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Stimulate my apetite

Commented on February 18, 2014
Created February 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I often have trouble eating enough. I stay physically full longer than I should. It's frustrating. I'm just looking for tips on digesting faster/more completely and/or stimulating appetite.

I currently use digestive enzymes and eat plenty of fermented foods, which helps with the digestion aspect, but I still find myself staying full for many, many hours after a relatively modest meal. Sometimes upwards of 12 hours. Not just "not hungry" but feeling physically full.

This is not helpful because I'm naturally skinny and not interested in weight loss.

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on February 18, 2014
at 09:34 PM

not sure about the digestion bit, but as far as stimulating appetite and not going crazy with carbs, what if you ate some carbs with a lot of fat? ever had fries baked with butter on them...OMG

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on February 18, 2014
at 09:19 PM

Increasing your fat calories might be easier if you drank your fat (drink olive oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil) or if you ate it from a spoon (butter, salted lard with crispy bacon pieces and caramelized onion). Drinking it is super easy, when I'm low on calories and feel like passing out, I pour myself about 100 ml of olive oil into a measuring cup. That's roughly 880 calories right there, goes down quite easily once you get used to extra virgin.

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on February 18, 2014
at 09:19 PM

Is it "the days I eat more, I eliminate more" or is it "the days I eliminate more, I eat".

ie is the increased elimination the stimulus to eat more or is the eating more the stimulus to eliminate more?

Feeling full could be caused by being very subtly "backed up".

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on February 18, 2014
at 09:03 PM

Much, much better than it used to be, though there is definitely a correlation. The days when I eliminate more, I tend to eat more and visa versa.

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on February 18, 2014
at 09:01 PM

I find that I need much less water on a paleo style diet but rather than attribute it to some miracle nutritional response I assume it's simply because I used to eat a LOT of dried/dessicated foods such as chips, crackers, dry granola, jerky, and a slew of other dry goods. When I put moist, natural food in my body I don't have to spend so much time reconstituting it in my stomach/colon.

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(58)

on February 18, 2014
at 08:59 PM

why are you avoiding carbs?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 08:58 PM

Yes, I second this. Exercise is also a huge appetite stimulant for me as well.

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on February 18, 2014
at 08:55 PM

125 ounces? That's 15.6 cups of water a day! Wow. Lot of bathroom breaks for sure.

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(624)

on February 18, 2014
at 08:52 PM

Ah, this does work. It's just about the only way I can get my caloric intake above what's required to just maintain my weight. The trouble is that I end up eating about 65% of my calories as carbs...

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on February 18, 2014
at 08:49 PM

haha yeah but it just makes me crave carbs, sweets, and crunchy things more than anything else. What I miss is that empty, churning feeling in my gut letting me know I'm ready for a big, meaty, oily meal. Weed doesn't help much with that and in fact it seems to slow down digestion.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on February 17, 2014
at 09:39 PM

@methodician

How's the elimintion side of the equation?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 15, 2014
at 02:44 PM

Holy random number, Batman! 125 ounces of water a day? Such numbers are such BS, there's no research out there that supports such numbers.

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on February 14, 2014
at 09:33 PM

I understand what you mean, however that's a tough one to answer to be honest....fat and protein are very filling, if you want to eat more of one, you will need to decrease the other. Either way, I don't know of a way to force yourself to eat more fat once you've reached your threshold. I've been there and believe me, it feels like if I ate another drop I would vomit. I haven't yet figured out a way to circumvent that system to this day.

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(624)

on February 14, 2014
at 09:22 PM

I feel better when I eat more of my calories as fat though. Any tips on countering the appetite destruction and/or speeding up digestion on a high fat diet?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 14, 2014
at 09:15 PM

Yes, fat kills hunger rather efficiently, reducing your fat intake will readily increase your appetite.

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on February 12, 2014
at 04:17 PM

Not bad suggestions. People think it's weird how I drink a bunch of water before a meal and refuse to sip at it while I eat like they do, but I just feel better that way, so listening to my body can help.

I definitely need to slow down while eating. I've been thinking too that reducing my meal size might actually help me eat more consistently. The food is just so good and I'm usually in a hurry...

