Earlier this week, I started reading Dr Vivian Vetrano's eBook, Genuine Fruitarianism; The Ecological, Sociable, Satisfying Way to Eat which goes very deeply into the physiology surrounding our need for protein in the diet (spoiler: You definitely need nuts and seeds in your diet!) In the discussion on protein deficiency, she listed off the related symptoms and how when you're deficient in proteins, your appetite doesn't go away even after eating large meals of fruits and/or salads. This is a problem that I always suffer even though I may have just finished a large salad complete with nuts.
It occurred to me that perhaps my problem is that although I've eaten plenty of protein, my body has yet to assimilate it so the appetite is still running! So yesterday, I decided to eat my nuts and salad dinner for lunch instead. I finished this meal about 12:30 and went out for the rest of the afternoon helping disabled people sail around the local lake. I was pretty busy so by the time I got anywhere near food (doughnuts in this case,) it was 3:30 and I found that I had absolutely no interest in having one.
I came home and fixed up a large smoothie for dinner which I finished about 6:30 and then went out to choir practice for several hours. Coming home from practice has always been a challenging time for me in the past as I usually have a serious desire for something sugary and usually give in to something unhealthy. This time, I had absolutely no interest in snacking at all even though I was up for another hour and a half.
Thinking this might be just a one off, I tried it again today. I had my usual (of late) breakfast smoothie and for lunch tucked into the large salad with sunflower seeds. I then got busy in the garden for the next several hours noticing that several times I thought about how nice it would be to have a snack but never seriously considering it. Since then, I had a smoothie for dinner and here I am at 10pm not concerned in the least about food, feeling quite content and satisfied in that department.
What I think is happening is, my lunchtime protein is being assimilated during the afternoon and by the time I get to dinnertime, it has registered with my appetite. I must say that I wasn't particularly hungry for my dinner but was eagerly awaiting it and enjoyed it immensely. Even so, by the time I was finished, my appetite had well and truly been fulfilled so there was no "craving" remaining to fight with.
I'll continue to test this theory and report back on progress.
I'd like to say that things have been going well since starting this experiment with swapping meals but it hasn't always worked out well. Somedays, I just cannot stick to the schedule due to appointments and jobs that need doing so wind up having protein and salad in the evening. I've also had a few social engagements that have tested my willpower and found it lacking.
I finally got back on form, 3 days ago and am now doing pretty good regardless of the meal schedule. Hopefully, I can keep this going for several weeks as my insides have been complaining loud and clear about my poor snack choices.