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Does anyone here have problems getting enough calories?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I love the paleo diet. It has helped me so much in so many ways. But sometimes I find it hard to eat enough I think. There is only so much meat, fish or greens I can physically chomp my way through, and now that I've lost that little bit of 'middle-area' weight from hips and tum, I don't really have much to spare if you know what I mean? And I'm starting to get hungry again..not crazy craving shaky hungry, but genuine hunger (I think). Feeling progressively weaker, then better when I eat.

So does anyone have any ideas for high cal high-fat snacks that maybe I could have inbetween meals? pref dairy free, as I am too reliant on them at the moment and think I may need to lose em. I can't imagine going back to eating the old way, and want to avoid being tempted!

Thank you paleo people! :D

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on September 09, 2013
at 05:37 AM

Thank you for this reminder of our shared humanity, dzone.

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on September 08, 2013
at 08:44 AM

5'9" 111lb male here, up from 103 2.5 months ago, after going paleo. I easily surpass 2,500 kcal daily. Without even thinking about it. It's definitely possible

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on May 17, 2012
at 10:36 AM

I'm having the same issue. I eat 3 meals a day and I'm struggling to reach 1000 calories. I'm eating chicken nearly every day and at least one avocado and I still can't get to 1200 which is my aim

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:34 PM

I confess, I often just eat nut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon. I'm also down with white rice, so I spread it on rice crackers from time to time.

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Thank you! Can't wait to try this. You guys have all been so very helpful! :D

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Well, yeah..but I wouldn't be asking this question if I wasn't having trouble doing just that. I get full very easily, so I need high calorie stuff, which some people have made some great suggestions for!

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I watched this video first, to see how it's done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nntl_m66ieg And then you can make your own variations. I like this one, because of the rosemary ;) : http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/08/04/everyday-paleo-pizza/ But I make my own toppings, just top it with what you like or what you have in your fridge ;)

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on March 23, 2012
at 03:27 PM

LikesLardinMayo - I agree, we all have similar problems whether we are overweight or not. I used to eat ALL the time, and people would be jealous because I did not get fat, but in reality I was tormented by hunger and had terrible digestion! Other people, my mum for instance, can eat very little on the SAD diet but still keep carrying extra weight - she eats like 1000 calories a day! I wish I could get her to try paleo. Hopefully, over time, our bodies will become fully nourished, and so the need to eat all the time will subside. Good luck on your journey to good health! :)

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on March 23, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Cool, I found Bob's red mill on Amazon. They have nearly everything! :)

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I buy the golden flax seed meal from bob's red mill actually...It's lighter in color, so it has the same finished look as whole wheat bread. I suppose I could make it in the food processor, maybe I will have to try that next!

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on March 23, 2012
at 09:08 AM

Thanks so much for the recipes..gonna get baking this weekend! I realised that part of my problem (though not all) is that the school I work in has a nut-free policy and v limited kitchen area..when I am at home I have the option of making something cooked or eating a handful of nuts when hungry. The flax bread looks ideal for bulking out my fish salads! Do you make your own flax meal in the food processor? Thanks again, Helz

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on March 23, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Try to be a little less judgmental. Fat people like me eat for the same reason you do. We are hungry....we eat. The difference is something in us gets broken by SAD and we get and stay hungry. It's so much better on Paleo and gets better each month but RE: SAD foods I could still eat 2 Large Pizzas without trying...

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Hi, do you have a recipe for almond pizza base that works for you, or maybe a link to one? Sorry for all the questions folks but I need all the info I can get right now! :)

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Ooh, can I have the recipe for your nut n seed bars..and how do you make flax seed bread? :O Have not tried coconut cream with berries, could be a useful substitute for my usual greek yoghurt, is it quite strong tasting on its own though? Do you mean the uht stuff that comes in a tetrapack or something different? Have not been adding butter to greens either..sounds like they would be more tasty too! :D

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Have not tried macadamia nuts yet, quite expensive here (in the UK), but have almond / mixed nut butters in my food store. Part of my problem is what to put them on, besides say celery? Saw a recipe for seed crackers so might try them. What do you eat your nut butters with? Coconut products, yes I love 'em, plus homemade almond banana bread (no sugar), chestnut pancakes and sweet potato chips ( no potatoes as they seem to wreck my blood sugar). Dark choc in sml quantities, as keeps me awake(sigh..I love the stuff), loads of eggs! All good suggestions, definitely - maybe just more of! :D

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Thanks! I do eat a fair amount of olive oil, butter, ghee and coconut oil, but maybe I need more! :) Part of it is trying to re-educate myself about fat I think. Psychologically I still find lard difficult to approach, and shudder when I see what comes off the bacon, even though I love the stuff. Its a lifetime of antifat messages! :)

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I have some rye bread in the freezer, and when I get hungry I am so tempted to defrost some and eat it. But I'd like to give this at least 6 months to really give it a chance and see if my body adapts..in almost every other respect I am feeling great! BTW I did have a small bag of crisps the other day (first and only fall off the wagon so far, I blame hormones!) but the actual thought of eating white bread, for instance makes me feel sick! Which is weird seeing as I used to love the stuff!

