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Intermittent fasting

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I am a very active 5"7 125lb, 20 year old girl and I'm pretty good at eating clean. But I do have my demons! I used to eat like total crap! Candy, soda chips everyday. I'm pretty good, but every so often I get extremely bad sweet cravings! And since I am so active I am never really full, so when I get those cravings, it turns into a whole tub of cookie dough! I've heard IF's are good for helping with cravings. Is this true? I'm not trying to lose weight or anything, so don't need IF for that reason, any input?

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on August 16, 2013
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So being an active female yourself, do you find is easier or harder to workout in a fasted state? Sorry for all the questions! Still trying to figure out how to work the paleo diet for an athlete life.

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on August 16, 2013
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I will definitely try it out and see how I feel. When I first started paleo I made a lot of "paleo desserts", but my problem is eating these substitution sweets just made me want the bad stuff.

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When I say "never full" I mean most of the time I finish a meal, but I could still eat afterwards. I do crossfit 4x a week and bikram yoga 6x a week, so I guess being active keeps me hungry. I could probably add more fat into my diet, like you suggested and see if that helps! Thanks!

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on August 14, 2013
at 08:38 PM

Many people find that IF can increase cravings in those that already struggle with them. Maybe try it once a week to see how you react. My other recommendation would be to just eat more food, and/or find some cleaner cheats than cookie dough. If you must have ice cream, go with haagan Daz five, as it is about the cleanest there is. Make some almond flour cookies, do things like that. You sound like you are in a very good weight range, so thats good.

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on August 16, 2013
at 04:12 AM

I will definitely try it out and see how I feel. When I first started paleo I made a lot of "paleo desserts", but my problem is eating these substitution sweets just made me want the bad stuff.

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on August 14, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I dont like Intermitent Fasting. I find it makes me binge, feel like I'm starving myself. I know it's a mental thing, but I hate restricting myself so much, I have had zero success with this, but some people are able to do it very well.

When I have tried fasting I have just end up obsessing over food and what I'm going to eat when I'm done, I get zero pleasure out of it and find that it stresses me out..

To avoid the occasionally tub of cookie dough have you tried cocoa? or super dark chocolate? I mix in a teaspoon of cocoa with 1/3 cup of coconut milk (the thick stuff) and shake it up. It's good for a chocolate craving and is pretty paleo.

What do you mean when you say 'you're never really full?' Are you eating enough fat? I find that helps with the cravings and general sweet cravings.

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on August 16, 2013
at 04:05 AM

When I say "never full" I mean most of the time I finish a meal, but I could still eat afterwards. I do crossfit 4x a week and bikram yoga 6x a week, so I guess being active keeps me hungry. I could probably add more fat into my diet, like you suggested and see if that helps! Thanks!

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on August 14, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Amanda is right about the super dark chocolate, definitely helps with cravings. Fresh, local berries are another great way to handle the sweet cravings (in moderation), especially during this time of year (:

I am also a young (24), active individual, who has struggled with cravings in the past. IF definitely has helped me; this is because instead of the mental effort of making clean meal choices all day I just make my meal choices in a smaller time window and therefore I need less mental energy to focus on my nutrition. I do need some coconut oil and coffee in the morning to keep me satiated until my feeding window however.

As a female be diligent in listening to how your body is feeling (I've heard from more than a few sources fasting is more taxing on females than males). Also, as a very active individual keep in mind that your carbohydrate intake will need to be sufficient for your output (especially if your activities are high intensity), and that your intake of fat is enough to help keep that feeling of fullness long after your meal. Hope I could help.

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on August 16, 2013
at 04:14 AM

So being an active female yourself, do you find is easier or harder to workout in a fasted state? Sorry for all the questions! Still trying to figure out how to work the paleo diet for an athlete life.

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on August 14, 2013
at 08:42 PM

In my opinion you never really deprived yourself enough... or maybe better put - freed yourself enough from sugar/carbs. Once you really go under 100g (maybe less in your case ie. 75g) of carbs a day for a few weeks, then the cravings should stop and you'll be free :D hehe. It also helps and speeds up the process to kind of encourage your body to enter ketosis with early morning empty stomach sports. That way your body will understand quicker that you're feeding it fat for energy and that it doesn't need sugar/carbs to function. When you accomplish this freedom from cravings, you can start adding the things you like back into you diet like bananas, little honey, piece of real chocolate etc., because this time YOU are going to be in control ;)

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