|I googled "lots of food" and found this gem of an illustration.|
For me that didn't seem like a big deal. I eat protein and fat in quantities that are supposed to guarantee satiety. But did it work for me? For the past several years I thought it worked... but, looking back, I rarely felt totally satisfied after eating. Even after feeling full I'd snack at the table, finish things off my kids plates, and sometimes eat more as I cleared the table and packaged up the leftovers. I thought the feeling of being painfully full was "satiety" and also somewhat normal.
Now that I'm taking Symilin I'm feeling a new sensation at meal times that is totally new to me. It's not pain, or nausea. It's just feeling like I don't need or want to eat another thing. My stomach may not be bulging with discomfort, I just don't want to eat more. I'm gaining a new understanding of what satiety might feel like and it's pretty interesting. Amylin is the hormone that sends satiety signals to your brain, and I think I've been missing them for a long time.
As I thought back through on my personal history, I remember being the wirey diabetic teenager that could put away an immense amount of food. My friends used to comment on how surprising my food intake could be for a 140 lb. skateboarder. I think I had a hard time feeling satisfied, and could always eat more. One time I told my own kids that if they ever caught me with leftover food on my plate at the end of a meal, I'd give them $5. I thought I was such a model citizen. Well, the only reason I could give that guarantee was because I was always hungry for everything, and more. These days I could not make that deal*. It's strange... but, I'm getting used to it.
*our daughter Ellie has learned the effects of Symilin, and now every time I announce that I can't eat another thing, she sings the "Sy-mi-lin!" jingle she created for those moments. It's become our dinnertime joke.