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Created May 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I tried to go paleo at the weekend, and I went from eating junk food like chocolate and cookies to eating mainly protein and fat... I felt hungry immediately after eating, almost hungrier than If I'd not eaten at all, and I felt groggy, drowsy, depressed and generally low....I had noticed an improvement in my skin in just the 2 days, (I don't suffer from acne, just appears dull with bad diet) but I found it too difficult to stay vlc and ended up eating tonnes of sugar to lift my mood...I instantly felt much more jolly, but I know this is bad for my health and I'm wondering should I just limit junk food first? Then worry about fruit and other natural carbs? I'm about 30lbs overweight, and have quite a lean physique anyway, so that'll tell you the extent of my sugar addiction... would fasting be helpful? Any tips would be much appreciated :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 15, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Paleo lasagna is also good - http://www.health-bent.com/beef/paleo-butternut-squash-lasagna This stuff is so yummy it makes me go carb crazy and eat the whole pan!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 15, 2013
at 12:49 PM

I second the Perfect Health Diet. I love it so much I somehow own both versions ... on my kindle. :)

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on May 15, 2013
at 01:55 AM

erin, yeah, grass fed/wild meat is a lot. i just keep telling myself that it is good for my body. roth, i don't eat junk food so no worries.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 15, 2013
at 12:09 AM

yeah maybe. i haven't read anything that convinces me that leptin control is THE thing. maybe if the insatiable hunger persists when everything else has been considered, that would be a good rabbit trail. but I think most people can find their trigger nutrients. magnesium plays a huge part for me. as does kale (with all its nutrients). if I eat kale for breakfast, I will consume (and be sated) on 1200 ish calories. If I don't eat it, I will eat upwards of 2000.

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:34 PM

I thought insatiable hunger was a sign of faulty Leptin control? :P

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Don't purchase junk food like cookies and you'll have enough money for more meat.

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:07 PM

don't regulate anything else you eat the first week. just eat as much real food as you want!

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

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on May 14, 2013
at 11:05 PM

I LOVE blueberries :P They're also my favourite! :) I love oranges and green apples also :) Hey, even if you didn't cutback, It's still healthier than all the wheat and processed crap most eat!

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on May 14, 2013
at 10:38 PM

ok, I'll give it another shot :P I'd say its just the transition thats making me hungry then :P

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:49 PM

Fruit is awesome. Pre-paleo, I never ate blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. I've found that organic blueberries might be one of my favorite fruits. Still looking out for some good dragon fruit. I've got a baggie of pomegranate seeds in the fridge.. ziplocks of sliced mini watermelon / fresh pineapple. I probably overdo it with the fruit.. maybe I'll back off in the winter. I was cutting open coconuts the other day, pissing off the upstairs neighbors.

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:32 PM

yeah I'm having difficulty with eating so much meat, I like fish and chicken, but after that I find it difficult to find any I enjoy :/ It can be more expensive, but I'm hoping it'll be worth it :)

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I'll try the fruit for sure :) Luckily I don't like sweet drinks at all :P Thnk you :)

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Insatiable hunger is a RED FLAG that you are missing nutrients. Your body is telling you to keep eating because it is wanting something you are not getting.

Try using a website like Cronometer to track your food for a week and see what your vitamin and mineral status is.

If you realize you are low on something and cannot figure out a way to get it through diet, check out the supplement recs on Perfect Health Diet: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/

THAT ALL BEING SAID, I think it is normal to have crazy hunger when you first start paleo. It's like your body is saying, YES! this is what I was trying to TELL YOU! FEED ME! It does settle down after a while - maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. The quicker you build up your nutrient base, the better.

As for the sugar withdrawal ... sorry, you just have to suffer through it! DON'T EAT SUGAR! It starts the nasty process all over again. Just tell yourself that you don't to waste the time you've already suffered, lol. That part will get better very quickly, around Day 4/5. Huge improvement by end of first week.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 14, 2013
at 11:07 PM

don't regulate anything else you eat the first week. just eat as much real food as you want!

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 14, 2013
at 11:34 PM

I thought insatiable hunger was a sign of faulty Leptin control? :P

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 15, 2013
at 12:09 AM

yeah maybe. i haven't read anything that convinces me that leptin control is THE thing. maybe if the insatiable hunger persists when everything else has been considered, that would be a good rabbit trail. but I think most people can find their trigger nutrients. magnesium plays a huge part for me. as does kale (with all its nutrients). if I eat kale for breakfast, I will consume (and be sated) on 1200 ish calories. If I don't eat it, I will eat upwards of 2000.

