I have recently invested in a Crockpot. It was probably the best investment I've ever made.
HOWEVER - I find that because he meat is often shredded, I can pack in a HELL of a lot of food this way. It is extremely hard to judge if I am overeating on the protein front, especially as I am trying to lean out. If I over indulge in the Crockpot's shredded delights, I will indeed stay fuller for much longer, however it seems to be a bit of a battle with myself to find a self control cut off point when enough is enough!
I wondered if anyone else had experienced the same problem and does anyone think that there is such a thing as TOO many Crockpot meals - should they be treated as candy cigarettes too?
You could try getting a food scale and measuring out individual portions of the meat. That might help for you to keep control over exactly what you're eating. Doing this will help if you use a food/nutrition tracker program such as Fitday.
A paleo "candy cigarette" is an attempt to make paleo versions of SAD foods. Paleo faux pancakes and paleo faux rice would be examples of candy cigarettes.
Crock pots make real paleo food. They are not candy cigarettes.
If you can't resist pigging out on crock pot shredded meat, then don't cook it. Cook something else. Crock pots are much more versatile than you might imagine. Google "crock pot recipe." You'll be surprised at the things people use crock pots for.
And, so what if you pig-out once and a while? All that means is come next meal time, you won't be as hungry (or hungry at all). If you aren't hungry, don't eat. Don't be a slave to the SAD breakfast/lunch/dinner meal schedule. If you'll wait to eat till you're hungry (even if means eating at odd times) then pigging out isn't the end of the world.
It could be that you find meat cooked this way to be more palatable, or perhaps more importantly, more rewarding. I know that I can eat a much greater quantity of bacon (by calories) than almost any other meat. I don't remember ever stopping eating bacon because I was "full."
I guess we all have these foods--even when they're paleo--that trigger over-consumption for us. I try to do what another response suggested, and immediately portion everything. I often freeze stuff right away too, because once it's frozen, it introduces just enough hassle to eating it to overcome my craving for it.
It's likely we all eat more of something that's really tasty. I know I do, and as long as it's healthy meat and veggies, I don't get too concerned. It's likey, too, that as you use your crockpot over time, the foods won't seem as novel or special. That said, I could probably eat a 3# grass-fed chuck roast, simmered all day in the crockpot with garlic and onions in one sitting, given the chance, and I'm not a very big person. There is something mildly irresistable about it.
I also freeze some of what I cook each time, as mentioned by others, or package it for lunches.
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