After a lifetime of high-carb eating, which overwhelmed Juliana’s system before she was 3, she doesn’t know what her “normal” appetite is. We’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to whether she feels hungry; whether she feels full; and whether she feels overfull. We’re trying to learn how much she has to eat to not be hungry and to maintain her energy level depending on what she’s doing. If she’s running a lot, playing soccer and then refereeing a soccer game, she might need to eat more than if she has a sedentary day. But we want her to eat no more than she has to so that her weight will continue to drop.
A well-functioning appetite should make these adjustments automatically. Juliana’s appetite has been elevated for so long that she has to concentrate to tune in to the new information she is getting from her body. She also has to get used to the fact that a smaller quantity of food is adequate. A high carb diet produces extreme hunger in a sensitive individual, and I believe it is truly painful, especially for a child. She still has a bit of fear of being hungry if she eats a smaller amount of food.
She was very hungry on the Packard program, so that is one of her touch points. She should not be that hungry, ever. She should try not to feel stuffed ever either. She’s started eating her meals a lot more slowly than she used to–I think this development is mostly unconscious, but it helps her to avoid eating more than she needs. She’s not starving when she sits down to eat, as she was on a high carb eating plan, so it’s more possible and easier to eat slowly.