Last week I received the following e-mail. Since the topic of this correspondence has been brought to my attention many times in the past few years, I really wanted to discuss it here with you and of course, ask for everyone’s input!
Here is the question:
“Good afternoon, Wendy! I hope this finds you peaceful and well. Thank you for the honesty and candor of your blog. I really appreciate it.
When you have a moment, I do have a question for you. How does a person manage on this type of diet when one feels like an empty, bottomless pit even after eating volumes of food? Lol! Like, this morning I ate easily two pounds of vegetables (a mix of spinach, green beans, and butternut squash) steamed with a little salt and nutritional yeast on it. I threw a half-cup of garbanzo beans on top of that and then ate an apple, too. I was still hungry so I ate a rice cake, too. I’m not joking when I say that my plate of breakfast weighed at least a couple of pounds. Now, I just ate my lunch—- a large amount of brown rice with green beans and a mix of eggplant and roasted peppers on top with a large sweet potato and two smaller white potatoes. Put a small amount of soy sauce and salt on this. Again, my lunch was heavy— you could use my lunch box as an arm weight and get a workout! Lol. The crazy thing is, as I sit here writing this, I still feel so so damned hungry. I mean, what the hell? Lol. I wonder if it could be caused by caffeine— I’m embarrassed to write how much tea and coffee I drink in a day (lol). Maybe that’s it? And I know that salt isn’t necessarily a good thing but I just can’t seem to kick it.
Any ideas? I would really appreciate any feedback or insight you might have.”
And then in the same week, this comment was left on my blog post singing the praises of Japanese sweet potatoes:
“I love JSP too much, I believe. I would batch cook them and eat the whole batch in two days – grabbing them from the frig as I walked by just because I knew how delicious they were – not because I was hungry. I don’t have this problem with regular potatoes or orange sweet potatoes. I’m so sad that JSPs seem to be a binge food for me. Anyone else have this problem? I also had this problem with bananas, and even have cut out oatmeal and grains for similar reasons. I just stick with the white potato and orange sweet potatoes for my starches and quickly dropped the 7-8 lbs I’d added. I do miss the others though. Sigh!”