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Do you snack; or are you a strict meal-time only eater?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Do you ever snack? (Paleo friendly of course)

I'm rather new to all this and have been doing really well eating 3 Paleo meals a day and haven't often felt a need for between meal snacks but there is the off day where I am hungry before a meal. Is there a good reason to abstain from snacking on the rare occasion I feel like I need one?

I really want to start off on the right foot here so any help would be appreciated :)

Thanks!

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:12 PM

everybody has abs. Not every is as vain as you seem to be

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:32 PM

2 hours before, so i am on a semi-fasted state, this makes stored fat, more available for burning. And 1 hour after, so food doesn't disrupt my levels of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) the best anti-oxidant known to man

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:32 PM

and why is that?

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on August 22, 2012
at 08:13 AM

The snickers signal is your carb addiction. You are build to prefer carbs above fat and proteïn most of the time. If you didn't prefer carbs, which is for Grok equal to fruit in summertime, you didn't have the change to build up a nice layer of fat in your body to raise your changes for winter survival. That's why the hunger systems in your body prevent excessive eating for fat and protein (otherwise you would be overeating the year round) but NOT for carbs. Because you will overeat on carbs, Grok did build up a nice layer of fat before the winter kicks in.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I think its good digestive policy not to snack generally (your MMC cleansing waves occur between meals). Its probably better for your leptin too, and regulation of appetite. But the occasional snack wont hurt I dont think.

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on August 22, 2012
at 02:46 AM

"Your body is perfectly capable of signalling what foods it need. Except for carbs!" ----- don't you think that your statement is self-contradicting? - a rather hu-uge exception of a whole macronutrient group! ---- which is a proof that the body is NOT "perfectly capable of signalling" (my body always 'signals' me that it wants a snick*#s bar - a 'signal' i have learnt not to pay attention to or if otherwise - to ignore)

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Don't forget to eat enough! I don't know what your reason of not-snacking is? Do you want to eat something? Eat it! Your body is perfectly capable of signalling what foods it need. Except for carbs! So skip the carb snacks. I have a few cooked eggs in the fridge and almost always some baked meat or some leftover vegetables to eat. But I only need those if I eat a high-carb meal at a friends place or forgot to eat enough food the previous meal. Success!

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A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

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on August 22, 2012
at 02:47 AM

snacking is for ruminants or people without abs - end of story

Cfdbf3485f0bac5895f86d74afd9fac0

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on November 05, 2012
at 02:12 PM

everybody has abs. Not every is as vain as you seem to be

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I eat when i'm hungry, it doesn't matter what time it is, but i try not to eat 2 hours before exercising and 1 hour after.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:32 PM

and why is that?

Medium avatar

(3213)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:32 PM

2 hours before, so i am on a semi-fasted state, this makes stored fat, more available for burning. And 1 hour after, so food doesn't disrupt my levels of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) the best anti-oxidant known to man

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on November 05, 2012
at 11:49 PM

It depends on what you mean by snack. I usually have two decent size meals per day - always dinner, and either lunch or breakfast. I don't like to fast, so I usually eat something, probably averages 250-500 calories, either in the morning or afternoon instead of a full-size meal. Call it two big meals and a snack or two big meals and one small meal.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Everyone is different. Listen to your body and you won't go wrong.

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on November 05, 2012
at 07:05 PM

I eat 3 meals a day (sometimes 2, usually on the days I don't work out I try fasting for about 18-20 hours). No snacking for me, and most of the time I am not hungry enough to even consider it.

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on November 05, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I'll have three meals/day and usually a light snack in the evening. I don't really feel the need to snack any other time in the day.

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74d3afd30ebc0d604d56c6de897bb9a8

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:43 PM

could we set up a poll on paleohacks? women snackers versus men snackers? just curious. I used to snack as a crutch to make it through the day. not as much anymore although I love sweet potatoes by themselves, as a snack, not so much apples or bananas or other fruit. I know there are various reasons about why you should never do this, because there's no protein or fat, but it fills me up way more than a handful of nuts.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I agree with most. If you eat enough at your meals, snacking should be the furthest thing from your mind. I am on a 20/4 Intermittent Fast schedule, and other than a tablespoon of heavy cream in my morning coffee, don't eat until around 4 PM, then my main meal around 7 PM.

Occasionally, I'll skip the 4 PM food totally and just make it a 24 hour fast. No hunger, no cravings, no energy dips, just plain ol' goodness :)

http://www.jbprimal.com

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:35 PM

2 meals for me. one around 12 n the other around 7pm.

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:56 PM

I tend to snack on almonds and low glycemic fruit in small amounts. I do believe that there is less need or urge to snack when you are fat adapted like some say. I've had a tough time getting fat adapted thus I snack.

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Kinda depends on your goals and some self experimentation. If you're trying to lose weight it's probably best to avoid extra snacks most of the time.

My answer: I take the minimal rules "keep it simple" approach. I snack if/when I'm hungry and something good is handy. For me it's more about the What I eat than then When I eat.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 06, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I eat when I am hungry.

Usually I do best at 2-3 meals. Sometimes I am hungry and I snack between meals, sometimes I am really hungry and do what could be considered 4-5 meals. Occasionally I am not hungry and I only eat once. Listen to you body, eat when you are hungry!

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:25 PM

before Paleo i used to constantly snack/eat and constantly felt full/sick. now that i eat more fat i am enjoying discrete meals and letting my body rest in between.

as a result i am having to change the foods i buy and prepare since i find i no longer eat them for snacks every few hours like i used to.

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6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I snack on coconut pieces, bananas and nakd bars occasionally. But way less than pre-paleo. I don't worry about snacking, if I feel like it I do.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on August 22, 2012
at 02:18 AM

I don't snack regularly, but if I'm hungry, I eat. If it's not mealtime, I guess that's snacking. I do not build snacks into my food plan. I do not, however, think it's a make it or break it choice.

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5b8cf203186c3cb7810f5046e0532be8

(166)

on August 21, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Don't forget to eat enough! I don't know what your reason of not-snacking is? Do you want to eat something? Eat it! Your body is perfectly capable of signalling what foods it need. Except for carbs! So skip the carb snacks. I have a few cooked eggs in the fridge and almost always some baked meat or some leftover vegetables to eat. But I only need those if I eat a high-carb meal at a friends place or forgot to eat enough food the previous meal. Success!

A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

(404)

on August 22, 2012
at 02:46 AM

"Your body is perfectly capable of signalling what foods it need. Except for carbs!" ----- don't you think that your statement is self-contradicting? - a rather hu-uge exception of a whole macronutrient group! ---- which is a proof that the body is NOT "perfectly capable of signalling" (my body always 'signals' me that it wants a snick*#s bar - a 'signal' i have learnt not to pay attention to or if otherwise - to ignore)

5b8cf203186c3cb7810f5046e0532be8

(166)

on August 22, 2012
at 08:13 AM

The snickers signal is your carb addiction. You are build to prefer carbs above fat and proteïn most of the time. If you didn't prefer carbs, which is for Grok equal to fruit in summertime, you didn't have the change to build up a nice layer of fat in your body to raise your changes for winter survival. That's why the hunger systems in your body prevent excessive eating for fat and protein (otherwise you would be overeating the year round) but NOT for carbs. Because you will overeat on carbs, Grok did build up a nice layer of fat before the winter kicks in.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I think to myself snacking is evil, but I'm sure some people have schedules that absolutely require it.

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