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Posted by: Mitchie, Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 9:56am
Hi Everyone!

I discovered something yesterday that although I don't understand it (maybe you can enlighten me) I found to be quite interesting.

When I'm at work M-F I have definite eating times.  Breakfast at 7:00, snack at 10:00, lunch at 12:30 then I have dinner at home around 4:00.  I'm never hungry because I'm eating every 2-3 hours.

Anyway, yesterday was a vacation day so I was home and ate a decent protein breakfast at 6:00. Then did some very light yard watering then ran some errands and got back home around 11:00 and was really, really hungry.  I had a huge salad (with protein) but that didn't stop my hunger.

I proceeded to eat for the remainder of the day (good thing I have only healthy stuff at home) but could never get to that "I'm satisfied" place.  I was eating protein as well as carbs.

So, my question is, what happens when I eat every 2-3 hours that keeps me satisfied and happy as opposed to when I don't eat for maybe 5-6 hours and then go into gorge mode and never feel full?
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 10:20am; Reply: 1
I think it is because of our form of anabolisme that we should eat smaller meals but 4-6 times daily....
which is the contrary to the O's......we are going quicker into hypoglycemia than others :-/ ....thatswhy we do need also less of animal protein, but a bit more of carbs ;).....
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 6:48pm; Reply: 2
I agree with Isa that it would not be good for an O.  I don't snack, although I have 4 small meals a day, 4 hours apart.  That routine keeps me always feeling satisfied and I don't get hit by cravings at all.  But sometimes I skip one of those meals and don't suffer from it as long as I get sufficient good quality food early in the day.  I find that for me the morning meal(s) set the tone for my day.
Posted by: Whimsical, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 1:35am; Reply: 3
Here's an O, chiming in!  

I find the opposite to be true for me.  I used to subscribe to the small meals/snacks every few hours system, but never felt actually hungry for food and would find myself bloated, sluggish, and never satisfied.

I switched to 3 meals per day with a small snack in the afternoon (if I eat a late dinner) and I find I really enjoy feeling hungry and then the satisfaction of satiating that hunger.  I am more energetic, less bloated, and generally feel like my digestion is more efficient.  At my meals I eat as much as I want and between meals I limit myself to water or tea.

Yet another example of the differences between individuals and the importance of experimenting to find the right way for you.
Posted by: SheriBerry, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 1:58am; Reply: 4
Hey Whimsical! I'm right there with you! I  could NEVER eat  four to six small meals throughout the day!  I second your thought about being bloated and never really hungry.  Three meals a day works for me.. nothing more or less...  I like to be  really hungry when I eat and  eat enough to feel full... isn't that funny that O's are like that? I never really knew that.
Posted by: Mari, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 2:35am; Reply: 5
I am an O who feels best if I eat smaller amounts more often.  Eating only 3 times a day doesn't work very well for me.   A handful of almonds between meals works well.  
Posted by: Mitchie, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 9:36am; Reply: 6
I wonder if it has to do with digestion?  Maybe it's easier for me to digest smaller amounts more often?  

When I was little, I remember my mom saying every time she looked at me I was eating something.  I guess I really do feel better when I eat small amounts throughout the day.  Total grazer.  Moo!
Posted by: trish44, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 2:23pm; Reply: 7
My A daughter recently began following the Schwartzbein principle, eating five or six times a day.  I am with the O's and to a point eat three times a day.  The times when I get ravenous about 3:30 are when I did not eat breakfast and can't wait until dinner.  I have to stay out of the kitchen then.  I also noticed that it doesn't take too much to satisfy me usually, and if I eat too much, it feels like it stays in my upper digestive system. What is that?
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 2:29pm; Reply: 8
If I've had a good amount of protein and fat in each meal, I can go 3-4 hours between meals, ideally. My problem is usually after dinner, though, when I get the munchies and sometimes feel out of control.

I generally try not to eat dinner later than 7pm so I can have three hours of awake time before going to bed, but often by the time dinner rolls around, I'm not interested in cooking, so I just graze through my meal, which is very detrimental for me.
Posted by: angel, Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 4:32am; Reply: 9
I actually eat or at least try to eat 5-6 small meals a day. I find for me that this give me more consistent energy. Usually breakfast is 2 eggs an onion and broccoli occassionally I'll toss in turkey bacon.  Lunch will be some kind of meat and vegies or salad. Dinner meat and some more veggies. Snacks are nuts, dried fruit, and more vegies. I can handle a little grain once and a while, but if consistently eaten I swell up and am totally miserable. I try to avoid avoids, even with my family.

though I admit my breakfast going and coming from home in the airport will be a 1/2 cup of oat meal with brown sugar and a cup dandelion/green tea (double). It is so much easier to carry this through the TSA, grab a couple cups and add hot water. It will hold me though not ideal. I like the consistentcy more as far as meals. this is probably from my body building training experience.
Posted by: 552 (Guest), Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 2:13pm; Reply: 10
Another Schwarzbein fan....
I HAVE to eat 5 times a day, at the same time, and even the same thing!   But then, Dr. Schwarbein said my adrenals were really fried!  If I try skipping a snack, or even delaying it more than say, 30-45 min, I get really weak, shaky, crabby, etc.  Just don't have enough cortisol or adrenaline to make it further.
Am I bloated, sluggish, fat, etc? Yup, because adrenaline is still low.  (well, actually I'm always fat right now! lol!)  
Now that I've gotten intestinal inflammation under control, I'm taking Fucus, Deflect, vitex, and tyrosine (haven't tried catechol) to ratchet my metabolism back up from subterranean!!!  
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 5:34am; Reply: 11
Well the O in the famlily seem happy with food 4 x a day while I need food every 3-4 hours... I get so crappy and unreasonable if I donīt.
Like Drea I try to eat no later than 7 pm .... But If I have eaten earlier like around 6 pm -like I often do in the wintertime - I need a snack before going to bed or I just canīt sleep ... but it has to be light- often banana, almonds or milk is good...
I have noticed other Bīs needed a good night snack as well.
My O is happy without food after 7 pm already as a baby she seemed to space her meals very even over the day and take a nice break during night ;-)

