An anonymous reader asks for some help.
Breaking news: Jason, Lisa and I will have a 4Leaf table at the VegFest in Worcester, MA, this Sunday from 11 to 5. Dr. Campbell and Kathy Freston will be speaking.
When I first moved to 100% plant-based eating back in 2003, I found out right away that eating just things like fruit, greens and other high-water content produce will leave you feeling ravenous after an hour or two. Although these are among the most nutritious foods, they also pass through your stomach quickly and leave you feeling hungry long before it’s time for your next meal.
What to do? In my case, it was a simple matter of listening to my body, adding more grains and starches, and planning my daily routine so that I always felt comfortable between meals. Occasionally, I hear from a reader who is experiencing some transitional challenges as he/she moves to this superior way of eating. I got one such note this week:
Hi Mr. Hicks. For breakfast I have Quaker old fashioned oats (boiled in water), sometimes a few raisins, Uncle Sam’s flaxseed, Kashi nuggets, Mom’s Best Toasted Wheat-fuls. I eat a good amount. I go to work and I am flat energy wise. I looked at your posting for your special oatmeal and have concluded that I must be missing something.
I have no energy spark after eating. I am hungry when I get to work. I feel like my breakfast has plenty of grains or starch but no spark and I am still hungry. I’ll eat a sandwich, carrots, apple, cheerios and raisins. Still no spark. Do you have suggestions on what I am missing. Thank you!
My response. Thanks for writing. I recommend that you continue to experiment until you find the routine that works for you. Speaking for me and my son, Jason; we both do a similar oatmeal routine each morning. Like you, Jason goes to work each day and must plan accordingly. A strapping young man of 38 years, he is well over 6 feet tall, is super trim, and his very active lifestyle requires between 3,000 and 4,000 calories per day.
He has a little fruit on his way to his office at 0600 each day. Then he brown-bags to work—all of the ingredients for his version of my daily oatmeal and prepares it in the company lunchroom. If you eat it cold like I do, you don’t even need a microwave to make his method work for you. He describes his oatmeal routine in detail in one of my blogs last year: Oatmeal the Staples way…”That was easy!”
As you may know, my morning routine begins with a large bowl of fruit at 0730 followed by my Sailors Daily Oatmeal whenever I get hungry—usually around 1030 or 1100. Again, my next meal takes place when I get hungry—usually my largest meal of the day at around 2:30 or 3 p.m.
You mentioned Dr. McDougall’s upcoming book, Starch. I think you’re on the right track with his teaching; we do need to eat a great deal of starch in order to provide the energy we need between meals. Since I began eating this way, my weekly consumption of whole grain rice and various legumes has increased about 100 fold. In the old days, although I ate a ton of fruits and vegetables, I also ate a lot of meat and dairy and not so much healthy grains and legumes. So I guess in my case, the healthy starches took the place of meat and dairy in my diet.
Speaking for me and my son—this diet style is working great for us. We have plenty of energy all day long and simply eat all that we want—whenever we want. I hope this information is helpful for you.
Maybe I could provide more input if I knew a little more about your daily eating habits. Have you taken our 4Leaf Survey? If so, please send me a summary of your answers and I perhaps I can suggest a few more things that you might try.
Perhaps my son will add his own “two cents” in the form of a comment on this blog. Again, keep experimenting; I am totally confident that you will find the routine that works best for you. Thanks again for sharing.
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