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Amen brother. It is very difficult to get a bunch of calories on a whole foods diet, unless you are drowning everything in fat.

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:19 AM

  • make things in coconut cream based sauces...become a high fat curry master, with the rich thick sauces you won't miss rice or naan one bit.

-you can add unsweetened coconut meat and cream or coconut cream to a bowl of berries to up the caloric ante.

-eat your greens with plenty of melted butter if you aren't already.

-add a handful of chopped nuts to steamed veggies and salads.

-dried fruit can pack in a truly stunning calorie count as well.

-try making your own nut and seed bars. I make sweet and salty pumpkin seed bites with a little honeycomb and seaweed, a handful will set me back 250-300 calories.

I made flax meal 'bread' today and managed to pack in over 800 calories in eating a few slices with my chicken stew without even blinking. Soooo good.

Here you are Helz: I use this recipe for flax seed bread: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm and add my own herbs and spices, it's amazingly good! Everything I ever missed about bread and more.

I don't find the coconut cream has all that strong a flavor, but then again I really love coconut. I get it in a little can, it's coconut 'cream' not coconut milk, although I think adding coconut oil to coconut milk would have the same effect.

Butter is key for eating sauteed veggies. If you aren't buying pastured butter already see if you can manage it because it tastes totally different than regular butter, you will want to drink it.

This is my recipe for "Ursula Bars" (remember the sea witch from the little mermaid?) 3 tbsp butter or coconut oil 1/2 cup pulverized pumpkin seeds or seed butter 1/2 cup pulverized macadamia nuts or butter 4 oz of raw honeycomb (I like the wax but you can remove it) 4 sheets of toasted nori, shredded 4 eggs 2 scoops of unflavored protein powder (optional, ups the protein stats and makes them hold together a little better) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Mix everything together but add the protein powder last or it will become too gluey to mix. Spread about 1 inch thick on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 min on 350, or until the tops brown and feel springy to the touch. Sometimes I add things like vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, lime juice or orange peel syrup for variety but they taste good just like this.

Happy munching!

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I buy the golden flax seed meal from bob's red mill actually...It's lighter in color, so it has the same finished look as whole wheat bread. I suppose I could make it in the food processor, maybe I will have to try that next!

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

(150)

on March 22, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Ooh, can I have the recipe for your nut n seed bars..and how do you make flax seed bread? :O Have not tried coconut cream with berries, could be a useful substitute for my usual greek yoghurt, is it quite strong tasting on its own though? Do you mean the uht stuff that comes in a tetrapack or something different? Have not been adding butter to greens either..sounds like they would be more tasty too! :D

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

(150)

on March 23, 2012
at 09:08 AM

Thanks so much for the recipes..gonna get baking this weekend! I realised that part of my problem (though not all) is that the school I work in has a nut-free policy and v limited kitchen area..when I am at home I have the option of making something cooked or eating a handful of nuts when hungry. The flax bread looks ideal for bulking out my fish salads! Do you make your own flax meal in the food processor? Thanks again, Helz

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

(150)

on March 23, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Cool, I found Bob's red mill on Amazon. They have nearly everything! :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 11:17 PM

I've the same problem! I try to keep nuts out and pufas low in addition to no grains and legumes. I don't restrict starches and fruits nowadays. Even on high fat paleo I was eating a lower cal diet and couldn't force myself to eat more meat and butter.

I don't understand overweight people who even gain pounds on a whole foods diet. Do they force feed themselves over vomit inducing satiety? I'd love to spend a day with these kind of people to learn all their tricks.

At some point I'll probably need to go back to fast food, grains and pizza but those foods are evil, right?

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:03 AM

Amen brother. It is very difficult to get a bunch of calories on a whole foods diet, unless you are drowning everything in fat.

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on March 23, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Try to be a little less judgmental. Fat people like me eat for the same reason you do. We are hungry....we eat. The difference is something in us gets broken by SAD and we get and stay hungry. It's so much better on Paleo and gets better each month but RE: SAD foods I could still eat 2 Large Pizzas without trying...

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

(150)

on March 23, 2012
at 03:27 PM

LikesLardinMayo - I agree, we all have similar problems whether we are overweight or not. I used to eat ALL the time, and people would be jealous because I did not get fat, but in reality I was tormented by hunger and had terrible digestion! Other people, my mum for instance, can eat very little on the SAD diet but still keep carrying extra weight - she eats like 1000 calories a day! I wish I could get her to try paleo. Hopefully, over time, our bodies will become fully nourished, and so the need to eat all the time will subside. Good luck on your journey to good health! :)

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I have some rye bread in the freezer, and when I get hungry I am so tempted to defrost some and eat it. But I'd like to give this at least 6 months to really give it a chance and see if my body adapts..in almost every other respect I am feeling great! BTW I did have a small bag of crisps the other day (first and only fall off the wagon so far, I blame hormones!) but the actual thought of eating white bread, for instance makes me feel sick! Which is weird seeing as I used to love the stuff!

