Is there such a thing as eating too many vegetables? I load my plate with vegetables (and a serving of protein/fat) at every meal in hopes of feeling "full". I find that growing up on pasta and bread makes it difficult for me to control that "I'm still hungry" feeling when I don't eat grains (I realize this is because of a craving and not necessarily hunger). However, I find that sometimes my body isn't even processing the vegetables; they are just passing through whole. Is this a sign that I am eating so many that my body doesn't need the nutrients?
Just curious what others have experienced. I hate to cut down on the veggies, because I'll end up indulging in something unhealthy that will make me feel terrible. Right now Peanut Butter is my only vice (don't judge me! I'm deployed with limited assets!).
Of note, I go after every meal, if not more often.
I'm not looking for advice on how to refine my diet (especially since I have not given much of a breakdown of what my diet looks lik), simply looking for anyone who has information on what might be considered "too many vegetables" or has seen similar from their own veggie intake. I appreciate the advice, but I'm not in a position to take it, and in most cases I won't! :)
Sounds like you aren't digesting your food & extracting the nutrients, so it makes sense that you feel hungry all the time.
By drinking so much at meals you are diluting your stomach acids and making it even harder to start digesting your food properly. Many folks suggest drinking only 3-4 oz of liquids with meals.
Try eating more fat & protein at your meals & ease off the protein shakes & you will still lose your body fat.
Your body is trying to tell you something: "stop gobbling down things that relatively low nutritional value or else I'll just eject it as quickly as possible" :-) or something like that.
If I eat more than a small salad or small sweet potato with dinner I'm unpleasantly reminded the next day that fiber is better for cows than humans.
Cook your veggies more thoroughly to help make it easier to digest. Drink water throughout the day so you don't need to drink so much during meals (just little sips). Chew WELL. Eat slowly (so you're not swallowing air and getting too much gas up in there).
I personally eat loads of veggies (4 cups for breakfast typically), but if it isn't cooked enough I look like I am pregnant just a few hours later. Blanch greens before frying them, steam instead of just baking it until it's kind of tender. Those two help me a lot.
It's possible you just have a faster GI tract than average. My veggies, too, are poorly digested. Particularly if I eat them late in the day, as everything clears out at the same time everyday for me.
You'd be hard-pressed to eat too much vegetable matter on a paleo diet, always bothers me that everybody's answer is perpetually: eat more fat and protein. Paleo is not just some high fat, meat-dominated diet.
Do you have access to starch like potatoes or sweet potatoes if only to act as a binder? Having to crap that much per day would put me off of raw veggies all together. Aren't there usually steamed vegetables served at meal times too? A few veggies to avoid raw are cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms if you are having digestive issues. If you are eating that much veggie matter, you could safely cut back on the water a bit too.
If starch seems scary during weight loss, check out the Perfect Health Diet, some people actually do better with a bit of it. Rice might be okay for you too, if you are really craving grain.
I'm wondering about the ingredients in the protein shakes, many have sugar alcohols to keep the carb count low, and those have a pretty strong laxative effect.
Good luck, it is hard enough to dial in the right diet when you have control over your food supply, I can't imagine doing this through industrial food channels.
I know you didn't want advice, but I'm a fixer...
It sounds to me like you need to do some tweaking to eliminate possible "intolerance" foods. If you have undigested veggies making their way through, then there's something about problematical with either the food or your digestion. Everyone's body is different: there might a couple of vegetables that your system just can't handle, or you may have an underlying problem with your gut flora that is trying to make itself known.
(Also, I'm not sure I buy into the water/stomach acid thing. I haven't actually done the math, but between the stomach being a buffered system and pH being a logarithmic scale, I think you'd have to drink a truly stupefying amount of water to budge the stomach pH into the "ineffective" range.)
I'm going to say what i have yet to read from anyone else, Pooping it healthy! Somewhere along the line people got the idea that its wrong to go to the bathroom often, but the truth is that not going often is bad for you. I have had multiple abdominal surgeries that have made it so that I have no choice but to go constantly. While it is annoying it is also healthy to get rid of the waste that builds up in our bodies.
I had my gallbladder removed and know that is part of the reason that I can be a "salad shooter" for lack of a better term, but it doesn't mean that you are eating too many veggies, or that your drinking too much water, it just means that your body's not breaking down each and every bite!
As long as you feel fine and healthy then I don't know why you should worry. As I said, its annoying but unless you think you have developed a build up of candida, or have chrones, you should be good to go, and go, and go
You don't need to cook your food and you certainly dont need to eat more meat and fat. There is also no such thing as too many veggies, it's impossible. You will also not "dilute" your stomach acid and keep yourself from digesting properly. My suggestion would be to get off this board and ask such questions of people who know what they are talking about.
Say no to the bro (bro science that is).
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