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From: ellie (204.211.2.254)
Subject:         thanks - one more question
Date: September 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: and speaking of calories posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on September 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm:

I've always eaten, well, pretty healthy. I've been vegetarian since I was a kid and vegan for the last 20 years. Really no junk food. I've always been active and never had to think about my weight for a second before. I've tended to rely a lot on beans and whole grains for "staying power". Then I looked at the fact that what for me is a small scoop of beans is around 400 calories! Ouch! So I am trying to cut back on things like that.

I have read that lack of sleep can upset your hormones and result in interruption of the normal feedback that tells your brain you have eaten enough, so that you are hungry even though you don't truly need more food, resulting in weight gain. This is actually my big fear. My work schedule right now requires me to work some crazy hours, lots of on-call and overtime shifts, and so I don't have a real sleep pattern and never get more than 4 hours a night during the week. On weekends I can get as much as 6 hours. Sure enough, since I've been doing this it seems like I'm always hungry, and that makes me reluctant to trust my own subjective sense of hunger. The sensors are malfunctioning and i have to make rational choices about whether I "should" need to eat at particular times.

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