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Snacking - good or bad?

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Created August 07, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I've been advised to stop snacking. I was recently told by my doctor i have reactive hypoglycemia after having a 3hr glucose tolerance test done. A peer advised I stop snacking because my body may be getting used to having an insulin release too often, and my body may start overcompensating at meal time. I'm trying so hard not to snack, but I'm finding it so hard! I don't know if I need to ramp up my meals, but today i ate:

breakfast: 1/2 cup egg whites and 1 egg with some feta cheese and 2 slices of bacon

lunch: some chicken casserole I made - this is not "paleo" it's just low carb.

I ate breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12pm...and now i'm hungry again. Do you think 3 square meals a day is the way to go for me? If you need any background, ask me some questions!

FOr snacks, I will usually have a "mini meal" like eggs. I haven't really been eating nuts because it's so easy for me to overdo it.

I've also just gotten back on track with paleo-ish diet. This is day 4 and I feel super bloated. Could it be the dairy? Or could it be that I'm getting my period in 4 days...not sure.

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245 · August 07, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I don't think snacking is inherently bad but it certainly does encourage bad habits in my opinion. So overall I agree with this.

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0 · August 07, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The bacon I eat is Applegate Uncured...I usually do cook the eggs in the grease. This morning though, I cooked my eggs in a separate pan in some Kerrygold. I think I'm just going to have to up my fat. I do NOT want to gain weight - I want to lose about 10 pounds. I;ve been wanting to lose 10 pounds for years, lol.

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0 · August 07, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Thanks for the comments. I've been monitoring my blood sugar after meals to see if anything is problematic for me. I hate at 12:30, and my blood sugar is now 87. I guess I should just "fight" through being hungry. That blood sugar is good, but I'm afraid that it will drop even lower soon...I'm probably not eating dinner until 7pm (gotta wait for the hubby to get home). I'll check again in an hour or two and see where I'm at. I want to break the insulin cycle I'm currently in...I guess waiting until dinner is my best bet. If my blood sugar goes way too low, I may have to have something.

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75 · August 07, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I agree with TheGastronomer. Would like to add that if you're having hunger issues up the fat intake which generally turns off "hunger pains". Since you're apparently okay with cheese, throw in some grass fed butter with breakfast. If the bacon is good quality you can not worry so much about the grease. Incorporating coconut oil is another safe bet for controlling hunger.

As far as the bloating goes, have you ever had issues with dairy? Possibly try keeping a food log if you want to quantify it. Dairy is definitely a common trigger for bloating and the hormonal changes that occur during PMS would be a contributing factor.

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463 · August 07, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Eat 2 or 3 square meals a day. That's all you need. Snacking is great for gaining weight, so unless you're really skinny and are actually trying to gain weight, there's no reason to snack. Unless you have a very rare genetic disorder, your body is designed to withstand not eating for several hours and even days, you're not going to drop dead because you haven't eaten something in the last 30 minutes. That's what body fat is for....when you don't eat your body uses its fat stores for energy.

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245 · August 07, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I don't think snacking is inherently bad but it certainly does encourage bad habits in my opinion. So overall I agree with this.

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