This was my dinner last night. Simple and filling. No I didn't eat the mashed potatoes.
I just started reading Robb Wolf’s latest book, Wired to Eat. If you’re not familiar with Robb, he was one of the first big proponents of eating Paleo. His book The Paleo Solution was one of the first Paleo books that I read. As diet books go, it’s an easy read and pretty funny at times.
Anyhow, I’m just getting started with Wired to Eat and something that he says in the early pages really resonated with me. If you’re trying to cut back on the amount of food you eat to lose or maintain your weight, keep it simple. While losing weight isn’t as simple as “calories in, calories out”, certainly overeating can be a cause of weight gain.
Your body has a regulation system for deciding how much to eat. It’s affected by how much protein, carbs and fat you’re eating, but it’s also affected by flavors.
What’s the annual meal that where just about all Americans overeat? Thanksgiving. How many dishes are there at Thanksgiving? Six or eight? Twelve? Pretty easy to overeat isn’t it? That’s because your body can get the full signal from eating one thing, but then it gets reset when there are new flavors.
And one of the problems that we have with some “foods” that you can buy these days is that they’re designed to make you eat, and eat more and more. That’s what food scientists do… they design foods that you’ll want to eat a lot of. Yet another reason to stay away from processed foods.
So when you’re making your meals, keep them simple. They can still be really tasty, but you don’t need more than a few ingredients. One dish meals like Pineapple Curry is a great example. Delicious, filling, nutritious and you’re not likely to overeat it.