Since I started sharing my healthy lifestyle, I often get asked the following questions: What does the rest of your family eat? How many calories/macros should I eat to loose fat/weight? I did a post sharing how I gave up diets and embarked on a healthy journey. I can only share my experience at this point, please feel free to check that post here. I will go over the macro/calorie question in more detail soon.
I figured I would share my answer to the one question I get the most, "What does your family eat, you have a growing boy and a husband, don't they get hungry"? It is so funny... I get this question asked more so in person than online. I think the perception is that I eat veggies all day therefore my son and hubby starve...
The answer is: YES, THEY ARE ALWAYYYYYS HUNGRY!!!!
Now, I have said it before we do not live in a bubble and we enjoy things in moderation. A quick example, I pack my son lunch 4 days out of the week and he gets to have school cafeteria lunch on Wednesdays. We also go out to dinner once a week to our favorite Greek or Mexican Place. Hubby and I, enjoy a
bottle glass of wine during the week.
(For my son today I made him his favorite lunch, banana nut butter roll up. He also gets a fruit and veggie juice, crackers or nuts, apple sauce, etc..)
For my husband as well as my son, I practice the Charles Poliquin approach: "Meat and Nuts" for breakfast. Please do your own research on this. I also do the smaller frequent meals/snacks. We all do 5-6 smaller meals/snacks throughout the day.
If you are the only female in your house, you know that food especially snacks do not last. I find that if I feed them a good serving of healthy fats and protein in the mornings and leave the carbs for later in the day, they are less hungry than when I feed them carbs in the morning.
I used to be big on oatmeal for breakfast especially for my son. However, on our last school break, I found that when I gave Christian (son) oatmeal (carbs) for breakfast, an hour later he was asking for a snack, sluggish on the couch with no energy. I should also mention that Chris is ADHD, so this was abnormal behavior for him.
I started to research how carbs affect insulin in the mornings...
I came across this article by Charles Poliquin. I was intrigued by his theory and how the Meat & Nuts breakfast will work for my son and hubby. Results: were absolute PERFECTION!
I started feeding them whole eggs and avocado, quiches with cheese, hard boiled eggs with string cheese, and eggs with a side of cashews. They loved it, and I definitely have noticed my son is more alert and just has an overall better day at home and at school.
Snacks last a bit longer, Joseph and Chris are less hungry. Heck, even the ritual of the after school snack is pretty much non existent. It worked for us!
I have since introduced the meat and nuts approach for my self as well. I also feel full of energy and less hungry throughout the day.
So, I hope this answers your question.
If you are suffering from hungry teenagers, (teenagers to be) a husband that eats the entire kitchen, I highly recommend giving up those sugary carbs for breakfast and trying out protein and fats instead.
Try it for a week, your wallet will thank you! ;o)
Have you tried Charles Poliquin breakfast approach? Thoughts?