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:51 PM

I have this problem sometimes too. I actually need to count my calories to make sure I'm getting enough. Things that are awesome:

  • Macadamia nut butter. The kind I buy is actually cheaper than buying macadamia nuts. Super calorie bomb! Any nut butter is a calorie bomb really, but macadamia has the benefit of being low in polyunsaturated fats.
  • Any sort of coconut product: coconut oil, coconut milk, creamed coconut, shredded coconut.
  • Do you eat carbs? Bananas are a super convenient calorie source. You can make tons of butter/coconut oil disappear into a pile of mashed potatoes.
  • Other things: dark chocolate, hard-boiled egg yolks, avocados

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Have not tried macadamia nuts yet, quite expensive here (in the UK), but have almond / mixed nut butters in my food store. Part of my problem is what to put them on, besides say celery? Saw a recipe for seed crackers so might try them. What do you eat your nut butters with? Coconut products, yes I love 'em, plus homemade almond banana bread (no sugar), chestnut pancakes and sweet potato chips ( no potatoes as they seem to wreck my blood sugar). Dark choc in sml quantities, as keeps me awake(sigh..I love the stuff), loads of eggs! All good suggestions, definitely - maybe just more of! :D

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:34 PM

I confess, I often just eat nut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon. I'm also down with white rice, so I spread it on rice crackers from time to time.

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Glug olive oil onto things. Adds an amazing amount of calories without even noticing (my boyfriend uses this trick all the time, just puts it on everything). This way it doesn't feel like you are "choking down" anything simply because you are not hungry, just allows the food you're already eating to pack an extra punch.

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Thanks! I do eat a fair amount of olive oil, butter, ghee and coconut oil, but maybe I need more! :) Part of it is trying to re-educate myself about fat I think. Psychologically I still find lard difficult to approach, and shudder when I see what comes off the bacon, even though I love the stuff. Its a lifetime of antifat messages! :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Nuts are quite calorie-heavy. I ate almond pizza's a few weeks ago. Those were 2500calories!

I do a lot of sports and didn't have to lose any weight, but still lost 10 pounds.. I got a few back on by eating really really really much, but now I miss the times I don't have a full belly all day long..

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I watched this video first, to see how it's done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nntl_m66ieg And then you can make your own variations. I like this one, because of the rosemary ;) : http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/08/04/everyday-paleo-pizza/ But I make my own toppings, just top it with what you like or what you have in your fridge ;)

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Hi, do you have a recipe for almond pizza base that works for you, or maybe a link to one? Sorry for all the questions folks but I need all the info I can get right now! :)

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Thank you! Can't wait to try this. You guys have all been so very helpful! :D

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on September 08, 2013
at 04:54 AM

You shouldn't be feeling hungry on a true hardcore paleo diet. If you are, how paleo are you eating, really? Legumes, nightshades, any oats/flour/grains, dairy? Throw a bit of HEALTHY fats, high in bio-available omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6's... the whole point of paleo is longevity due to evolution, body comp is an added mix but what we EVOLVED to eat doesn't mean it's what will cause us to perform the best or beautiful exactly how we want to be. That's where the smart, educated person comes in (you). Eat tubers that are higher in carbs directly after workouts to stave off the high insulin response depositing all the food into body fat and decreasing the insulin receptor count on your cell walls. That in conjunction with high omega 3/omega 6 ratio non processed medium-chain fatty acid sources should do you right... why do you want to eat more calories, anyways? Don't believe the treadmill, it doesn't know how efficient your biochemical processes are!

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on February 11, 2013
at 07:42 PM

This is my plan. When I've lost enough weight to get back into the light weight rowing category. I will re introduce carbs at breakfast and lunch. Just a few, i.e. porridge at breakfast and a seeded pitta bread at lunch.

Added bonus of oats and pitta being cheaper than buying 10 million bananas and eggs and bacon (current breakfast) and 346719807 salad ingredients and chicken (current lunch).

I think the principles of the diet are the things we need to follow, expecially if you're an athlete.

Perhaps start carb cycling, so be completely paleo one day, low carbs the next, medium, high, then another paleo day before starting the cycle again. That should allow you to gain weight, but never too much weight :D

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on September 18, 2012
at 04:59 AM

There is just no way to get enough calories on this diet. I can not ever get to 2,000-2,500 I need, no matter how many avocadoes, olive oil, nuts I add. And there is only so much meat/fish/fowl and vegetables, even starchy vegetables, one can eat. I am a female, 5 ft 7, 105 lbs BEFORE PALEO. I did NOT need to lose weight, yet I did, down to 100, emaciated. Had to stop. Ectomorph

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on September 08, 2013
at 08:44 AM

5'9" 111lb male here, up from 103 2.5 months ago, after going paleo. I easily surpass 2,500 kcal daily. Without even thinking about it. It's definitely possible

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on March 23, 2012
at 04:40 PM

"Feeling progressively weaker, then better when I eat."

If this were my report, I would ... eat ... more. Especially if I felt I had lost the weight I wanted to lose.

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on March 25, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Well, yeah..but I wouldn't be asking this question if I wasn't having trouble doing just that. I get full very easily, so I need high calorie stuff, which some people have made some great suggestions for!

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