I've been paleo off and on for about a year, but strictly gluten free since I began. Within the last few weeks I've really gotten much stricter about macros, whole foods, soaking any nuts/seeds I eat, etc, and I have some questions about insulin responses/resistance.
I've always struggled with my weight and hunger, and for a while thought that my insatiable appetite was a response to just 'the way I was wired', and maybe even a response to lifting heavy. I could never understand people that weren't hungry a few hours after eating, or 'forgot to eat'. I was always hungry. However, within the last few weeks I've really cut down on sugar and reintroduced small amounts of daily fruit after cutting it out for keto purposes in the fall (which, for the record, was NOT optimal for me). Since introducing more carbs from fruit and cutting out any processed anything, gluten free or other, my hunger has all but gone away, and for the first time ever, I can go 7-8 hours between meals and not even think about food. Is it the addition of good carbs, whereas before I demonized them unless I was partaking in some sort of cheat treat once every few days? Is it the move away from all non-paleo foods?
As an aside, I ate a bowl of *soaked* gluten free oats for breakfast this morning for the first time in probably a year (typically my breakfasts the last few weeks have been eggs, a fruit, nuts, heavy cream in coffee, etc), and my insatiable appetite is back. I ate candy in the afternoon as a result, and I think it was the oats and the insulin response they caused in me. Am I on track with this line of thinking? If this is so, will I ever be able to eat oats/cheat meals without a huge response like this? I'd like to enjoy some ice cream or gluten free pizza once in a blue moon without annihilating the candy aisle of the local CVS later on that day. I feel fantastic when I eat clean like I have lately, but ice cream is my absolute weakness. Will my insulin resistance ever sensitize and heal if I occasionally eat foods that cause a response?
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I would say it's the move away from all non-paleo food. If a person comes to paleo from a meat-avoidant lifestyle, she feels better for a while...say, 6 months? At some point, however, the body tells us very clearly what it wants. I think we ignore that at our peril. Smart perfectionists are GREAT at ignoring our body's cues in the name of the latest diet. I say eat the carbs.