0

votes

Paleo beginner with some hunger issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Hi all,

I'm on day 10 of my paleo transformation. In those 10 days, I noticed some very positive changes :

  • no more irritated bowels (since day 2)
  • no more gum bleeding while brushing my teeth (since day 4)
  • lost 2 kg
  • better perfomance in my running workout : improved my times by 10% in one week

So all should be fine and dandy, but I have the following bad symptoms :

  • I'm hungry almost all the time. I had lunch 2 hours ago and my stomach is already aching - I'm going to have to eat one or two apples before dinner
  • Probably related, I feel dizzy and light-headed.

This is what I had for lunch 2 hours ago : 2 hamburgers, a large serving of breen beans, mushrooms, and garlic. All of these cooked with butter.

I suppose I'm lacking (animal) fat, but don't see how I can add some while keeping the food tasty.

Thanks for any suggestions.

718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

(184)

on August 01, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Riceball, I can relate a lot to what you said : yes, it's mostly mental hunger. Yes, it goes away for an hour or so if I do 15 push-ups (I wonder why), but it's not always easy to do at work. So: more water, avocados, a bit more meat fat. Thanks, all.

  • 718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

    asked by

    (184)
  • Views
    1.1K
  • Last Activity
    1284D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

best answer

0
448856e75f0af457a37c3f6b912ab9e0

on July 31, 2013
at 06:16 PM

You're like me. You seem to have cravings all the time. I was like this for two to three weeks. BUT DON'T BE DISCOURAGED. Keep on. It is so worth it. The first week was terrible for me. I fainted, I vomited, my sebaceous glands went crazy, my KP started to go nuts, and I was depressed. BUT DON'T STOP.

Definitely do eat animal fats. I like to get 70:30 or 80:20 ground beef for that extra fat, and plus, it's cheaper. I find myself not eating as much when I consume healthy fats, especially avocado.

Take the broccoli/onion test: Are you really that hungry to the point where you are willing to eat an entire sprig o broccoli or an onion raw? If you hesitate, then that is just mental hunger, not true hunger.

Drink water. LOTS OF WATER. Drink green tea. When you feel hungry, do some jumping jacks or other activity. And make sure you sleep. When I don't sleep early, my stomach decides to do a whale mating call and tell me to get my butt back to the kitchen.

718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

(184)

on August 01, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Riceball, I can relate a lot to what you said : yes, it's mostly mental hunger. Yes, it goes away for an hour or so if I do 15 push-ups (I wonder why), but it's not always easy to do at work. So: more water, avocados, a bit more meat fat. Thanks, all.

1
Acf47829cddf3c2e538a728862734d8a

on July 31, 2013
at 02:07 PM

When I first started paleo, I had to add in a bit of paleo-friendly carbs to help keep me full - potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas. But after a month, my appetite regulated and I am now able to do without the additional carbs and still stay full. Overall, I would say that my appetite has gone down since going paleo, although it did not feel like that in the first few weeks.

1
C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 31, 2013
at 01:45 PM

Cook in coconut oil/butter/fat and it will add flavor and calories. One of the main benefits of the paleo diet should be hunger control. It could be that you are glycogen depleted, but are not fully adapted to burn fat so your body says you are hungry because you didn't get any carbs in your meal. Either you can stick it out, or just add some carbs like sweet potato, butternut squash, plantains, or fruit to your meal also.

0
0a050e0e95776a2878d364aa6e47a743

on July 31, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Wow! You are doing great. Try having a nice salad with olive oil and lemon juice...chop up an avocado and add some toasted nuts. Just eat your hamburgers along with it. We also eat lots of bacon around here and cook stuff in the fat. That is really yummy. Salmon is also great along with a salad and is super good for you with Omega 3s. I think fear of fat was one of the hardest obstacles we faced when going Paleo. We've just been told over and over about high fat diets. Keep to the good stuff and you'll be fine. And you'll feel more satiated for a longer time.

0
0f2b59c894995a85d0711a9383c044ce

on July 31, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Instead of apples, you should try adding half an avocado to your meals, or having them as snacks.

I think I went paleo around the same time you did, and I've had so many avocados in the last few days!

My favorite thing is to make a simple hand-mashed guacamole (avocado, fresh lemon, sea salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper) and to mix in some tuna (or mashed sardines), and some crunchy veggies like bell pepper or cucumber. It turns into a bowl of green food, but it is really filling and pretty low calorie.

Basically, just aim for green veggies, good fats, and protein for your snacks and reserve the fruit as a special treat. You'll stay fuller for longer.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!