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Caffeine (green tea) to control hunger/

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I'm prone to fits of what I guess you could call hunger rage. If I get/feel hungry I get horribly irrational, irritable and aggressive. Whole worldview shift and you'd swear I wasn't the same person I was when I was full.

In short, I am not pleasant to be around, and can't make good life choices.

Problem is that I'd be completely destroying my budget to be able to eat enough in terms of quantity of good paleo food---and that's accounting for before and after that horrible transition phase and so called 'carb-flu'.

Caffeine is my saviour here in that I can control myself and my feelings without needing to eat to bursting every 2-3 hours because it keeps me from getting hungry AND gets me through those energy lags while adjusting to low-carb.

Caveat here is that I know that I've got the hunger rages to begin with because my insulin and blood sugar situation is probably pretty ugly. As far as I know caffeine can cause issues with insulin sensitivity.

I've taken care of the excess sugar and cream issue by drinking green/white tea---which I can drink straight.

But is the caffeine worth it in spite of me needing to get my insulin etc back into control?

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on August 12, 2013
at 07:36 AM

I'd like to give you my thoughts on the "paleo budget".

Since I started a whole foods diet, I've actually saved quite a lot of money. Here's what I no longer spend money on:

  • vending machines
  • convenience stores
  • restaurants
  • ready-to-eat supermarket foods
  • bottled sauces
  • tropical fruits

I eat enough animal products to meet my protein needs (very little), and buy veggies that are in season (cheap).

Also, if you are willing to have a moderate carb intake, a sizeable portion of your food can be starches like potatoes or sweet potatoes. They are very satiating and cheap.

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on July 29, 2013
at 03:36 AM

You are better off cutting out all grains and powering through the transition period. I found that my appetite went down after a few weeks of going paleo, although I did have to eat a lot at first when transiting out of a carb-heavy diet.

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