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08-31-2004, 12:32 AM
had the problem of losing their appetite? I get hungry but then I start eating and find that very little food satisfies me. I know it sounds like boo-hoo why worry but I don't want to screw up the metabolism thereby making it harder to lose weight. I am really struggling to get the vegis all down. Last night when dh fixed my birthday dinner I was starving for meat and ate almost all chicken with some cauliflower and squash but no where near the two cups I need to have.

Just wondering if anyone else had this problem and how you dealt with it. :chin: :^:

08-31-2004, 08:32 AM
Hi Bunna, I find my appetite is much smaller since on SB.

What surprises me most is how long a meal lasts before I get hungry again. Late afternoon used to be a danger time for me, but now I don't crave and cruise the kitchen from 3-5 like I used to do.

In addition, the quantity of food I can hold has diminished.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you add up all the veg you eat or drink during the day you may be surprised at how much you have. :chin:

I must have missed in the SB book where it specifies you need 2 c of veg at dinner. If you have some peppers or celery as a later snack, would it count do you think?

What I have been trying to do is make sure any second helping is veg before I allow it to be the protein portion of the meal. Also, thinking of the plate as a clock and having 45 minutes of veg and/or good grains, and 15 minutes of protein, helps me keep proportions in mind.

08-31-2004, 08:36 AM
I find my appetite is smaller too. I actually don't finish sometimes - unheard of for me! I'm starting to recognize that strange feeling means I'm full! :lol:
Two cups of veggies? I'm not sure that I've ever seen that written down. Maybe two cups in a day? That would be four servings of cooked veggies, I guess.

08-31-2004, 09:56 AM
Actually, somewhere I read that we're supposed to have 4.5 servings of veg a day! :faint: Might be in the post from ADDFlower from the SBD website?

Anyways, Bunna, I have the same problem. I find that it's really hard to get those extra veggies in, but I just force myself. If I find that I am really full, I think that forcing more food in is developing bad habits (or enhancing my old bad habits), so I don't. But if I am thinking of eating dessert or more protein, I make myself eat more veggies first. Does that make sense? I also try to add more veggies to the things I make. For instance, a couple weeks ago, I made mac n' cheese with WW noodles. To stretch it farther, I added peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli.

I find that adding in veggies as a side when I would normally add a starch helps too. We had hamburgers for dinner on Saturday, and had a cold veggie salad and three bean salad with it instead of whatever we normally would have had. But I didn't finish the veggies...I was too full from the burger!

Just try to get as many in as you can. Try to have a veggie with at least one snack...that will help, too. And take vitamins just in case you don't get all you need. :)

I think it's great that you are thinking about this! :D

08-31-2004, 10:25 AM
Not me, I could still eat a ton of food if I allowed myself.

08-31-2004, 12:53 PM
Thanks everybody, I do feel better this morning. I also forgot about drinking some V8 with my meals to get extra vegies. I love having it for breakfast for sure. :coffee: After going to bed I also had the thought that I have been overeating for so many years that eating a normal amount of food feels like too little. ;)

08-31-2004, 01:29 PM
Yeah, that is so true. I made burgers a few nights ago. One large burger on a whole wheat bun, with mozarella cheese, lettuce, tomatos and pickles. DH looked at me and said "Where's the rest?" I said "The rest of what?" He replied "Dinner!". LOL - we used to eat 2 burgers each plus an ear or two of corn or some grilled potatos or something. But we were both pretty full by the time we finished our one burger each.

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08-31-2004, 01:50 PM
Me too. I actually find that, if I have my mid-afternoon snack, I don't want to eat supper at all. I know this isn't healthy, but I just am not interested in eating in the evenings. This is a long way from my usual where I am tempted above everything to snack at night.