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Not sure of what to think of my appetite?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Hi!

Well, a few months ago, i was underweight by about 4 kg, and because of this I have not had my period in a while. So I gained weight and now i'm near what I was before I started to lose weight. I find that now I have a weird appetite/eating habits. I don't know how to describe it but i'll try.

Mostly around dinner, If i don't eat till im stuffed, I don't feel satisfied, so I keep hanging around the kitchen eating until I feel stuffed.

I also have a bit of a problem of just eating when there's nothing to do or if i'm upset about something.

I'm a teenager so I'm not sure if this is just my appetite responding to growth, perhaps catching up from being underweight, or if I don't really have a good emotional relationship with eating.

Thankyou!

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:35 PM

The same happens with me... Right now, I'm just trusting that once I am no longer underweight I won't think about food quite as much and it will get easier. It's definitely a struggle; best of luck to you!

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 20, 2011
at 03:09 AM

That experiment really explains alot! Yes I find that I have food on my mind alot and that It's even interrupting my studies a bit. Thankyou!

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Glad to be able to help. I'm still struggling too so I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I agree, it's good to know you're not alone :)

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Yeah I think im a bit of a worry wort >< . Will do! :) Wow! That's really interesting! Yeah I have problems with bloating too! It really irritates me. I'll definitely try a high protein breakfast from now on, and check out the link. Those are perfect ideas! Thankyou!! :)

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Yep! Another good one thankyou! Our household is almost paleo except for my sibbling, the only thing I tend to crave is this lovely 90% dark chocolate in my fridge >< but I'll make it a thing of occasion now.

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:41 PM

wow I am so glad i'm not alone with this! This is really interesting! I'm going to read about that experiment :) This explains everything! My gosh im so happy that total strangers can help me like this :). The paleo community is absolutely lovely!

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Thankyou AndyM! That's a good test to try next time i feel this way! Also the brisk walk idea is great! @Nance Yes i've also found that after drinking water I loose that "hunger" so I always bring a large bottle of water with me to school now so It encourages me to drink all throughout the day :)

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

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on December 19, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Yes that sounds exactly how I seem to eat! I should definitely eat larger meals at lunch and then I won't feel compelled to eat so much in the afternoon. I just hope once i do this the habit of eating alot at night doesn't stick! :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 19, 2011
at 06:18 PM

This! The last thing you need to do right now is become totally obsessed with your eating habits. When you eat, do your best to select healthy, nutrient-dense foods. When you have urges to eat, use AndyM's test. And drink plenty of water, because sometimes vague urges to eat are actually thirst.

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on December 19, 2011
at 02:12 PM

The solution might be to eat more during the day so your body's not trying to make up for all the calories at night. That was my eating as a teen - skip lunch, binge from after school to bedtime.

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:32 PM

The solution might be to eat more fat ;-D

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on December 19, 2011
at 01:09 PM

You just described me. The solution is to eat more protein.

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C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I've been having some trouble with this too- I'm also recovering from being underweight and experiencing weird appetite. I'm also a teenager. Your metabolism is likely recovering from being slowed down while you were underweight and you will naturally seek more food during this time until your body has fully recovered. Our bodies are amazing in the sense that they put food as the number one priority when we're not getting enough, to make sure that we survive. This is why you might find yourself thinking about food often or wanting to eat when you don't think you need to- I know I do. The best thing you can do is eat 3 good meals a day with plenty of protein and fat, and a decent snack if you need it. This way you can be confident you are giving your body what it needs and your metabolism will straighten itself out as you get to/maintain a healthy weight. It also helped me to read about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment to learn about the way the body responds to starvation- while I was not experiencing anything nearly as intense as the men in the study, I could recognize some of their symptoms in myself when I was not giving myself enough to eat. It made me understand that some of my responses to undereating and recovery were natural biological responses. Good luck!

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

(10)

on December 19, 2011
at 11:41 PM

wow I am so glad i'm not alone with this! This is really interesting! I'm going to read about that experiment :) This explains everything! My gosh im so happy that total strangers can help me like this :). The paleo community is absolutely lovely!

