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Answered on September 04, 2013
Created August 06, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I have been paleo for about 6 months. I am a 5"7 125lb female. I am a dancer and train 3 times a week, I also crossfit 5 times a well and do bikram 4 times a week. Before paleo I would say I had a pretty normal appetite, but ever since starting paleo, I can't seem to get full! Is this normal? Any food suggestions to keep me full?

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on August 07, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for your advice! Still figuring out how to stay paleo with such an active lifestyle, but not eat so much that I might eventually start gaining weight. I will definitely try your tips!

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on August 07, 2013
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Well I used to run marathons and actually tend to weigh more while training because my appetite gets way out of control. Now I workout every weekday and sometimes Saturdays. I either do a 3-5 mile run or yoga, depending on my mood and the class schedule. I love bikram yoga too so I understand! I had to play around with my workout schedule and I have found that my current schedule seems to be my sweet spot where I am active and toned but not always starving. If you aren't eating many carbs currently though, you can play around with that too. I tend to eat 100-150g/day.

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on August 07, 2013
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I have to agree with Britt... that's a pretty full workout schedule but your dance team commitment explains it. I'm not a huge fan of crossfit, too easy to overdo and / or get hurt. Nuts will definitely improve satiety, lots of fat & ~3x the calories per cup than grains... not that you need to count calories. Sweet potatoes (or turnips) will give you more carbs that you're definitely earning. Just try eating more of what you;re eating.

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on August 06, 2013
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I am on a professional college dance team, and that tends to keep me pretty busy, activity wise. But only a year ago I had the worst diet imaginable and had no muscle! I was never fat, but I was like the skinny fat. So after I found bikram and crossfit I fell in love with working out and clean eating! Still have my cheats sometimes:) I usually have like 2-3 coffee's a day. Should I include more rest days? Or just eat more carb veggies?

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More along the lines of satiated. I eat a large meal, but always feel like I could eat more. My breakfast usually is something like 3 poached eggs with avocado and tomatoes. And usually a banana and almond butter before crossfit. My lunch is usually a large salad with veggies and chicken. I usually have dance until late, so my dinners aren't as large as they could be, but I at least try and have either some left over chicken and fish and veggies. I would say that my weight is pretty stable and since I do workout, I would say my body fat is a bit lower. Maybe add in more nuts or sweet potatoes?

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on September 04, 2013
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I'll throw an idea out there: get a spice mix with MSG (monosodium glutamate), if you don't react negatively to it try spicing some of your meals with it. MSG increases appetite like nothing else and its fairly safe if you're not sensitive (e.g. headaches). The claim that it's an excitotoxin is based on junk science.

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on August 06, 2013
at 10:21 PM

If I worked out that much then I would never feel full either! I am about your size, 5'8 127 lbs and I do bikram yoga 3 times/week and run 2-3 days/week. Any reason for the crazy workout schedule? I am very toned and slender with my current schedule and think that working out 2-3 hours a day would be overkill!

Other than mentioning that though, I notice that the 2 foods that seem to fill me up most are sweet potatoes and trail mix. It only takes a small amount of either to make me feel stuffed. When I want to suppress my appetite without eating then I find that drinking coffee or green tea helps a lot.

B2280b1b31e3abdaaeb0f86e91d6beda

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on August 07, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for your advice! Still figuring out how to stay paleo with such an active lifestyle, but not eat so much that I might eventually start gaining weight. I will definitely try your tips!

B2280b1b31e3abdaaeb0f86e91d6beda

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on August 06, 2013
at 10:53 PM

I am on a professional college dance team, and that tends to keep me pretty busy, activity wise. But only a year ago I had the worst diet imaginable and had no muscle! I was never fat, but I was like the skinny fat. So after I found bikram and crossfit I fell in love with working out and clean eating! Still have my cheats sometimes:) I usually have like 2-3 coffee's a day. Should I include more rest days? Or just eat more carb veggies?

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on August 07, 2013
at 12:11 PM

Well I used to run marathons and actually tend to weigh more while training because my appetite gets way out of control. Now I workout every weekday and sometimes Saturdays. I either do a 3-5 mile run or yoga, depending on my mood and the class schedule. I love bikram yoga too so I understand! I had to play around with my workout schedule and I have found that my current schedule seems to be my sweet spot where I am active and toned but not always starving. If you aren't eating many carbs currently though, you can play around with that too. I tend to eat 100-150g/day.

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on August 06, 2013
at 10:18 PM

Do you mean 'full'...like tummy full or full like satiated / satisfied / no longer hungry?

Give us an idea of your typical daily food intake. Does your weight / BF % appear stable?

Just a wild guess....the fact that you're "never full" means you're hungry from your activity. More fat will improve your feeling of satiety. More low caloric density foods will increase your feeling "volume" fullness.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on August 07, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I have to agree with Britt... that's a pretty full workout schedule but your dance team commitment explains it. I'm not a huge fan of crossfit, too easy to overdo and / or get hurt. Nuts will definitely improve satiety, lots of fat & ~3x the calories per cup than grains... not that you need to count calories. Sweet potatoes (or turnips) will give you more carbs that you're definitely earning. Just try eating more of what you;re eating.

B2280b1b31e3abdaaeb0f86e91d6beda

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on August 06, 2013
at 10:46 PM

More along the lines of satiated. I eat a large meal, but always feel like I could eat more. My breakfast usually is something like 3 poached eggs with avocado and tomatoes. And usually a banana and almond butter before crossfit. My lunch is usually a large salad with veggies and chicken. I usually have dance until late, so my dinners aren't as large as they could be, but I at least try and have either some left over chicken and fish and veggies. I would say that my weight is pretty stable and since I do workout, I would say my body fat is a bit lower. Maybe add in more nuts or sweet potatoes?

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