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Thu Aug 26 13:05:31 UTC 2010

Do you have any pointer on transitiong from a meat based diest to a fish based diet?
Asked By: rev_mattula  

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I have type 1 diebeties and i was first diagnosed at 46 on feb 09. I am trying to add more fish into my diet. I have been noticing a problem. I can have a salad with a half of chicken breast and it would fill me up. If I use a package of tuna I m starving by dinner time and end up eating more. My typical lunch is 2 fiber tablets and akins fiber bar A Salad 3 cups lettuce and spinach Bean spouts or cauliflower slaw Tomatoes And 3 table spoons of dressing. Or a sandwich 4 oz of meat A table spoon of lite mayo or salad dressing 1 hard roll. I eat the same portion size of tuna versus meat but I get hungry fast when I eat the fish.
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Expert Answers (1)
2014-07-24 18:35:51.0

Dear rev_mattula,
Thank you for writing dLIfe!

First, double- check the portion size on your pouch of tuna. Some of the tuna packs are only 2.6 ounces. One-half of a chicken breast can weigh up to 5 ounces. If this is the case, it may be simply an issue of unequal portion sizes.

If your portion sizes are the same for both the chicken and the fish, then you may be digesting the tuna more quickly.

According to the information you provide, it sounds like you are eating a good amount of fiber with your meals. This is one of the two ways that can help you feel full longer.

The other way that will help is by having a good quality fat or oil with meals. This will keep the food in your stomach longer while providing cell-protective nutrients. Some great sources of healthy fats include extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocado, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil.

Healthy regards!

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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2010-09-04 00:26:22.0

Possibly you could try limiting non-fish meat to only twice a week so that way it would be a more gradual change and perhaps accommodate adjusting to a new way of eating. Then, cut back to once a week until you have made the dietary transition. Something else that will help you from getting hungry so quickly is to increase your fiber. Fiber makes you fill full longer as it slows digestion and it has a low glycemic impact. Fiber can also help control glucose, cholesterol and triglyerides. A great source of fiber is Fiber One Cereal, Original. It has 14 grams of fiber in only 1/2 cup. It can be used in a variety of ways. Sprinkle it on salad instead of using croutons. Crushed, it can be used just like graham cracker crumbs to make a pie crust for a diabetic friendly pie. Its very filling. Whatever you do, best wishes for your success.
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