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Only satiated eating red meat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

My DH seems to be having an issue where the only time he feels full is if he eats red meat, particularly beef. It's actually getting to the point where he gets upset if I prepare chicken (always dark meat) more than once a week. I try to cycle through beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc so everyone at the table gets to eat something they really enjoy every week.

I go out of my way to add lots of fats/grease to meals for him but it doesn't make a difference. Even if I make a beef bone soup with lots of marrow and tallow in it, it still doesn't fill him up. He says it's a combo of the high protein and fat, not one or the other.

Not sure if it's part of the issue but within the past 6 months he seems to have developed a severe reaction to all dairy and we're working to treat possible leaky gut. It was so bad that he went through all of January and some of February with horrific diarrhea (12+ times/day) so he was essentially starving during that period.

Anyone ever experienced the 'red meat = satiety' thing? Could there be something in beef or tallow that his body is craving? Anything I can do to help DH feel full eating other things?

eta: he's also still a bit over weight but isn't gaining/losing for almost a year.

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on May 21, 2013
at 03:53 PM

This is an interesting problem. Thanks for sharing it, and I hope you're able to find a solution. If you want to learn more, you might ask him about how he's hungry. Does it take the form of stomach cramps? Weakness / lethargy / low blood sugar? Does he feel physically okay but experience a nagging desire to eat something? If so, what? Does he also eat red meat for every other meal, or are there other things that he finds satisfying at those times? If there are other things, are they also satisfying at dinner?

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Don't think he's on the spectrum, just frustrated being hungry all the time.

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I can only speak for myself but I don't tend to find any particular type of fish more satiating than others. I eat a variety: salmon, mackerel, sardines, cod, herring, seabass, etc. I typically bake the fish in coconut oil, lemon and salt and eat them with salad/veggies. If I'm having white fish which is low in fat, I might mix in a can of sardines with my salad to compensate (you should have a fat source with veggies regardless to maximise nutrient absorption).

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:20 PM

Thank you for the response. Do you recommend any particular type of fish? I don't prepare it too often due to price but am willing to add it to the rotation if it helps DH. He does he canned sardines and salmon a few times a week for lunch.

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Getting upset over a slight deviation in what's served is a symptom of anxiety. Sometimes, people with autism or Asperger's will want to eat the same thing every day, but he could just get up and make himself something else. He doesn't have to burden you with his negative reactions.

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Don't think he's on the spectrum, just frustrated being hungry all the time.

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on May 21, 2013
at 01:53 PM

Probably the combination of protein and fat and also the fact that red meat is a richer source of nutrients/vitamins/minerals than white meat. If these are the criteria needed to satiate him, perhaps he should try fish and seafood. Extremely nutritionally dense, high in protein and depending on the fish also high in fat.

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on May 21, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I can only speak for myself but I don't tend to find any particular type of fish more satiating than others. I eat a variety: salmon, mackerel, sardines, cod, herring, seabass, etc. I typically bake the fish in coconut oil, lemon and salt and eat them with salad/veggies. If I'm having white fish which is low in fat, I might mix in a can of sardines with my salad to compensate (you should have a fat source with veggies regardless to maximise nutrient absorption).

595664fed314cfd5a8e34af0f026ca95

(75)

on May 21, 2013
at 02:20 PM

Thank you for the response. Do you recommend any particular type of fish? I don't prepare it too often due to price but am willing to add it to the rotation if it helps DH. He does he canned sardines and salmon a few times a week for lunch.

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