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Brand new and completely confused about Paleo. Not sure I am eating enough!

Answered on November 13, 2014
Created April 27, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Hello everyone! I am brand spanking new to the Paleo diet...the autoimmune paleo diet to be exact (I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis) and I am a lot lost on how much fat I should be eating.

Its been about two weeks and I am hungry constantly and EXHAUSTED. I mean really really tired. Oh! And insanely grumpy....and the cherry on top? Constipated. Ugh. Not losing weight, feels as if I am GAINING weight.

Before paleo, I ate very well...only grain was quinoa, GF, hardly any sugars, limited fruit, only dairy was butter and occasional yogurt, small amount of meat once, maybe twice a day. Rarely ate red meat...maybe every couple weeks. Pork, chicken and eggs were my protein sources. I mainly ate small meals throughout the day as I am not someone who can eat a lot at one sitting.

Now I am on this god forsaken diet that honestly feels like torture. It feels crazy to me to eat meat three times a day, and because of this I am struggling to stay on track. From what I read it seems as if I am not getting enough fats and yet it feels as if that is all I am eating!

My menu today:

Breakfast: Salad with EVOO, two small turkey burger patties, and a bowl of leek/celeriac soup with two slices of bacon.

Lunch: Bowl of paleo "chili" (carrots, ground beef, parsnips, onion) and some butternut squash

Snacks: sauerkraut, banana, another turkey burger, and a couple tablespoons of coconut butter. (not eaten all at once, but you can see I am starving between lucnh and dinner!)

Dinner: roast chicken, brussel sprouts in coconut oil, and mashed cauliflower.

What am I doing wrong here? I get so ravenous every day I just spoon gobs of coconut butter in my mouth. That doesnt feel healthy!

Help!?

0094a53b26cab5e73a9a9d474c89deec

on April 27, 2014
at 11:07 PM

I cook everything in liberal amounts of coconut oil, I put heavy cream in my coffee, I eat plenty of eggs and nuts/nut butters, salmon, beef, avocados, full fat greek yogurt, etc. I eat my sugars/starchy carbs with proteins and fats to minimize hunger levels and keep my insulin under control. I feel hungry like you all the time, hungry like i'm *empty*, but only when my blood sugar has been spiking too much (i.e. cheat meals, fruit, starchy carbs, etc). Start tracking your food and pay attention to what makes you hungrier/what makes you feel more sated.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on April 27, 2014
at 09:48 PM

You can cook in plenty of coconut oil, animal fat, or ghee, add fat to your veggies (fat helps you use the Vitamins in the veggies) like olive oil, or ghee. Add coconut oil to your tea or coffee. If you don't have blood sugar issues you can add in some fruit (fruit always messes with my blood sugar, but others tolerate it fine), and some starchy veggies are fine if you don't have blood sugar issues.

0094a53b26cab5e73a9a9d474c89deec

on April 27, 2014
at 02:40 PM

This happened to me for a while after eating paleo, and it's not TRUE hunger. Your body is transitioning to your new lifestyle, and your hunger signals are messed up. Give it time and they will regulate again. A good test that I use when I feel 'hungry' and know that I shouldn't be- am I hungry enough to eat a plate of spinach right now? If no, you probably aren't actually hungry, and you're experiencing food cravings. Also, it seems that you're eating leaner cuts of meat, so maybe experiment with fattier cuts to see if it keeps you fuller.

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7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

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on November 13, 2014
at 04:46 PM

I wonder why you have gone paleo. Your diet before, which seemed to suit you, looks okay to me.

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on November 13, 2014
at 04:38 PM

Turkey and chicken aren't fatty types of meat in the least, try something more substantial.  If you're hungry, eat more volume.  Check your meds dosage as well, if you're adjusting your diet for the auto-immune protocol, and you're still on thyroid meds, you could actually knock your thyroid into hypER rather than your usual hyPO, and this would make you feel hungry all the time.  If you're hungry, eat.  If what you're eating currently isn't working for you, try something new, while still staying within the plan of the auto-immune protocol.  It takes time to figure out what's going to work, every body is different, what works for one person with Hashimoto's may not necessarily work for you. 

If you have auto-immune disease you really have to keep up with your doctor and check your antibodies levels frequently because your meds will need adjusting as your body starts regulating on its own. 

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Ffe84bea9296c1f95baaa8ba02d11329

on November 13, 2014
at 12:15 PM

I'm also new, this is what helped me: using more dense food, more fat food and, if circumsatnces allow, eat more frequently.

Instead of salad, double amount of mixed greens with half of avocado pulverized in the blender, 500 ml/1 pint, there will be no place left for soup. With patties it shoul last at least 2.5 hrs. Patties from more fat meat. If you can't make noise in the morning using blender, try cauliflower rice, prepared in the evening, with coconut oil and some greens and avocado. If you know anything as fat as avocado, variety would be good.

