Good for you! You listened to your body, and it told you what it needed. Just because something is recommended or is good for others doesn't automatically guarantee it's going to be YOUR best choice. In this instance, you've determined what that is. Keep asking and keep listening. You'll find your healthy path.
I recently switched around my meals at work too, in hope that I would stop feeling hungry in between. I was eating yogurt and Kashi cereal when I got to work and a mini whole wheat bagel with peanut butter between 11:00 and 12:00. Then lunch somewhere between 2:30 and 3:30. I was feeling hungry again way too soon. So I stopped putting any sugar in my tea, even though I was down to only 1/4 of a teaspoon per big mug, and now I have the bagel and peanut butter first. Score! It's higher in fat, and I think that may be why it helped. Then instead of yogurt and Kashi, I either have cottage cheese and fruit or 1/2 a multigrain english muffin with tuna and 1/2 ounce of cheese melted on top with a little fruit. More protein! I've also found that if I get to craving something in between, 4 or 5 almonds with tea, or just a small nibble on a protein or fiber bar with tea will stop that cold for an hour or more. We just need to keep experimenting to find what works for us. I'm glad you found something!
You may be surprised to learn....but you applied several hunger control strategies that are supported by research evidence.
The yogurt contained: more protein more volume more water and more carbohydrate
All have been shown to promote satiety more than the calorie dense, high fat , low volume of the nuts.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
Fitness Minutes: (2,155)
5/9/14 2:46 P
Nuts do next to nothing for me in terms of hunger in the 100-200 calorie quantity. So you're not alone. Yogurt's been kind of hit or miss for me in the past, but certainly at times I've found it very satisfying.
I have no real idea why. Either one should make a reasonable snack in theory; and conventional wisdom might argue that all the lactose in the yogurt should make it burn off faster even if it's unsweetened. But nope, not for me anyway. Maybe it's the volume, the water content, the exact balance of nutrients -- not sure. Not sure it matters either, as long as you're no more hungry than you should be!
5/9/14 1:40 P
"I haven't seen much to validate what I experienced"
But you did validate it:
"I tried this order a couple more days and there's something about eating the yogurt before lunch that makes the afternoon more filling."
So....that's what works for you.
Do what works for you. I eat more protein earlier in the day in order to make it till dinner. Some people load up on cherries and carrots to help them get through. Some people drink 3 huge glasses of water to get through. Some people just go without and force themselves to do it. Some people drink a V8 to get through.
Who is right? The person who gets it done..the right way for them.
Fitness Minutes: (27,299)
1,102 5/9/14 12:36 P
Maybe because there is more volume to the yogurt? Or because it has a higher water content? I have to have protein in the morning or I am starving by lunchtime, and certain fruits also seem to make me hungrier. I love pineapple, but I now only eat it as an evening snack, because eating it in the morning seemed to make me hungry all day.
Fitness Minutes: (20,623)
3,110 5/9/14 12:32 P
So nearly every workday I eat the same grouping of food. Breakfast: Cheese on bran wafers; coffee, hard boiled egg whites Snack: 1/4 cup nuts Lunch: homemade soup loaded with veggies made from chicken broth and usually with ground veal. Snack2: cup of yogurt
I found myself ravenous at lunch and ravenous in late afternoon even after consuming yogurt. Hard to resist a bag of junk from vending.
I was out of nuts one day and age the yogurt for snack. I wasn't ravenous at lunch and more surprisingly sailed thru without snack2.
I tried this order a couple more days and there's something about eating the yogurt before lunch that makes the afternoon more filling.
I haven't seen much to validate what I experienced, so if you experienced the same thing, please share.
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