Volume Eating · 20 August 2013

Much to my wife’s chagrin, I tend to eat lots of food.

It used to be the norm that I would eat and eat and eat until I was stuffed. Sometimes it happened without my even knowing it. Until I had that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” moment. The more plant-based, whole foods I eat, the less of those times I have.

Yesterday, I had one of those feeding frenzies. Apparently, with just enough processed food to get the party started. I ate and ate and ate. Fortunately, I did not waddle around feeling miserable like I used to do, but I was still more than full.

I did not realize until this morning at least one of the reasons why I overate.

I remembered reading Eat to Live and wondering why Dr. Fuhrman said to eat both raw and cooked vegetables. Something he mentioned about volume receptors in the stomach now makes sense.

Raw vegetables take up more volume than cooked vegetables. Before and after they are eaten. I can eat lots more food when I just eat cooked vegetables. I can even get close to the miserable stage with a little processed food thrown in the mix. That was what I did yesterday. Or rather what I did not do yesterday. I did not have any raw veggies. And I ate too much. So while there are some nutritional differences in cooked and raw vegetables, the main reason (at least for me) to have some raw vegetables with meals is volume.

Thankfully, I rarely have those meals anymore when I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. And thankfully, I tend to eat more reasonable amounts of food these days. Even if I eat more than my wife thinks I should.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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