I need some help. Between dinner and sleep, I get hungry. Sometimes very hungry. If I don’t eat foods with high satiety then I’ll either have trouble falling asleep or I’ll wake up hungry. My go-to foods that I use to get to sleep are:
- Almond butter
- Yogurt (Greek works best)
- Nuts and seeds
These foods fall into a grey area in Paleo.
Nuts, Nut Butter and Seeds
Several Paleo sites warn about the high levels of phytic acid in nuts. Robb Wolf often talks about easy it is to overdo the nuts on his podcast. And then there is the issue of Omega-6s in nuts.
Soaking and roasting can break down some of the phytate, but doesn’t address the calories or Omega-6s.
Dairy is considered Primal not Paleo. I recently completed a 30 Day test to confirm that I don’t have any issues with dairy. However, it may not be the best food option to be loading up on before bed. Some people I deeply respect believe dairy should be minimized or eliminated. I recall hearing Paul Chek discuss on a Wellness Underground podcast how with his clients he advises eliminating dairy as the best way to target stubborn body fat. Now I didn’t lose any fat during my month away from dairy, but I was also doubling up on almond butter! 🙂
An Ideal Food?
An ideal food would be quick to prepare and not too expensive. That rules out bacon. Hard-boiled eggs are OK. Coconut milk and cream are calorie dense, but in my experience do not provide the satiety of dairy. I suppose I could make a tray of meatballs, but I already eat a fair amount of beef and lamb.
UPDATE: Ideas have been moved to a spreadsheet for testing. http://tinyurl.com/paleo-satiety