When I was eating foods like that pictured above, I was constantly feeling the need to eat and eat and eat. I craved vast amounts of sugar. Binge eating was the norm. I got sick and tired of eating so much and not feeling full.
Now, with Paleo, I do overeat. But it may be an extra piece of beef, or some more veggies. I don't usually snack after dinner, but I grabbed a bowl of grapes one night. And once that is consumed, I am done. I am full.
Protein makes me full. I would get these mixed messages that I should eat a high fiber diet because it would keep me full. Well, I would eat a nice bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and jelly for breakfast at 7 a.m., and by 9 a.m., I was STARVING. My belly would ache for more food. I had protein in there; what's the deal?
At 7 a.m. this morning, I had two eggs cooked in coconut oil, 1/2 an avocado and a banana. I am full. And I am not ravenously thinking about what to get for lunch. Right now, I am thinking that I am too lazy to go out in this snow to get lunch.
It may seem a bit bizarre to think that one should eat protein with good fats to lose weight. Well, it is working for me. I ate ribs on Sunday. Thanks to my slow cooker, I had a couple of ribs for breakfast, ribs for lunch, and ribs for dinner. I was uncomfortably full on Sunday evening. That was my binge. The next day, I proceeded to eat lighter. I had one egg and fruit. I had a salad with bacon and poached egg for lunch, and for dinner I had roasted root veggies, green beans with bacon, and chicken thighs with the skin.
I know what you are thinking, I am going to have a heart attack. Maybe, but I am eating the same fats that we would consume with a grain diet, but my body is reacting much differently because I am grain free. And, I woke up this morning and weighed myself and was still at 197. Does fat truly make you fat?
I have not exercised because I have a cold. I am not even thinking about activity. I am just thinking of how to vary the foods that I eat so I can have a variety of veggies with my meats. I am thinking of what kinds of meats to cook, recipes, and whether I should slow cook or roast.
I am feeling energetic even though I am very sick and miserable, but still happy. Good fats can change your mood. My body doesn't feel bad like it did when I had a pasta-palooza-fest happening daily.
How do you deal with binge days?