I've been Paleo going on 2 years. Very happy with it. However, I have noticed a predicament that I am having trouble dealing with. After going through the Leptin reset and reading a lot of Paleo blogs, I've become kinda dogmatic about not snacking. I try to eat three meals a day or less if I fast for one or two. However, there are times when for some reason or another, even after I eat a normal meal, I get ravishingly hungry. Now, I can sometimes go for a 36 hour fast and be fine, but for some reason, even a couple hours after a meal, there will be times that I will just be starving and I can't figure out why. Usually, it's because I haven't eaten as many calories or fat that meal, but I try to add variety to my life and not eat the same things all the time. For example, I don't get hungry after steak and eggs, but when I eat coconut curry chicken, I might have this issue.
I usually just wait and deal with it, but I have noticed that I can become really crabby if I am hungry and not eating. It happens on vacation too when I have to choose not to eat because of the food that I have to choose from and I'll end up fasting two meals when I really didn't want to. I just become super crabby and I just can't seem to help it. I make it miserable for everyone. Food becomes all I can think of and I just won't snack for fear of hurting myself. I want to snack, but I am worried that it will screw up my system.
So, I guess that's my question. Does the occasional snack really mess up your biological feeding clock or can it happen every once in a while? Is it like cheating on sugar (with a big insulin spike) or cheating on gluten (which stays in the system for weeks after? I figure that hunter gatherers would have snacked sometimes, but from what I read, it's really not a great idea and is tough on our bodies.
Thanks for your help!