Hi. I've been reading about Paleo for some days now. I've read articles, Cordain's book, and right now I'm in the middle of the one Wolf wrote. It is my understanding that I should not feel hungry with Paleo. Thing is I kind of wanted to do a trial, so yesterday I kind of began with it. I'm eating a lot, much more than I did before, because I feel hungry all the time. Literally, all the time. Just half an hour after having a meal, even, I feel hungry again. I think it's because of the fruits, but I don't really know. All my life, whenever I didn't have a full stomach and ate some fruits I felt hungrier, with gases. I always assumed it is normal... but is it? I'm thinking I might have allergies?
This thing with fruits is really weird. I feel the kind of regurgitation in my stomach I feel when it's empty and I'm hungry, or at least, emptier than I would actually feel it otherwise. Fact is I've right now eaten almost 1300 calories just as a breakfast, I know my stomach is full of food, and feel it "expanded", but even now, I have this feeling (most likely gasses?). I don't know if it is circunstancial or not, but I'm starting to doubt it. Is there anything I can do to try and solve this issue?
I've uploaded my Cronometer values, so you can check and judge for yourself. Yesterday, when I did the print screen, I had gotten to 2435 calories and I had to have dinner yet. I finally got to more than 3300 cal.
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Thanks for your help!
I can't speak from the science of it, but from personal experience the reason I choose a lower carb paleo diet the majority of the time and only eat carbs when I need them in the specifics of post-workout, is that I find the higher my carbs the less sated I feel after meals. The higher the fat the more sated I feel. (I believe this is something to do with "leptin"?)
When I get home I normally snack on an avocado which does wonders until dinner a few hours later. If I was to grab a handful of blueberries or worse eat a slice of Panettone someone brought into the office, I would really get hungry.
Not sure how helpful this is, but the way I have come to understand my body over the last three months of paleo is that I perform better with lower sugar, and so limit my fruit intake to be part of a meal, not as a snack on its own. I actually eat steak with a side of broccoli, avocado and blueberries on the same plate. I prefer it then eating blueberries for dessert on their own.
From what I understand Paleo certainly does not mean low-carb, but some of us seem to work much better with reduced sugars overall and use them specifically when needed.
It is quite normal to be very hungry during your transition (or "detox") period. When I started I was hungry all the time. You are going through Carb withdrawal. I say that it is okay to snack more during your first few days... up to two weeks... Go ahead and snack on nuts. Make some tasty bacon in the morning that you can keep relying on throughout the day. Try eating less fruit, or if you're having fruit, have fruit that isn't super acidic... Go with bananas instead of oranges.
I wouldn't have gotten through my first few days without salami. High Protein. High Fat. All Delicious.
You may want to try a lower carb paleo approach initially so that you can get your hunger under control. People can argue about the mechanisms (glucose regulation/insulin response/leptin sensitivity or whatever is the mechanism du jour) but for most people who have the problem with hunger, low carb works like a charm to combat hunger.
For starting out on Paleo I think you will do better dropping the fruit and concentrating on protein type foods- keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for a 'go to' snack, or leftover meat from dinner, or even a chunk of cheese. The protein fills you up better than anything else.
A good lunch is Mark Sisson's Big Ass Salad with tons of greens and some protein.
Coconut oil is a good addition to coffee if you like the taste and it fills you up too. Use butter or bacon fat to cook eggs in the morning
Good luck- you will feel better soon.
Two things: if you've been reading all about Paleo then you know it takes time to adjust, so don't worry about it after a day. Give it a week or two.
Second, if you think it's the fruit that make you hungry (and it probably is), cut them out and see how you react.
Paleo is almost "magic" but it's not instant.
Just to be different, I'll say a piece (1/2 cup) of fruit per day is fine but you don't want to eat much more than that. If you do eat any, make it part of a meal and not a stand-alone food. As miked said, if you think fruit isn't working for you right now stop eating it until you get hungry for it again and then just eat a little with a meal.
During the transition to burning different fuel, most of which will occur in the first week or two with your body getting better and better at it for about a month, your best friend is to eat some fatty meat in the morning.
I chose bacon and chuck steak, but trentasaurus's salami will work fine. You want to give your body signals that it should burn the fat you're eating now and forget about the grains and other high-carb foods you were eating before. You see, even if you eat vegetables and fruits with every meal you'll be eating many less carbs than you did when bread, pasta and other grain-laden foods were in your menus. Your body's basically saying "What are you doing?"
You need fat. Seems like your still on SAD minus the refined carbohydrates. If I ate what you ate I would pass out and I am a sixteen year old girl 5'2. Today I ata fried eggs cooked in bacon, chicken stirfry Lunch- a huge pork chop with extra fat, stir-fried veggies (Coconut oil or cooking in wild boar lard) Dinner-3 hamburgers (beef) and butternut squash soup. If I'm hungry I'll also have coconut butter. If you are trying to lose weight you can cut the carbs, especially fruit. Still with non-starchy vegetables. Remember the body will take a while to learn to run on fat, instead of poorly running on refined carbohydrates. Humans were meant to be fativores.
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