When I did Atkins I noticed that I was not as hungry as normal  and could eat less meals a day without feeling deprived -so maybe a higher intake of protein and fat makes you less hungry ?!
Posted by: Mitchie, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 9:38am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
I need a snack before going to bed or I just canīt sleep ...
I have noticed other Bīs needed a good night snack as well.

My O husband is a night snacker also.  He'll get up at least a couple times every night and snack on something.  That's just totally alien to me.  I normally eat a light dinner and have some fruit for dessert and never think about eating after that.  Different strokes.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 11:26am; Reply: 13
Quoted from Mitchie

My O husband is a night snacker also.  He'll get up at least a couple times every night and snack on something.  That's just totally alien to me.  I normally eat a light dinner and have some fruit for dessert and never think about eating after that.  Different strokes.

I have never gotten up to eat- unless when I was breastfeeding my daughter :-)

But I have felt panic  if I went to be hungry or slightly hungry- I have tried  to ask my mum if she starved me as a kid...;-D ...

Posted by: lblackbu, Thursday, August 9, 2007, 4:33am; Reply: 14
I tryed eatting when I was hungry and had the same issue...

Now I eat when my stomach grumbles..
Posted by: SheriBerry, Friday, August 10, 2007, 6:06pm; Reply: 15
It all comes down to habits and comfort levels, doesn't it?  It's like quitting smoking and giving up coffee ( I've done both!).... your body gets used to habits.
Were I to let myself, I'd eat all day.. I'd also be as big as a house!  I'm not talking about massive meals, but just more food than I normally eat.    I guess  some of you don't have weight issues or just don't  watch that part....
I'm with Whimsical when it comes to enjoying meals.  I like to sit down and eat a nice meal and not snack in between.  I notice when I am not out and about and busy, I start feeling like I need to eat.  It's using food for entertainment... which is easy to do.  But bravo, everyone! for finding what works best for you.  Isn't that what it's all about??  My daughter, type A,  is one of those who likes several small meals a day... I could never do that!  For those of you still finding your way, keep experimenting till you hit upon the pattern that works best for you and keeps you feeling at your best...!
Posted by: koahiatamadl, Saturday, August 11, 2007, 11:53am; Reply: 16
When I am working I try to eat 3 meals and two snacks of fruit a day - breakfast at about 6am, fruit 11am, lunch at 1pm(ish), fruit between 4-5pm and dinner whenever I get home which is never before 7.30pm but can be a lot later...

I noticed that on days I'm not working I sleep a lot longer and often only eat twice a day - some kind of brunch and late dinner.  In fact when I was on holiday two months ago I lost my wallet with both debit card and credit card and had to make very limited cash resources last until I got back home.  The result was that I ate a hand full of trail mix spread throughout the day whenever I felt hungry and a meal at night - often quite late.  Turns out I didn't feel deprived in any way form or shape :)

But there is a difference between engaging in light physical activity all day (walking/sight seeing) and doing sedentary job which requires a high level of concentration all day - it appears that this O can do the former on thin air but not the latter :(  

On second thoughts that seems to apply to all physical activity e.g. DIY. When I am decorating for instance I'll get up and start work keep working until I'm done, which can be all day.  Of course I get hungry at some point but ignore the grumbling tummy, which stops grumbling after a surprisingly short while...I remember working in catering for a bit 10 years ago and I just worked all day without eating and often without a break then, too...  

I will drink lots of water though, always ;)  

Posted by: SheriBerry, Saturday, August 11, 2007, 2:25pm; Reply: 17
very interesting point, koahiatamadl!  
 I can go all day and NOT eat if I'm busy with yoga, tennis, gardening... etc... but if I'm sitting around at home, I feel starving!  One reason I'm up and out of the house doing something most days...  isn't that strange? and if I'm out shopping, I don't even THINK of daughter just looks wilted ( type A) until we eat.  Funny I never thought of that.. thanks for  bringing it to my attention.
oh, but when I DO eat.. I really eat! ( meat and salad, of course!)
Posted by: MissileCop, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 6:03pm; Reply: 18
When I'm working, I have 5 meals a day, with a light snack before bed.  From 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it's a meal every three hours.  When I get home from work at 8:30 p.m., it's a light snack of protein, and a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.  By 10, I'm in bed.  

Like others, I sometimes felt sluggish, and bloated.  Once I cut back on the portion size, I've been fine ever since.  

One has to remember that there are so many variables that affect our good health.  Eating according to ER4YT is a great start, but then one must analyze such things as timing, what combination of foods work well with each other, and which don't, portion sizes, etc.  It's an ongoing process of discovering one's self.

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