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on February 17, 2014
at 02:08 PM

For me, if I eat something carby, such as baked sweet potato with a spoon of buckwheat honey, I find I'm hungry in about half an hour and I crave something else carby. :) I don't have that issue with salads, meats, and eggs.

So maybe eat something carby and sweet as an appetizer, and then you might be hungry for more after.

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(624)

on February 18, 2014
at 08:52 PM

Ah, this does work. It's just about the only way I can get my caloric intake above what's required to just maintain my weight. The trouble is that I end up eating about 65% of my calories as carbs...

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on February 17, 2014
at 04:04 AM

Prepare tastier food... Try different cuisines... Vary things up (or, spice things up', if you will...).

Why do you tihnk you feel full all the time...? Is it a reasonable response in relation to what you eat/how you eat...? eg a lot of fat...? What you eat can affect your motility...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1727817/

Maybe you have sensitivity issues with some foods you're eating, os low stomach acid...?

Or that all the probiotics you're ingesting and perhaps, prebiotics in the enzymes, are contirbuting to a lot of fermatnaion/proflieration/ going on... Perhaps leading to you having that sensation of fullness. If you don't lack energy perhaps there are adequate short chain fatty acids being produced because of the foods you're eating and amounts you're having of them...?

Just eating more might stimulate your appetite..., and introducing more carbs too, if the idea of eating different cuisines doesn't excite...

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on February 15, 2014
at 02:35 PM

Exercise is a huge appetite stimulant for me.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 08:58 PM

Yes, I second this. Exercise is also a huge appetite stimulant for me as well.

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on February 15, 2014
at 12:34 PM

Marijuana is an appetite stimulant, but it does come with certain 'side effects'.

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(624)

on February 18, 2014
at 08:49 PM

haha yeah but it just makes me crave carbs, sweets, and crunchy things more than anything else. What I miss is that empty, churning feeling in my gut letting me know I'm ready for a big, meaty, oily meal. Weed doesn't help much with that and in fact it seems to slow down digestion.

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on February 14, 2014
at 09:06 PM

FYI for anyone else experiencing this problem, I've been reducing my portion sizes and slightly reducing my fat intake and my appetite/digestive speed both seem to be doing better. I'm trying to find a balance where my fat intake remains fairly high but i'm still able to quickly and efficiently digest my food.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 14, 2014
at 09:15 PM

Yes, fat kills hunger rather efficiently, reducing your fat intake will readily increase your appetite.

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on February 12, 2014
at 02:08 PM

1. Make sure that you are properly hydrated, which is about 125 ounces a day for men. Water helps your body break down the foods you have eaten, although if you drink water *while you are eating your meal*, it will actually slow the digestive process.

2. Chew your food slowly. The saliva and small portions of food will help the digestive system breaks food apart quicker.

3. Don't workout after meals. The best way for the digestive system to function is by sitting down. People should not be doing anything that could cause the digestive system to slow down, so avoid physical activity after you eat.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 15, 2014
at 02:44 PM

Holy random number, Batman! 125 ounces of water a day? Such numbers are such BS, there's no research out there that supports such numbers.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 08:55 PM

125 ounces? That's 15.6 cups of water a day! Wow. Lot of bathroom breaks for sure.

Medium avatar

(624)

on February 12, 2014
at 04:17 PM

Not bad suggestions. People think it's weird how I drink a bunch of water before a meal and refuse to sip at it while I eat like they do, but I just feel better that way, so listening to my body can help.

I definitely need to slow down while eating. I've been thinking too that reducing my meal size might actually help me eat more consistently. The food is just so good and I'm usually in a hurry...

Medium avatar

(624)

on February 18, 2014
at 09:01 PM

I find that I need much less water on a paleo style diet but rather than attribute it to some miracle nutritional response I assume it's simply because I used to eat a LOT of dried/dessicated foods such as chips, crackers, dry granola, jerky, and a slew of other dry goods. When I put moist, natural food in my body I don't have to spend so much time reconstituting it in my stomach/colon.

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