More fatter meat and denser food, add blends of greens, eat more frequently when you can. With fast metabolism and intensive physical activity, if you are hungry, you have to eat again. Maybe later organism adapts.

Another thing comes in mind: some foods make us really hungry, no matter how much of them were eaten. Apples and bananas for me, for you they could be different. Watch for this, and choose what keeps you full longer.

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on April 27, 2014
at 11:23 PM

We are noobs too! Can anyone tell me if eating 500g a day of liver is safe? I am struggling to afford paleo and if I could get all my protein needs from liver it would save me most of my money.

Ffe84bea9296c1f95baaa8ba02d11329

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on November 13, 2014
at 12:31 PM

Everyday only liver is not good, you will need variety. Try to find other sources of a cheap meat: sales in supermarkets using flyers, smaller ethnic supermarkets that have butchers department may have it, especially organ meat and chicken. Check stores in lower income areas. Whole chicken and chicken legs most likely can be found twice cheaper there than in large supermarket with deli departments. Use other organ meat, heart is good, but kidneys take a lot of time to prepare properly and well ventilated kitchen. Have no idea what can be done with tripe and other offal, I'd stick with chicken, liver and heart, it's faster and easier.

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A240b7f0b34292a510ac02f4f7208191

on April 27, 2014
at 08:18 PM

Thanks @kail.aiello....I am actually hungry. Really hungry. I would eat a plate of spinach BUT I know it would be like eating air to my stomach... I have been craving foods that would feel satisfing, like almond butter, coconut butter, squash, bananas, etc...(I seriously feel as if I could eat an half a jar of coconut butter in one day). I had such a clean diet before that I am not craving bread, pasta, sugar...I just want to feel full!

I agree, I should try eating fattier cuts of meat and eating more fat? Besides choosing fattier cuts of meat, how do you get fat into your diet?

0094a53b26cab5e73a9a9d474c89deec

on April 27, 2014
at 11:07 PM

I cook everything in liberal amounts of coconut oil, I put heavy cream in my coffee, I eat plenty of eggs and nuts/nut butters, salmon, beef, avocados, full fat greek yogurt, etc. I eat my sugars/starchy carbs with proteins and fats to minimize hunger levels and keep my insulin under control. I feel hungry like you all the time, hungry like i'm *empty*, but only when my blood sugar has been spiking too much (i.e. cheat meals, fruit, starchy carbs, etc). Start tracking your food and pay attention to what makes you hungrier/what makes you feel more sated.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on April 27, 2014
at 09:48 PM

You can cook in plenty of coconut oil, animal fat, or ghee, add fat to your veggies (fat helps you use the Vitamins in the veggies) like olive oil, or ghee. Add coconut oil to your tea or coffee. If you don't have blood sugar issues you can add in some fruit (fruit always messes with my blood sugar, but others tolerate it fine), and some starchy veggies are fine if you don't have blood sugar issues.

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618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on April 27, 2014
at 05:14 AM

You obviously need starches in your diet. They will be satiating. You are not overweight by any stretch of the imagination, so WHY are you not eating starches? Have some rice, some potato, bring back quinoa (if you tolerate it, why not?) - it seems to me you are falling prey to paleo dogma rather than following a diet of wholesome, real food that is healthy for YOU. Don't listen to the "rules". Try things out until you feel good again. Just avoid what we all know is bad - wheat and seed oils (and soy, for most women). Best of luck.

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A240b7f0b34292a510ac02f4f7208191

on April 27, 2014
at 04:37 AM

I guess I wasn't clear... I feel I am eating enough as I'm full when i stop eating...But i get hungry again quickly so I am confused about what I should be eating as I'm consistently hungry.

0094a53b26cab5e73a9a9d474c89deec

on April 27, 2014
at 02:40 PM

This happened to me for a while after eating paleo, and it's not TRUE hunger. Your body is transitioning to your new lifestyle, and your hunger signals are messed up. Give it time and they will regulate again. A good test that I use when I feel 'hungry' and know that I shouldn't be- am I hungry enough to eat a plate of spinach right now? If no, you probably aren't actually hungry, and you're experiencing food cravings. Also, it seems that you're eating leaner cuts of meat, so maybe experiment with fattier cuts to see if it keeps you fuller.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 27, 2014
at 03:58 AM

Count your calories if you feel you're undereating.

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A240b7f0b34292a510ac02f4f7208191

on April 27, 2014
at 02:55 AM

Just to add to the above: I just ate dinner a half hour ago and I already feel hungry again. Yikes.

I am 5'6'', 120 pounds, and I exercise a fair amount. African dance three times a week, ride my bike often, yoga a few times a week, a good long hike once to twice a week...

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