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Is the desire to gorge ON CERTAIN FOODS an indicator of anything?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

You know what I mean...when you just want to stuff your face full of something, even when you're not hungry? I used to get this way with cheese & crackers, chips, cold cereal, cookies, etc. and notice it now with nuts & sometimes fruit. I've never felt that with meat or vegetables - I might devour something when I'm really hungry, but never that OMG-this-is-soooo-good-I-can't-stop thing where I keep eating past fullness.

Is there any evidence (anecdotal or otherwise) that gorging is based on something less-than-noble, like a hormone release or inherent desire to store fat, or...?

EDIT for clarification: it's not really a binge, it's just a different feel or attraction to certain foods. It's not cyclical or related to working out; it's just when I eat, say Trader Joe's salty olive oil-laced Marcona almonds or vacuum fried bananas. I'm able to stop, but I don't necessarily want to. It only happens with certain foods - previously fast carbs, now nuts and fruit. Maybe it's because they're so crunchy and salty...

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Is it weird that I gorge on veggies??

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Hi, just saw this. I just boil and peel the egg and then pt sriracha on it as I eat it. If you are feeling ambitious, there are lots of Sriracha deviled eggs recipes online :)

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:50 PM

For me, it's not about "delicious" foods. I've never gorged on absolutely delicious meats like steak or pork chops the way I've gorged on something fairly bland like mashed potatoes. I *love* asparagus, but I've never bought two pounds of it and gone home and eaten in one sitting. (A 2-pound pizza? Lots of times.) Nuts have always been hard to stop eating, and I'm not sure why: maybe, like you say, they're one of the few salty and crunchy foods available. But then I never gorge on pork rinds, no matter how much salty cheese sauce I put on them, so.....it's a mystery.

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:46 PM

you just boil an egg, split in half, and top with sriracha? i have to try that. interesting.

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on December 01, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Ah, and if it does become a problem, I would say avoid carbs and fat together - especially foods that are high carb, high fat, low protein. That is THE recipe for eating over satiety.

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on December 01, 2011
at 05:41 PM

WRT your clarification. I think that is perfectly normal. Delicious foods make you want to eat more of it because it is delicious. It doesn't matter if it is paleo or not. Macadamia nuts, plantain chips, and paleo brownies are very Nomtastic. Your reaction is completely normal....and it is good that you are able to listen to your stomach instead of your mouth. I don't see a problem.

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on November 30, 2011
at 11:36 PM

I like it! If a little's great, a lot HAS to be better! :-))

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828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

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on December 01, 2011
at 05:09 AM

This usually happens to me after 2-5 days of inadvertently not eating enough or working out too much. As protein is so satiating, sometimes all I have all day is a protein shake and a salad. Compounded with all the walking and strength training I do, and my body is just screaming to be fed a few days later. I just go with it and up my eating, and try to stay as clean as possible.....although chocolate always manages to sneak in there.

If you are trying to lose weight may I suggest boiled eggs? You could stuff yourself with 4 or 5 and they are so healthy and low calorie/carb. I like mine with Sriracha. Mmmmm.

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Hi, just saw this. I just boil and peel the egg and then pt sriracha on it as I eat it. If you are feeling ambitious, there are lots of Sriracha deviled eggs recipes online :)

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:46 PM

you just boil an egg, split in half, and top with sriracha? i have to try that. interesting.

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Evidence? Not sure. But I don't think it is crazy to have a craving for something. There is no reason not to believe that the brain can't learn to associate certain foods with certain nutrients. While the "catalog" will vary from conditioning generally I think there is something to craving foods just as there is something to getting sick of certain foods e.g. eggs, milk, cheese, etc. I've experienced cravings and dislikes for most whole foods at one point or another. Still haven't craved a vegetable yet.

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on December 01, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Jessica,

Is this urge happening during your cycle? Hormones could play a big role if so!

If not, you might be deficient in something. I am not a nutritionist, but I do love food. I think about food all the time, even when I am not hungry. Some might think that is a bad thing, but I figure if I am not acting on every urge and impulse, then what is the problem?

I say that if you feel like your body is craving something, listen to it. The longer I eat Paleo style, the more I can tell the subtle changes in my body.

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on November 30, 2011
at 11:23 PM

I can't cite any relevant studies, but I am prepared to offer an out-on-a-limb hypothesis. The desire to gorge as an indicator of Human Nature.

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on November 30, 2011
at 11:36 PM

I like it! If a little's great, a lot HAS to be better! :-))

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 30, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Jessica, the urge to gorge can be anything from perfectly normal to a warning of an incipient eating disorder.

If it doesn't happen often, for example it's not typical of how you eat days and weeks in a row, it can just be an unusual need or temporary deficiency. If you can choose not to, that's another good sign.

If you can't stop yourself, do it frequently, feel guilty afterward but still do it again soon, those are all red flags.

What happens over time is much more important than one eating experience. Variety is normal; obsession and compulsion are not.

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:34 PM

I always have the need to re-feed after 3-4 days, I find as long as I keep fat intake up then I'm better off. Yes, it is still binging if you over consume more calories then you usually would and eating greater amount then 1 portion size.

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on December 01, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Don't worry about all the science the answer is to eat more fat this will release the hormone Leptin which will satisfy your hunger and stop the binges. So go eat an egg, and bacon cooked in ghee and some sauted mushrooms in organic butter and you will feel better in no time! Check out my blog for more info www.modernpaleo.com.au

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