Question for my dietitian: How did I get away with eating pretzels, sausage and beer?

A beer, a large pretzel, two white sausages, and sweet mustard on a picnic table
“Weisswurst lunch at Viktualienmarkt” by Thomas Kriese, via Flickr Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Last year, my now-fiance and I took a vacation touring various parts of Germany.  The entire trip, I showed little restraint on food, as I absolutely LOVE German food. So, I happily ate sausages, pretzels and beer.

And to my shock, I not only didn’t have any issues with my blood sugar and hypoglycemia, but I also lost weight!

Ever since then, I’ve been curious as to why that is, and during a recent call with my dietitian, I asked. Here was the highlights of her response:

  • While I wasn’t working out like I usually do, and the walking all day probably didn’t burn extra calories, walking all day is a slow carb burn vs. a big, fast carb burn with an intense workout. She advises her clients, if they do gorge on carbohydrates, to go for a 10-15 minute walk after to start the burn process. So, while I was walking, I was slowly burning the carbs off vs. the high/low calorie/carb burn of my usual day.
  • The fat and protein in the sausages probably kept me full, allowing me to eat less often and eat less calories.
  • There’s a difference between American and European wheat, which could impact how it impacts my hypoglycemia. I’ve actually noticed this myself, when I drink American beer, I end up feeling ridiculously hungry and not well. If I drink German beer, however, I don’t feel this way. I think it has a lot to do with the additives and such we put in our beer.
  • Portion sizes are smaller over there.  Maybe so, maybe not, I’ve eaten some pretty giant pretzels and drank some giant beers, but overall, probably so.
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    All the walking is why I pay less attention to what I eat while I’m on vacation and try to enjoy the meals (often fresh food on top of it). Plus I seem to snack less when traveling. I think I eat more filling meals overall.

    I thought of you this morning when I opened up my ‘brogurt’ – Oikos Triple Zero yogurt in the black container (the official yogurt of the NFL, no less!) 😀

    1. hyporesource says:

      Ha ha! It looks like they might have stopped making the Kind Bro bars, aka STRONG & Kind bars. So I’ve switched to the low sugar ones!

      How’s the yogurt taste?

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