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I'm brand new to paleo and would love any tips. I'm finding it difficult.

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Created June 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

And I'm very hungry!!!

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:48 AM

That day's food you described would (minus the lentils) would barely qualify for a single meal ... definitely agree with the rest of the comments, you're not getting enough protein and fat (and not enough food for that matter) ...

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on June 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

@Njbeachmom - You may not lose as much weight initially, but to keep you from binging on "bad stuff", eat until you don't want to anymore. You'll find that as the cravings for sweets and snacks diminish, so will your drive to eat more. You are suffering from a lifetime of frequent eating/snacking, and that's the first thing that has to break to find success with weightloss.

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on June 13, 2012
at 09:08 PM

all I know is that when I eat enough protein at every meal (30 grams) and some good fat, I am NEVER hungry. I kinda suspect you are not eating enough protein.

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on June 13, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Not enough protein. Not nearly enough. Meat/fish/eggs should be featured at every meal. Then veggies. Then anything else (fruit/nuts/tubers) that fit in with your goals. Some people here eat lentils occaisionally, but as a legume, they are not considered orthodox paleo. Eat more. Read Mark Sisson's blog and/or Robb Wolf's as starting points.

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on June 13, 2012
at 08:35 PM

"If you are still hungry, you didn't eat enough meat." - J. Stanton (quote or paraphrase) Protein (and maybe fat) kills hunger - eat enough to be satisfied.

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Why the lentils? They're 'not paleo'

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I believe if you added the calories of an egg(60 per egg) and an avocado(oh I don't know...200?), you're at 260+ calories. Aim for 2600, or something. You need to eat girl!

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

I'm sure a good bit of it is I'm craving sweets!

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Here has been my day so far Breakfast. Black coffee Steamed lentils. Hard boiled egg. Lunch. Whole raw avocado. Almonds Snacks Fresh peach Water

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Why are you hungry? Are you eating enough? What exactly are you eating?

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I've heard the same thing. If you're truly hungry, you'll eat a bowl of steamed broccoli if it's available. If not, you're probably just wanting sweets. :-/

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Many people find they lose weight when switching to a whole food type diet (i.e., eliminating processed/engineered crap) even without purposefully restricting their calories. Even if you don't, I think it's worth it to first give yourself time to adapt to the new foods and then you can look at strategies for losing weight: http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight and, welcome and good luck!

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:28 PM

What exactly seems difficult to you & what are your goals?

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:24 PM

Thank you. Will I actually lose weight eating more? So new to this. Thanks

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Are you hungry because you: A. Are really craving bread/sweets? B. did not eat enough protein and fats? C. Or did not drink enough water and feel a little dehydrated?

The test someone told me about was if I was really hungry, eat 6oz of steak, if not appetizing, not really hungry, just a craving.

Stick with it for 30 days, you'll thank yourself.

6c2a831aa13a43e603280036b81a9cd5

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on June 13, 2012
at 07:25 PM

I'm sure a good bit of it is I'm craving sweets!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I've heard the same thing. If you're truly hungry, you'll eat a bowl of steamed broccoli if it's available. If not, you're probably just wanting sweets. :-/

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 13, 2012
at 08:35 PM

"If you are still hungry, you didn't eat enough meat." - J. Stanton (quote or paraphrase) Protein (and maybe fat) kills hunger - eat enough to be satisfied.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:43 PM

EAT MORE FOOD! It is not a calorie restricted program. You restrict certain foods but eat liberally from the approved foods. There is no reason to be hungry. Ever. Good luck.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I recommend reading The Primal Blueprint to build a foundational knowledge-base on why eating paleo/primal is the best for achieving optimal health. It's not necessary, but it helped me understand the WHY of it. Then, take advantage of the zillions (okay, not zillions), but many blogs and websites dedicated to a paleo lifestyle.

It took a year of my friends convincing me to eat paleo (was a vegetarian/vegan and a 5-day a week cardio junky) before I took the plunge. After a week, I knew it was a life-changing thing for me. Take it slow, get educated and don't pile pressure on yourself. It takes a while to get out of the SAD (Standard American Diet) weight-loss mindset (low-fat, calorie counting, etc). Just be patient with yourself and try not to focus too much on the numbers (the scale, especially).

