Have you ever been in those situations where you eat something so hearty, big in volume and fibrous but still feel hungry an hour or even minutes later? Yeah, I’ve been there so many times, and it is such a bother! I never understood why this would happen. I would eat a ton of overnight oatmeal in a peanut butter jar with fruit, cinnamon, muesli, or curry with tofu and chickpeas, quinoa, sweet potato, spinach and more, but still feel my tummy rumbling afterwards. Oh yeah, and I drank a liter of water beforehand as well. What was the deal?
Well, my friends, after some research and a little trial and error, I realized that there was a HUGE solution to this problem. And to be quite honest, sadly, it sounds so simple. Wanna know what it is? TEMPERATURE. It sounds crazy, but trust me when I explain it. Temperature in food doesn’t seem important: you may be getting in the calories, but what if the temperature of your meals actually affects how you digest and absorb those nutrients, and how you feel afterwards? Sometimes, your body can only get in the important vitamins and minerals if it is balanced.
In fact, my beautiful, inspirational and absolutely amazing friend Sahara Rose of EatFeelFresh and Saraswati Couture, who specializes in Ayurvedic nutrition and health coaching, actually describes our bodily state as a Dosha, which determines our preferences for food, physiological makeup, psychological attitude towards life, physical characteristics, movement, etc. During the fall and winter seasons, we feel more “Vata” (space and air, or wind), or cold and dry. If we continue habits that do not keep us warm and grounded, then we feel even more imbalanced. You can watch this video down below to learn more, go to her blog at this fun link or join her 12-week Whole You Diet program to learn more about eating right for your body type, finding balance, freedom, spirituality and forming a healthy relationship with your body! For this topic in particular, I highly recommend checking out Sahara’s articles Why Vatas Should Not Eat Salads and Heating Veggies!
To be quite honest, I was a bit skeptical about this notion at first, but I was willing to give it a try. One morning, I microwaved my overnight breakfast beans and curry one morning to see if anything would help. Well, I was surprised to feel that after eating them, I felt significantly more satiated than when eating cold curry! I was astounded!
In reflection, it actually makes sense. Our body is like a seasonal clock; our primal instincts and our biological composure goes through a process called homeostasis, in which it adapts to the natural environment around it to regulate its internal state, such as body temperature, blood sugar, hydration, sleep, etc., which is why we tend to feel sleepy and cold in the fall/winter time, and warm, energetic and dehydrated during the spring/summer. No wonder it’s not normal to have smoothies for breakfast in December–we’d freeze to death! We would also feel too heavy and bloated if we were to have a hot meal sometime in July.
So the next time you go out to order a meal or you make something for yourself, ask yourself how you personally feel. Are you cold? Are you dehydrated? Are you lethargic? Your actual state can really determine how you will feel after you eat.This time of year, it’s better to eat hot foods because we naturally burn more calories in cold weather to keep our bodies warm (it’s the reason why people who want to lose weight sleep in the cold!), and when it’s hot, we sweat more and feel more dehydrated, hence why we’re always noshing on watermelons, fruit and raw veggies!
Don’t feel bad if you can’t feel satisfied with that smoothie bowl your friend is munching on. Your friend has a different body composition that may thrive off of colder, cooling foods but has trouble digesting anything hot and cooked. Trust the seasons–why not take advantage of what you can do to warm yourself up when our ancestors had to journey for months and months just to get the smallest speck of fire? So don’t rush into smoothie bowl or salad season yet. You still have plenty of time to enjoy your oatmeal, your soups, your sweet potatoes, and your curries! I hope that this article was interesting and helpful to you if you’ve dealt with the same situation. Don’t forget to check out Sahara’s page, watch her videos and her program that will help you find balance and freedom in your life!
(In fact, I’ll probably go ahead and eat some breakfast curry right now ;D)