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Did you eat more than usual on your first week?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Hello all! It's my first week on Paleo and I've been good about sticking to the food restrictions but I am definitely feeling hungrier than normal! I've been eating a little more than I did on a non-Paleo diet and I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this in their first week. If you did do you have any suggestions on what Paleo foods will satiate me without causing me to eat too much? Thank you!

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on April 16, 2013
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Some suggestions on the diet: Move away from olive oil and move towards coconut/avocado/macnut/mct oil. Olive oil has a very low smoke point and is not good to cook on high temperatures. These other oils are delicious and very nutritious. I LOVE MacNut oil on salads (found some on Amazon). Also, try different meats...grass fed beef is great (I get it frozen at Trader Joe's), add some salmon and sardines for extremely healthy and good fats (salmon should be WILD ALASKAN). Usually snacking goes away/way down after adjusting your meals accordingly (I usually just do bfast and dinner, no snacks)

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Thank you! It's generally either scrambled eggs and fruit or smoothies for breakfast, salads with chicken or turkey and lots of veggies (including avocados) for lunch, and baked or grilled chicken prepared with olive oil for dinner with cooked vegetables. Snacks consist of nuts, nutbutters, fruits, and vegetables.

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04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:02 PM

One reason you might be feeling hungry is called wheat withdrawal. When gluten is broken down in your body, it creates gluteomorphins which interact with the same brain cells as opiates. This may cause addiction to the wheat protein, gluten. I think this is sometimes mistaken for the 'low carb flu'. Not to worry, it should go away soon!

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I ate a lot in my first week. I knew it was important for me to switch WHAT I was eating and worry about the amount later. I had to get off processed carbs and sugar.

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on April 16, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Fat tends to help make meals much more filling. Some people come into Paleo with the mindset of "Fat is bad" and have a hard time overcoming this ideal. Without a good amount of fat (coconut oil, avocados, nuts, etc), it's going to be hard to offset all of the previous high calorie foods you were (probably) eating.

It would also be helpful to know what your diet looks like...

D061730dae7f1946ce1be51825380599

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on April 16, 2013
at 08:19 PM

Thank you! It's generally either scrambled eggs and fruit or smoothies for breakfast, salads with chicken or turkey and lots of veggies (including avocados) for lunch, and baked or grilled chicken prepared with olive oil for dinner with cooked vegetables. Snacks consist of nuts, nutbutters, fruits, and vegetables.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 16, 2013
at 09:21 PM

Some suggestions on the diet: Move away from olive oil and move towards coconut/avocado/macnut/mct oil. Olive oil has a very low smoke point and is not good to cook on high temperatures. These other oils are delicious and very nutritious. I LOVE MacNut oil on salads (found some on Amazon). Also, try different meats...grass fed beef is great (I get it frozen at Trader Joe's), add some salmon and sardines for extremely healthy and good fats (salmon should be WILD ALASKAN). Usually snacking goes away/way down after adjusting your meals accordingly (I usually just do bfast and dinner, no snacks)

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:38 PM

For the first couple of weeks, I was eating a 2000+ calorie/day diet! I'm a "skinny-fat" woman and was used to hovering around the "magic" 1200 calorie mark... I'm guessing my body was just starved!

It has leveled off now, and generally bounces back and forth between 1500-1800 calories per day. Every once in a while, usually near the end of my cycle, I might creep back up above the 2000 calorie mark, but my weight loss is steady so I don't worry about it. I just listen to my body and do what it tells me to do.

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on April 16, 2013
at 08:16 PM

I experienced the same for the first few weeks. That said, I was mainly eating lean meat(chicken breast) and vegetables, with virtually all my fat intake coming from avocado, nuts, olive oil and the occasional bacon and eggs breakfast. I think the reason for my hunger was mostly due to insufficient animal(saturated) fat intake. If you cant get fatty cuts of grass-fed meat, try to get kerry gold grass fed butter instead. Coconut oil is also a good source of saturated fat, though some people may not tolerate it.

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