Monday, February 21, 2011

The Stomach Rules! Yippee?



by Kate Collins

This may sound odd, because I’m on the small side, (think chicken bones) but my day pretty much revolves around my stomach’s happiness. I have to eat breakfast right away because I wake up hungry. I have to travel with almonds or pecans in my carryon in case of a delayed flight. I cannot ever skip a meal without everyone around me suffering.

Basically, I’m a slave to my digestive system. This is unlike my daughter, my sister, or my best friend, who don’t seem to focus on food like I do. In fact, my daughter will sometimes go eight hours without eating (to my GREAT dismay, btw). She claims she gets too busy to think about food. Seriously? Is there ever a time when a person is that busy?

My sister can have coffee first thing in the morning and not eat for hours. Both of the above situations would have me snarling, crabby, and nauseated, and a Kate in those conditions is not about to produce an entertaining book. It would probably sound like I was writing in tongues.

Wherever I am, I have to plan my dining itinerary carefully. It’s hard to be spontaneous sometimes, but the consequences of not paying attention to my hunger signals are really bad.

I’ve found that it helps a lot to include a good source of protein with my meals. That helps to insure that I won’t get the hungries in between. Note the word “helps” in the above sentence.

Are you a slave to your tummy or are you one of those lucky ones who can go for long stretches with nary a growl?

Kate, hoping she’s not alone in this.

24 comments:

Pixie Poe said...

I'm like your daughter. Here's an almost daily conversation between Hubby and me.
Hubby (calling from work): Did you eat?
Me: Do you mean today?
Hubby: Audible sigh, followed by "Yes I mean today."
Me: I had a quad shot latte.
This is the point when Hubby reminds me once again that espresso is not a food group (it should be).

Fiona L. Woods said...

I'm afraid I'm one of those who can get totally caught up in whatever I'm doing and go all day without eating. My dh on the other hand is like you and must eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with a couple of snacks thrown in for good measure. But we manage to survive together!

hatfieldtiffany75 said...

It sounds like you might be hypoglycemic; I sure hope not.

My grandpa is diabetic and it is really hard and stressful on him.

I think I am completely messed up. I can not eat when I wake up. It makes me sick to think about eating when I wake up. If I wake up hungry and I eat I stay hungry all day long. It is really wierd.

IMPALER said...

I use to be one of those people who could go hours without eating a thing. I'm NOT small..lol. I usually eat less than my youngest child who is a bean pole with a fast metabolism. I'm diabetic and therefore I have to graze all day to keep my body happy.

Min said...

I'm a bit of a slave to my GI system, but more because I have several health issues, so I have to carefully plan everything out. In the mornings, I have to take meds on a completely empty stomach, but then not eat for again for at least 30 minutes.

In the evening, I have to take different meds with a very low-fat meal.

I also can't eat too late at night because if I do, I'll be nauseous in the morning, and the only way to cure that is to eat, which means I won't be able to take my morning meds. It's a vicious cycle! lol

Melanie said...

LOL can't figure out how to get my son's screen name off my comment..(Impaler) Just know it's not him it's me..lol

Ria said...

I'm diabetic and have to eat several small meals throughout the day. When I am unable to, for whatever reason, I get very very crabby. I wake up hungry, but have to take meds and wait an hour before eating.

I would definitely get your blood sugars checked. Even if that isn't the problem it is a great idea to always include protein in your meal and snacks.

Dru said...

I have to have something for breakfast and because I get up early, I need to eat by noon and dinner must be eaten by 6pm; if not, I get the worse headaches and then become cranky. My doctor said I had a mild form of hypoglycemia.

~ Babs ~ said...

My kids are your like daughter they can go for hours and not thing twice about it. I have to remind them to eat. I am a diabetic and other health issues so I take lots of meds some on empty stomach and some while eating. I eat several small meals a day. Protein is my friend and does make me less hungry at times when I do get busy.

Marilyn said...

Kate, you described me to a "T"; you're not alone! In our case, it's my husband who forgets to eat; totally annoying! Yes, I'd say we both are a touch hypoglycemic, but as long as the regular food keeps coming, it's OK!

Breaunna said...

I am hypoglycemic so I completely understand what you are going through. Trips out of town make me nervous not knowing when or where I might find something to eat. It also doesn't help that I am a very picky eater but a lot of times when my blood sugar level drops I'll eat just about anything. My family suffers with me when I need something to eat & it's not pretty but they graciously deal with it. I do find that it helps to know there are other people in my situation and I am not alone.

