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If you're just arriving, this thread is VERY important and worth reading again and again. Each puff, dip or chew of nicotine fed us via adrenaline releases of stored fats and sugars into our bloodstream. Many of us lived in a very unnatural feeding world where we rarely experienced periods or feelings of hunger. As Joel indicates, it's important that we understand and appreciate the time delay between eating food and our brain sensing that the amount of food we've eaten was sufficient to replenish our needs - about 20 minutes!
As Joel points out, if, because of nicotine's ability to instantily feed us, we are not used to this natural 20 minute period of hunger and may attempt to satisfy it with a shovel instead of a slow slow spoon. We can devour an awful lot of groceries in those 20 minutes! None of us need to eat one calorie more than we did while using nicotine but we may need to learn to properly deal with hungar and we may need to learn to spread our normal calorie intake out more evenly over our entire day. It's really a learning experience.
If a food crave should arrive, the slower we eat and the greater amount of time passing between helpings, the fewer helpings we may find we need. After all these years of nicotine feeding us it can take a bit of practice learning how to feed ourselves properly again. What a wonderful problem to have!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long!
John : )
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Meal pattern, food choice, nutrient intake and lifestyle factors in The Göteborg Adolescence Study.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003 Dec;57(12):1569-78Sjöberg A, Hallberg L, Höglund D, Hulthén L.
Department of Clinical Nutrition, Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Box 459, SE 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden. [url=mailto:email@example.com]firstname.lastname@example.org[/url]
OBJECTIVE: To relate meal pattern of Swedish adolescents to food choice, nutrient intake and other lifestyle factors.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study including diet history and interview about smoking, ethnicity, social factors and retrospectively collected data of menarche and growth. SETTING: School setting, Göteborg, Sweden.
SUBJECTS: A total of 611 boys and 634 girls in grade 9 (15-16 y).
RESULTS: The majority of the students, 65% of the boys and 52% of the girls, consumed three main meals daily. The in-between meals, however, contributed the major part of the energy intake. The energy intake was 12.93.5 MJ (means.d.) for boys and 9.02.5 MJ for girls. Irregular breakfast eating, 12% of the boys and 24% of the girls, was related to negative lifestyle factors where smoking was the strongest, odds ratio 3.8 (95% CI: 2.6-5.4) and to irregular intake of lunch and dinner. These boys and girls had a food choice including a higher percentage of energy from snack food (26% vs 20% and 19% in boys and girls respectively, all P<0.001), mostly consumed between the main meals. These groups had significantly lower intakes of micronutrients, but higher intakes of sucrose and alcohol compared to the groups with regular breakfast intake. Girls omitting breakfasts and lunches (8%) also had a less healthy food choice and the poorest nutrient intake. These girls had matured earlier, with menarche age of 12.21.1 y vs 12.91.0 y (P<0.001) in girls with regular main meal intake.
CONCLUSIONS: Meal pattern with omission of breakfast or breakfast and lunch was related to a clustering of less healthy lifestyle factors and food choice leading to a poorer nutrient intake.
SPONSORSHIP: The Swedish Medical Research Council (project B94-19X-04721-19A), the Swedish Mill Industry and the Wilhelm and Martina Lundgren Foundation.
PMID: 14647222 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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