Ok. Let me start by saying that I'm a bit of a worry-pot and hypochondriac, and a lot of people will probably think this rather silly, especially as its not something that's causing me any particular discomfort. I'll probably also piss some people off who will wonder why on earth I am complaining of satiety when so many are constantly seeking ways to be 'fuller longer'.
It's been a year since I started primal/paleo, I'm very happy on it, etc, etc. But my appetite seems to be steadily decreasing! I usually get hungry in the morning, have breakfast (that's around 10 am most days). Then I'm not hungry until about 8-9 pm in the evening when I have dinner! I used to get hungry for lunch, especially after training, but now I don't even get hungry after working out! My mum particularly was rather horrified to see me go from 10 am to 9 pm without anything but water running up and down exploring town & shopping non-stop when on holiday this Christmas.
Is this normal? Has paleo simply made me very attuned to hunger signals? I know frequent meals are overhyped, I'm into fasting occasionally (though I don't bother with planned fasts much any more since I go for extended periods w/o food anyhow)...I know the fact that I only eat whole foods naturally regulates eating patterns...but even on paleo/primal blogs, I constantly see people saying 'eat this to get this nutrient'/'5 servings of vegetables/fruit'/'make sure you get enough zinc/whatever vitamin/mineral' - there's a message to get enough nutrition - but when? I try to get a serving of fruit/veg at each of my two meals, have wild fish in the morning for O3, drink bone broth with my dinner, eat fermented, raw dairy & sauerkraut. I love & eat organ meats. All organic & grassfed...I take a multivitamin and some other supplements like fermented Cod liver oil, selenium, etc.
The thing is, that I'm 20, very active (workout every day + walk everywhere) and I'm worried that I'm not getting enough nutrition though I do try to cram as much as possible into each meal. I'm also wondering why my appetite is so strange! It's kind of annoying sometimes, because I'm quite a food lover! I've even been known to do a couple of planks in the morning to 'make' myself hungry because, well, I like breakfast! Morning just doesn't feel the same without my scramble & salmon, and I've got to get my nutrition.
What triggered me to actually ask this question was waking up this morning with a sore-ish throat. It's not anything severe and I'll probably get rid of it with my arsenal of natural remedies and sleep, but this is so strange. I literally sat there in bed not believing it, then even went to check if I had something lodged or stuck there, pointing my tongue this way and that in the mirror :-p. ("hm, maybe I overdid the curry spice last night? Maybe all the chili stripped the mucus membrane off?') This wouldn't seem so outlandishly unusual to most people since I'm a student who spends a lot of time in the library, which is a literal incubator of germs of all kinds and full of people who don't even bother to cover their mouths when they sneeze. But I haven't had a single sniffle since I've eliminated grains, processed food and sugar. Not even when I've been in highly contagious company in very claustrophobic situations. So I have a nagging feeling that all this fasting has impacted my immune system, along with the rotten English weather which means I haven't had a proper, natural vitamin D fix in a week.
Holy grassfed cow, this question is looong. I hope I haven't bored the pants off you!