Maybe start off with trying the Whole30, that will give you some structure: http://whole9life.com/2012/01/whole-30-v2012/

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Eat more. Especially when you're starting out, let yourself eat to satiety. Meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables. Eat some fully fat dairy if you'd like to include it. Don't try to go through the transition while you're hungry.

6c2a831aa13a43e603280036b81a9cd5

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:24 PM

Thank you. Will I actually lose weight eating more? So new to this. Thanks

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 13, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Many people find they lose weight when switching to a whole food type diet (i.e., eliminating processed/engineered crap) even without purposefully restricting their calories. Even if you don't, I think it's worth it to first give yourself time to adapt to the new foods and then you can look at strategies for losing weight: http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight and, welcome and good luck!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

@Njbeachmom - You may not lose as much weight initially, but to keep you from binging on "bad stuff", eat until you don't want to anymore. You'll find that as the cravings for sweets and snacks diminish, so will your drive to eat more. You are suffering from a lifetime of frequent eating/snacking, and that's the first thing that has to break to find success with weightloss.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Bacon..needs 15 characters...side of bacon with the bacon

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:40 PM

You need to change your eating patterns. Your weight loss will be quicker and easier if you eat healthier but that isn't really what this is about.

You should be eating smaller meals more often. You don't necessarily need to cut down your total calorie intake but you do need to spread it out over a longer period of time. Instead of those three meals, divide you food intake into at least five and preferably six smaller meals spread out over the course of the day. Exactly when you eat them should be determined by when you get hungry. Don't eat if you aren't hungry, but don't let yourself get famished.

Eliminate as much stress as you can from your life. The largest factor that causes you to eat when you aren't hungry is stress. Eating releases chemicals in your body that make you feel better. By eliminating the stress you will be eliminating the need that your body has to feel better through eating.

http://www.rosebudmag.com/health-fitness/eating-for-energy-food-weight-loss-workouts

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on June 13, 2012
at 06:06 PM

My solution for myself is to eat more fat--a little coconut oil in my coffee in the morning helps me. If I don't eat fat then I'm confronted with the "am I really hungry?" question way too often.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Though dairy is not technically Paleo- it really helps me and I'd suggest it if you can tolerate dairy (I do fine with it) I make my own yoghurt from raw milk that comes from grass fed cows or buy full-fat plain Sheep's milk yoghurt from Whole Foods. It really helps me stick to being otherwise 100% Paleo.
If I am just eating meat, sweet potatoes and veggies, even with generous amounts of ghee and coconut oil and fish oil I always feel deprived and never really full. Adding some yogurt in there makes me feel 100% better.

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on June 14, 2012
at 02:43 AM

If you're "very hungry" all the time, you are, as they say, doing it wrong! Eat more, especially fat and protein. I've lost 35+ lbs in about 8 months -- slow and steady for the most part. Never count calories or measure portions, though I do tend to favor lower-carb choices over higher-carb, and that makes a difference I think. But the only time I'm hungry is right before a big, delicious meal!

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Find all the safe Paleo foods you love and eat those, lots and lots of them. It's only limiting when we look at what we're not eating. Good luck.

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:01 AM

If it's not calorie restricted, why so many Paleos portion, measure and count calories? I have been on for about a week and a half and I can't, for the life of me, eat portioned-I eat when I want to. I'd love to lose weight-40 lbs. would be great! I don't see that happening so far, but I do have dermatitis on my scalp so coconut oil has been a great help.

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on June 13, 2012
at 11:59 PM

If youre very hungry then eat!!! Eat as much healthy food as you want! Also, you will get over the "struggling" phase when you realize you are not really missing out on anything, cravings will pass.

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6c2a831aa13a43e603280036b81a9cd5

on June 13, 2012
at 05:32 PM

This is Day 2 for me. I have about 5-8lbs to get to my goal weight, so not a whole lot to lose. I'm doing this more for health reasons, especially since I've heard it helps with psoriasis, which I have.

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on June 13, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I am only into this for a couple months and I also suggest eat til you are full. Do you have weight loss goals or are you eating paleo solely for the overall health benefits? If your weight isn't a problem, maybe eat more fruits and nuts to stave off hunger. What are your meals like? Are you eating lots of vegetables? They keep me pretty full. What are your proteins? How long have you been eating paleo?

Don't give up it gets easier and you will feel better!

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