I would like to include this as one of my blogs or as a topic on my SparkTeams so I thought I'd put it out there for everyone else on this message board. I will be curious to see what experiences others have had and if any have been similar to my own.
I am amazed as I notice that since I've joined SP and have been using nutrition tracker meticulously, I have not had the intensity of cravings that I have had in the past on other "healthy eating" or "diet" programs. I have really increased both my protein intake and my fiber.
Having had a gastric bypass nearly 7 years ago, I was amazed to find how low my protein level was as compared to what I had learned I should be eating. I have really researched and played with this and now start my morning and end my day with a protein shake. I was taught that the body cannot utilize more than about 25 g of protein at a time so I aim for between 23-25.
My morning shake consists of 2 cups of very cold water and 4 ice cubes, a scoop of protein powder, and 6 ounces of a light yogurt. I add some daily fiber powder to boost my fiber intake and some powdered calcium ascorbate (for mega vitamin C and calcium)...I saw that I was low on both of these. I do not digest milk well, even Lactaid, but I can tolerate the yogurt blended in a shake.
In the evening, I do the same thing but replace the yogurt with some fruit like a fresh banana or some type of frozen berries depending on what my nutrition totals are at the time. I also add some Fiber35Diet fruit and vegetable fiber.
I'm careful to drink plenty of fluids, average 8 cups of water daily with another 3-4 cups of something like Crystal Light or diet green tea and some hot green or herbal tea.
I joined SP 9 days ago, started eating differently 10 days ago and I am surprised that this is the easiest it has been for me to stay on a healthy food plan. Someone told me that their doctor told them to eat more protein to feel more satisfied and have fewer crazy cravings. Could this be why I've been able to handle the craving I have had that are actually so very less intense as they have been in the past??????
Before, all I could do was think about food almost all the time. They were constant and I couldn't shake them off. I would almost always give in at night, telling myself I'd start again the next day. I must admit, I'm also keeping my carbs in check and now they are coming from whole grain brown rice, undo noodles (these are good), more servings of beans (and rice) and less meat, etc. This has helped the fiber issue.
Maybe my curbed cravings are the result of more protein...or maybe it's a combination of more protein and fiber and less processed carbs (and even limited artificial sweeteners). I easily drank 2 liters of diet coke a day or a 64 ounce pitcher of a diet powdered drink! Now, I have had only 2 cans of diet coke in the past 10 days and will treat myself to the diet powdered drink in the afternoon and only after having already had 6 cups of water. Regardless, I must drink at least 2 more cups of water a day or my "consequence" is no diet powdered drink the next day!
Not sure what the reason for my curbed carvings really is...all I know is that whatever the reason, it's working for me and I find that my own self-control is getting stronger.
When I get down to my desired weight, I might let the scientist in me test the protein hypothesis by testing only this variable...cutting the protein down to minimum levels and leaving everything else the same. Hmmm.
Have any of you found the protein thing or other nutritional change helpful in curbing cravings????
I'd love to hear what you think.