Take care Kate!

signlady217 said...

Absolutely, you are not alone! Every once in a while I can go for hours without eating. This happened just this past Saturday, didn't get to eat lunch until around 2:00, running on 2 cups of coffee and a bottled water. (I'm surprised I was still standing!) But most of the time I need to eat several small protein-packed meals throughout the day/evening. I've never been much of a breakfast person, so I usually end up eating "brunch" instead. And it can get very ugly for the people around me if they have to deal with me being hungry and cranky! :)

Anonymous said...

I am hypoglycemic, and a drop in blood sugar can masquerade as a panic attack, NEITHER is a joy to experience or be around! My Fiance' is Diabetic, so we are a perfect match, both have to eat regularly...HE always says he is a slave to his tummy (even over SEX! LOL)
It's a good thing he's cute....LOL!!! I can see it now, "Honey, turkey leg? or Sweet, sweet love?" HIM: "Mmmmmmm..Turkey!!"

Rochelle Staab said...

You're not alone, Kate. I'm more aware of my eating schedule than my social schedule - must have my three meals, must know where they're coming from or there is hell to pay. Cranky when I'm not fed? Beyond. I even take sandwiches on planes.

I'll eat almost anything but I must eat!

Heather Webber said...

Kate wanted you all to know she's "out of the office" today but will check in as soon as she can. :)

As for me, I'm like your daughter, Kate. But I know people (some who live in this house, cough, cough) who need to have regular meals. And snacks. Or else.

Shushan said...

I'm like Impaler in that I don't eat much. I often wake up without an appetite and often go many hours without feeling hunger kick(but when it does, I feel starved.) I am not small. *sigh* My body is entirely too efficient with anything even vaguely like food.

I think everybody does spend a fair amount of time deciding if and when they will eat. I try to plan meals so I don't get so wrapped up in a project that I lose track until my body protests. Waiting that long is invariably unpleasant, and worrisome for those who care about me.

Nancy said...

As Kate's sister, I can attest to the fact that she does need to eat VERY soon after waking. In fact, breakfast is served before I'm fully awake...or even out of bed, sometimes. One of the few ways that we are very, very different. :)

Vickie said...

I eat breakfast in the morning because it starts the furnace. What I need is caffeine almost first thing in the AM. I keep my trail mix of almonds, walnuts and raisins nearby. I keep fruit at the ready. Trying to do better with my snacking habits so I can lose some weight, but I know eating is important to this.

Kate Collins said...

Well I don't know about you, but I feel much better. It's nice to know there are people like us in both categories, isn't it? I probably am a touch hypoglycemic, but my bloodwork always come back fine, even when I fast before hand. Go figure. I have a fast metabolism, so maybe that works against me. As my sister knows, when I'm hungry, I need to find food fast.
Glad some of you are with me. And those of you like my daughter, I'm shaking my finger at you the way a mom would do. This is my lecture: Eat balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels even. When they plunge and peak, it wreaks havoc on your body. So consider yourself Mom-ized. ;-)
And p.s. to Protojew62, your comment was hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.

Aurian said...

I don't eat breakfast very often, but then I do need some lunch, and especially dinner. But "nearly that time of the month" really makes me stuff myself. And I have to have chocolat in the cupboard for those cravings.

Rural View said...

I wake up hungry and must have orange juice and something to eat. Despite that, I'm hungry all morning, eat lunch and some fruit, and want to eat again in late afternoon so I give in to Wheat Thins. Supper? Who cares? My husband and I are very often not the least bit interested in that third meal. We're old geezers and not too active so that explains it.

Victoria said...

I have never missed a meal in my LIFE... and I have the padding to prove it. Morning is just a half whole wheat bagel with PB. But I'd rather go hungry than go without coffeeeee... honestly. I can't think without it; I know I'm a caffeine addict.

Peggy Graham said...

I was actually going to comment yesterday when I first read this post, but reading about that food made me hungry and I had to go find a snack. :)

I can't eat right away when I wake up in the morning but I do need to eat regularly during the day, and I always try to have a protein snack on hand in case I get hungry. I am definitely hypoglycemic, and if my glucose level gets low I don't get crabby but extremely spacey and dysfunctional. One thing I have found that helps immensely is not to eat ANYTHING sugary without an accompanying protein boost - that's a definite recipe for disaster. So you're definitely not alone.

Shushan said...

I will try that protein w/ any sugar thing, Peggy. Maybe it will help me too

lol on the post making you hungry. I felt the same way :)