on the yahoo group as well as a family member who is trying out the BTD way of life...the question of hunger upon giving up wheat has come up.
Yes, the hunger does go away, it takes a week or two from what I remember. Fill in with vegetables, cooked greens are surprisingly satisfying with meat. Be sure to add beneficial fats as well. Fruit hits the sweet tooth well if you miss desserts...berries, bananas and figs are great. You'll find that beneficial foods all end up being very satisfying once your body learns to recognize it's friends. At that point, you may find it takes a little effort to eat enough, as you won't be as hungry overall.
I've heard somewhere that since grains don't digest properly, they cause an expansion in your stomach that gives you a false sense of fullness, or over-fullness. I haven't felt that old and somewhat uncomfortable "too full to stuff another bite in my mouth" feeling for a long time, no matter how much I eat. I think this is what's called a "pasta punch" and I don't miss it, as I've traded it for a comfortable, yet still mentally alert and physically mobile sense of satisfaction.
Putting myself in the shoes of the hunter-gatherers who have gone before, I can see a definite advantage to the sense of satisfaction I get when eating right. I would think that old "pasta punch" could be deadly if suddenly attacked by any number of dangerous beasts who used to roam freely among us. Eating Right 4 Your Type can be a tool for short term survival, not just longevity and health... (Is that a new meme, or did I absorb it from someone else?)