Hunger and cravings
Originally Posted by mimi!
I have a question about going grain free. I've read the pecan bread site, but it didn't have all the info. I need. So what carbs are legal?
We have found that we are hungry if we don't eat carbs with a meal. We generally stick to millet and quinoa, and amaranth or oatmeal for breakfast.
Hi, mimi. I struggle with this, too. I feel kind of hungry without the carbs and more full when I have them.
But for myself personally, I'm starting to wonder if the "full" feeling is a bit of bloating for me, because my when I don't have the grains, I feel less "stuffed". My body feels more "streamlined". If that makes sense.
Anyway, I have read from some of the SCD lists that for some, the hunger was a bother in the beginning but then stabilized. I think that is why Elaine advises no quantity limits on the intro diet, just to eat when hungry.
Also, I remember reading on Dr. Mercola's site that it can take a bit of time for your insulin levels to stabilize when cutting down on grains. Maybe hunger is a side effect of that, too? Maybe that is what happend for the other SCD folks for whom the hunger eventually abated?
Here's the link and quote from the Mercola site:link (middle of page)
|Eat every two hours. Most of us eat large amounts of grains and sugars that cause us to have large amounts of insulin circulating in our blood. When you stop eating grains your body will take several days to lower your insulin levels. In the meantime the high insulin levels will cause you to have many symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, headaches, and generally feeling miserable. If you eat every two hours for the first few days of your transition you will be able to avoid this temporary side effect. You will need to eat some protein, such as an egg, piece of chicken, turkey or fish, or some seeds, along with a vegetable such as a piece of celery, cucumber or red pepper. This will help to prevent hypoglycemia and stabilize your blood sugar.
If it's easier to cut down on grains gradually rather than cutting them out altogether, I see no reason why you couldn't go that route.
Of course, I find grains very addictive so either way is hard for me. I love rice and pasta but I have found that since I have cut wayyyyy down, that the less I have it, the less I want it.
Keep in mind that based on the science of the SCD diet, it states it must be followed 100% for healing to happen. But, unless you are having severe gastrointestinal distress (such as Crohn's, IBS, etc.), in which case sticking to the diet immediately should help provide relief, I don't see why you couldn't just gradually cut down on grains.
I am still working on finding SCD recipes that the whole family likes. Once I get a bunch of those together, I hope it will be easier and easier for us to make the last leap.
And finally, this thought popped into my head. IMHO I think any diet benefits from an increase in fruits and vegetables rather than an increase in either grains or proteins I find most people tend to focus on one or the other, rather than the fruits or veggies, when changing their diets. My twocents