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on December 20, 2011
at 02:35 PM

The same happens with me... Right now, I'm just trusting that once I am no longer underweight I won't think about food quite as much and it will get easier. It's definitely a struggle; best of luck to you!

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on December 20, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Glad to be able to help. I'm still struggling too so I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I agree, it's good to know you're not alone :)

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

(10)

on December 20, 2011
at 03:09 AM

That experiment really explains alot! Yes I find that I have food on my mind alot and that It's even interrupting my studies a bit. Thankyou!

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:14 PM

I'd certainly say you don't have an unusual relationship with eating! Obviously we could get into the details of what you're eating and make it very technical, but I don't think that's really the point here.

As you say, if you're at a healthy weight now and growing then I wouldn't worry about eating too much, the trick is in what exactly you eat. A lot of people find with paleo diets that they learn to overcome compulsive or comfort/boredom eating by identifying what they actually want to eat. The usual test is to see of you want to eat a steak and/or vegetables. If that thought leaves you suddenly not so hungry any more then whatever you're feeling probably isn't something you want to feed. So just avoid snacking and stick to real 'meals' if you want to eat.

But don't worry, there's no immediate danger, feel free to take the time to learn about your body, be aware of the times when you think you might be using food for reasons other than nutrition, and if it's important to you then try to do something else. A nice brisk walk is almost always as effective.

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

(10)

on December 19, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Thankyou AndyM! That's a good test to try next time i feel this way! Also the brisk walk idea is great! @Nance Yes i've also found that after drinking water I loose that "hunger" so I always bring a large bottle of water with me to school now so It encourages me to drink all throughout the day :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 19, 2011
at 06:18 PM

This! The last thing you need to do right now is become totally obsessed with your eating habits. When you eat, do your best to select healthy, nutrient-dense foods. When you have urges to eat, use AndyM's test. And drink plenty of water, because sometimes vague urges to eat are actually thirst.

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on December 19, 2011
at 03:05 PM

First, I wouldn't lose sleep over eating more than you think you ought to, especially if you're still growing. Give your body all the building blocks it needs to set yourself up for a long, healthy, adult life. That said I know that grazing, especially at night can leave me feeling bloated and sluggish, and I agree you may need to increase your daytime food intake.

I've had the same problem, and I've had a lot of success heading off evening munchies by getting a very high-protein breakfast a la Jack Kruse's Leptin Prescription (http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/). For me this can mean something like a 3 egg omelet with a 1/3 lb chicken within 30 minutes of waking, which felt crazy at first but has gone a long way to regulating my appetite. Within 2 weeks of starting this, I lost the bloating around my midsection that had been bothering me, I generally felt more alert, and had my appetite under control.

I try to head off stress/boredom eating by stretching, foam rolling, walking, or some other gentle exercise that will put me in touch with my body in a different way. Another thing that can help is to schedule a regular activity during the "witching hour." Planning a regular evening walk with a friend, a study date at a coffee shop, or even just your favorite TV show over a cup of tea can relieve stress and get you out of the kitchen.

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

(10)

on December 19, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Yeah I think im a bit of a worry wort >< . Will do! :) Wow! That's really interesting! Yeah I have problems with bloating too! It really irritates me. I'll definitely try a high protein breakfast from now on, and check out the link. Those are perfect ideas! Thankyou!! :)

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on December 19, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Easiest solution is to not keep "bad foods" in the house, or easily prepared foods :)

If Im still "hungry" after dinner, I have two options: eat fruit/ nuts, or cook something from scratch. Normally I find Im not erally hungry enough for either after all.

7f16bca7eed7be5242b667055446cf30

(10)

on December 19, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Yep! Another good one thankyou! Our household is almost paleo except for my sibbling, the only thing I tend to crave is this lovely 90% dark chocolate in my fridge >< but I'll make it a thing of occasion now.

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