Issues ingesting meals?

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Created March 09, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I have no issues with preference regarding paleolithic foods [i.e: "I don't like spinach]. In fact, for the last few weeks since starting the paleo-way, I've enjoyed all of the eggs, meat, avocado, veggies, etc. But sometimes [particularly around lunch time] - my BODY doesn't want it. Though it's appealing and I have a craving for it, I put a spoonful in my mouth and my body is trying to spit it out, sometimes to the point of trying to throw it up [sorry for the details.] The hell is going on here? It's cooked, it tastes good, I want it, so why is my body rejecting it?

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on March 09, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I know I get this with sweet potatoes when I'm eating rather large quantities. I've always assumed its my body saying I've got enough beta-carotene, or any of the other number of nutrients in the sweet potato. I would say try to listen to it, and only worry if you start to feel signs of not eating enough. If paleo has taught me anything its, "listen to your body, it can be pretty damn smart."



on March 09, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I've experienced a similar response, particularly when it's early in the day (before noon kind of thing), and it has made me rearrange when I eat. When it came down to it, I just wasn't hungry enough to eat such a rich meal! It may be unpopular in the paleo world to "snack", but that is basically what I have turned my lunch into. Something a bit lighter than I would have eaten before, like some leftover roasted veggies, steamed broccoli etc sometimes (gasp) without a piece of meat. Otherwise, a roasted chicken thigh, half a can of salmon, a piece of beef jerky, or a handful of shrimp (so good with reduced balsamic in half an avocado). Just a nice salad with some vinegar and shredded raw veg is good too, or a thermos of chicken broth to sip on. This is a nice meal in the middle of the day that doesn't "turn me off" so to speak. I know I have a nice, rich dinner waiting at home, so I don't think it's a big deal to take in a bit of a lighter meal, or even the same meal just in a smaller portion size.



on March 09, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I don't know if we're really experiencing the same thing or not but I think we may be.

I'm having to pay very close attention to my signals or I find myself at the end of my salad not wanting my main course.

In my case, I think I've finally made the switch from nutrient-starved to well-nourished and my body is--at least at those moments--recognizing that I have excess body fat remaining. It takes MUCH LESS to maintain my nourished state than it took to catch up so my natural aptitude for fasting is pretty aggressive right now.

I find it fascinating that the raw stuff I start my meals with (a grapefruit, a leafy salad) are still happily accepted but halfway through the salad my appetitie disappears. I was so conditioned to the needs of my larger body I think my default portions are just too big now.

It's not a terrible thing to fill up on salad but I am trying to make them smaller with a goal of making it partway through my main course before stopping my meal. As I continue to lose fat I assume I'll have to recalculate again at some point.



on March 09, 2012
at 08:46 PM

The only time I've ever thrown up from eating is when I had ingested positively too much food to hold onto (a Superbowl binge in my pre-paleo days). Other than that, the only time I get similar feelings is after a workout -- I eat a big lunch, so if my stomach is still not empty, I get a little queasy with my post-workout replenishment (paleo energy bar & almond milk).


on March 09, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Wow, so weird. This has happened to me with salad. I eat my salad last and sometimes when it gets time to eat it (after loads of meat), I start gagging mid-way through. Spinach in particular sets the gagging off. I figure it's just my body saying "you're full, dummy, stop eating". I normally don't go past the "full" sensation, but I do with salad because I figure there's always room for it.

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