Post Edited (Pin Cushion) : 4/5/2008 5:22:25 AM (GMT-6)
Growing up, the meals my mother put on the table were exactly as you describe- meat, potatoes, green vegetable, yellow vegetable and dessert. There was a lot of pressure about starving kids in Africa too- I never could understand how my eating everything in sight made them less hungry. I was never a 3 meal, after school snack, after dinner snack person- I was too busy playing and running around to think about food- I was always very overweight despite this- as are all of my cousins and 1 of my brothers- the other has the tendency but never lets up in the control.
I was scared into eating the 3 + 2 by the dietitian after my diagnosis. I truly thought I could make my situation worse by not doing so- but it was torture. I know it's recommended so that you don't get overhungry and overeat, or so that you are less susceptible to carb cravings or emotional eating- but I wasn't, and don't.
For me the big thing is taking metformin with food- and I do- I take it with my two largest meals and before bed for my DP control with a glasss of low carb, unsweetneed soymilk-
I think that spacing my meals further apart has helped me continue to lose weight. Some biochemists (the leptin guys) contend that for the first 3-4 hours after you eat, you live off the energy from that meal- then you start to consume your energy reserves (fat) until you eat again. If that's true, then spacing your meals by 5-6 hours makes good sense if you're trying to lose weight. You get to burn a little between meals witout provoking a starvation response, and overnight while you sleep- provided you're not eating midnight snacks which throws off the natural rhythm of the leptin.
This makes so much sense in my case- I've been trying to implement the 5 principles of leptin regulation for the past month and think I am seeing an improvement. The first biggie- is that I was actually AWARE of being TRULY hungry for the first time in years, maybe ever. My mother used to say she could feed me dirt and I wouldn't refuse it because I was always hungry even as a baby-
The second- is that I stop eating as soon as I feel the edge of my hunger leaving- I actually eat less than the prescribed portion sizes of proteins- we'll see if it lasts
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