We need this thread!
I was skimming through recent threads and realize I only get notifications to the ones I actively follow. I thought this was one of them but I guess not. :)
@Joyce I feel you on the holidays. They're meant to be a joyous, warm, loving, celebratory occasion but for many they can leave you feeling down and sad. I'm sort of a mixed bag with that time of year, although when January comes I find I'm both happy to have a bit more structure and "normalcy" and sad because the holidays are over and this time of year always feels gray and cold.
As I was reading further down the thread I saw what @skwiggs said about carbs+fat=bloat/puffiness. I feel like bloating is always one of my big issues and that might just be due to gluten, which I am really careful about but understand that I live with 3 other people who *do* eat it so maybe there's cross contamination here and there.
I definitely find I am way more satisfied when I eat protein+fat. I still eat carbs throughout the day, but if I don't have butter, cheese, salad dressing, whatever, I'm never really satisfied. The weird thing is that when I eat something like GF pasta or rice (I made a Hello Fresh chicken fried rice the other night for dinner) I find that I'm insatiable. There wasn't a lot of chicken to go around (I feel like they always skimp on the protein 😁) and I went back twice for more before I finally thought I'd had enough. It's one of the reasons why I think I generally don't eat a lot of pasta. It's not my favorite thing in the world, but it always seems to take bucket loads for me to feel full and satisfied.