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

(287)

on May 14, 2013
at 10:38 PM

ok, I'll give it another shot :P I'd say its just the transition thats making me hungry then :P

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on May 15, 2013
at 04:35 AM

The first month or so that I went Paleo, I think I also had a huge appetite but it tapered down after that. However, I had intense cravings for sugar/ carbs/ junk food so I ate chips and cookies every afternoon. Then I read that eating a little bit of starch such as white rice or potatoes would curb my cravings. I was skeptical but gave it a try and it worked. So now I eat about 1/2 cup of rice every day with lunch and I rarely ever crave chips and cookies. Hope that helps.

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Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:13 PM

Same thing happened to me. Try adding up the calories and making sure you're hitting where you want to be. The first week or so, I thought I was doing ok, but it only came out to like 1300 / day.

From switching from high calorie delicious fast food to all this fibery vegetable stuff, I found that I would burn out on certain flavors a bit early (at like 1/2 serving marks.)

Easiest way for me to keep everything working was to add white rice / white potato and eat a bit past my full-feeling (often a second plate.) Even then, hard to get up over 2,000 calories for me. After a couple months of this, your tastes change enough to be able to eat more sweet potatoes and richer foods.

Ideally, you want ZERO sugar. Some fruit, sure, but don't go drinking juices and smoothies to get your sugar fix. One teaspoon of refined sugar suppresses white blood cells for up to six hours.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on May 14, 2013
at 09:49 PM

Fruit is awesome. Pre-paleo, I never ate blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. I've found that organic blueberries might be one of my favorite fruits. Still looking out for some good dragon fruit. I've got a baggie of pomegranate seeds in the fridge.. ziplocks of sliced mini watermelon / fresh pineapple. I probably overdo it with the fruit.. maybe I'll back off in the winter. I was cutting open coconuts the other day, pissing off the upstairs neighbors.

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

(287)

on May 14, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I'll try the fruit for sure :) Luckily I don't like sweet drinks at all :P Thnk you :)

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

(287)

on May 14, 2013
at 11:05 PM

I LOVE blueberries :P They're also my favourite! :) I love oranges and green apples also :) Hey, even if you didn't cutback, It's still healthier than all the wheat and processed crap most eat!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:06 PM

erin, i'm having the same problem since cutting my carbs. i am hungry ALL the time even though i am eating an insane amount of fat and protein. i started making what i call my cup of fat. it's 1/4 cup nut butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 1/4 cup coconut butter all mixed in a bowl. this fills me up for a few hours until i need another 10 oz of meat. it's ridiculous. high carb was WAY cheaper and easier to do and left me full. i've started keeping my coconut butter jar on my nightstand for when i wake up starving in the middle of the night.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 14, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Don't purchase junk food like cookies and you'll have enough money for more meat.

C2fefd191418f9a7bd691077ab9b527a

(287)

on May 14, 2013
at 09:32 PM

yeah I'm having difficulty with eating so much meat, I like fish and chicken, but after that I find it difficult to find any I enjoy :/ It can be more expensive, but I'm hoping it'll be worth it :)

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 15, 2013
at 01:55 AM

erin, yeah, grass fed/wild meat is a lot. i just keep telling myself that it is good for my body. roth, i don't eat junk food so no worries.

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on May 15, 2013
at 11:11 PM

When I first started Paleo, I was stupid hungry for the first 3 days.. after that it passed. One thing I found that sated the hunger was paleo spaghetti. Perhaps give that a try!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 15, 2013
at 11:19 PM

Paleo lasagna is also good - http://www.health-bent.com/beef/paleo-butternut-squash-lasagna This stuff is so yummy it makes me go carb crazy and eat the whole pan!

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on May 15, 2013
at 11:00 PM

You could be confusing carb cravings for nutrient deficiency. You say you're eating mostly protein and fat. Does this mean you're skipping on vegetables? You should eat a variety of raw and cooked vegetables. They offer an array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Not all carbs are bad. You might find that adding some starchy vegetables to your diet will increase your satiation and reduce carb cravings. Starchy vegetables include broccoli, carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes. They are especially satiating cooked with a fat source like coconut oil. Aim to eat some vegetables with your protein source at each meal.

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on May 15, 2013
at 12:42 PM

I agree with New Paleon. just my two cents - after eating fat to curb my carb cravings, I gained a lot of weight. I beg you, add some starch. Add a lb of sweet potato per day, add some rice, add some potatoes, plantains, sago, tapioca, etc.

Alas, how do you know if you don't have an infection or sickness or something impairing your liver's capacity to generate glucose?

I strongly you to check out the perfect health diet with the jaminets and the dangers of going too low-carb. eating fat + protein only, or counting carbs in lettuce and squash as carbs will not be enough carbs.

glucose serves important functions in the body. I'm not telling you to eat sugar, wheat, legumes or vegetable oils. just don't be tied to a diet that doesn't leave you satiated and has you eating your cup of fat....

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 15, 2013
at 12:49 PM

I second the Perfect Health Diet. I love it so much I somehow own both versions ... on my kindle. :)

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