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Does anyone else feel like they get hungry with their mind and not stomach?

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Created February 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

When I get hungry I feel like its my mind telling me I need food rather then my stomach grumbling and stuff feeling empty? Anyone else feel this way?

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The only times I haven't gotten "the hunger" is when I am very low carb and just had a few eggs with butter for breakfast, but I totally know what you mean about cereal! It's the worst, I could eat a whole box and not feel full, like a teenage boy.

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Have you tried different breakfasts, I've read somewhere that getting 30 grams of protein for breakfast is a good way to keep you full. When I used to eat a bowl of cereal a year ago every morning I would get light headed if I didn't eat 30 min later

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on February 10, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Yes, same here.

I have a regular battlefield in my psyche between Reason (forebrain) and Instinct (presumably my hindbrain). Usually, Reason, with its Brooks Brothers sangfroid, begins with an understated "No, please", to which Instinct replies, in the Arnold Schwartzeneggar affectation of Terminator 2, "I INSIST".

My forebrain would then reassert, firmly, "It's a net negative." This usually is the end of it, as I have superb self-control in all thing non-comestible. But hindbrain gamely comebacks, "What's one ice cream sandwich gonna hurt you on the margin?"

Forebrain, exasperated, and now realizing it is going down in defeat, tries to overwhelm brute Instinct with superior intellectual firepower, snaps: "Because the same behavior telescoped into the future become a habit. And the net present cost of a lifetime habit, summed via integration, become a huge number. In terms of cash cost of junk food, forgone productivity, and abridge life span.

To which hindbrain replies slyly, knowing it is delivering the coup de grace: "Last one. And we'll start clean tomorrow."

To which my forebrain, which may be weak but is not stupid, and moreover, knowing it is over, thinks to itself, "One last time is what every addict says, and never arrives."

Freud might've characterized it as where the Ego and Superego team up to battle against the Id.

Of course, the Paleo low-carb trick is to win the war without fighting, Sun Tzu-style. By not triggering the insulin response that awakens Instinct. The forebrain is apparently not meant to override the hindbrain on matters such as heart beat, breathing, and, apparently (at times) eating.

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on February 10, 2013
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This is one of the reasons I IF, and have, historically, before I knew what it was. If I eat breakfast, I want to eat all day, just grazing, but it adds up. It's like every 30 minutes I feel like eating, especially while working, munching is almost a distraction and it seems to help me keep focus. However, if I don't have breakfast, these cravings never kick in until I break fast, so I tend to keep it to afternoon/evening. It saves an incredible amount of time not scrounging for more food all day long.

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on February 10, 2013
at 08:39 AM

Have you tried different breakfasts, I've read somewhere that getting 30 grams of protein for breakfast is a good way to keep you full. When I used to eat a bowl of cereal a year ago every morning I would get light headed if I didn't eat 30 min later

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on February 10, 2013
at 08:46 AM

The only times I haven't gotten "the hunger" is when I am very low carb and just had a few eggs with butter for breakfast, but I totally know what you mean about cereal! It's the worst, I could eat a whole box and not feel full, like a teenage boy.

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on February 10, 2013
at 11:42 AM

I have that all the time and I think this is a symptom of hypoglycemia. I barely get hungry in my stomach, but my mind knows when I have to eat. And if I wait too long, I'll get dizzy and shakey. Or sometimes I just feel sleepy when my mind gets hungry. Think you need to check whether or not hypoglycemia is of your concern (blood sugar monitoring) It's treatable for sure, just adapt your paleo for hypoglycemia a bit, lots of info on that on here :D

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on February 10, 2013
at 02:33 AM

Yes. I often feel the desire to snack, out of boredom, not hunger. Luckily I can resist the desire most of the time.

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on February 10, 2013
at 02:00 AM

Yes, often. I will be sitting there thinking, "Man, I wanna eat something," and I'll have food on the brain. If don't eat right then, about twenty to thirty minutes later, I'll feel and hear the tummy start up. Sometimes I go ahead and eat then. If I don't, I'll get a low-blood sugar feeling for maybe another twenty to thirty minutes, and then I'll feel just fine after that until whenever I get around to eating.

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on February 10, 2013
at 01:55 AM

If I'm about to eat just because it's meal time then it's more of a mind thing. If I get ravenously hungry and haven't eaten in a long time then I'll feel it in my stomach too.

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on February 10, 2013
at 10:15 AM

I only want to eat when my bacteria wants to eat. I have just finished with my second antibiotic treatment, but I have known my bacteria for quite a while. When it is hungry - it tells me. Especially when it wants sugar. It is a nasty little bacteria and it wants something sweet when it is not subdued by antibiotics.

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