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Newbie Paleo dieter...Help?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 01, 2012 at 7:34 AM

So I started the paleo diet a few days ago and lately I've been feeling really tired and empty. Even though I'm eating a significant amount of protein, I still feel unsatisfied (I'm no longer hungry but I don't feel like there is anything in my stomach!

Also, I went to the grocery store today with my family and walking through the snack aisle was mentally painful. Before Paleo I ate a ton of breads, popcorn, ice cream, cookies, etc. It has only been a few days but I feel myself cracking! I want to eat those foods SO badly...

I'm 5'7" 18 year old female, currently 145 pounds wanting to get down to 130.

Can you please share your experience when you first started eating Paleo? Also, can you please share how you managed to overcome cravings and temptations?

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on January 31, 2014
at 07:47 PM

+1. You really do start to enjoy the feeling of not being full.

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on August 01, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Looks perfect to me! Maybe lower the nut intake and instead of that handful of nuts, do the other half of the avocado! Don't be afraid of fat- it is very satiating. Maybe add coconut oil to your steamed veggies at dinner. Lastly you could also add in some starch like sweet potato into your steamed veggie mix. I think if you add a little more fat and tune down the nuts you will be great!! Everything looks solid right now just making tiny tweaks. And as the others have said, you are withdrawing. Just hold on and remember why you have decided to eat whole foods!!

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on August 01, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Breakfast: Two egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms, ham, and onions. Snack: Smoothie made of coconut milk, strawberries, blueberries, and a banana Lunch: Asian Chicken Salad (romaine lettuce, chicken breast, almond slivers, mandarin oranges, and light asian ginger dressing) Snack: A handful of almonds Dinner: Tilapia/some kind of meat or fish with steamed veggies and half an avocado.

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on August 01, 2012
at 09:07 AM

This is totally normal. Go check out the Whole30 program on the Whole9 website or Mark Sisson's Daily Apple site and they explain how you will likely feel as you body adjusts to the new fuel source. It helps to know that things get better after the initial carb-withdrawal phase!

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on August 01, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Your body is having withdrawal symptoms. I had the same in my first week, half way through the second week my energy levels went through the roof! Only in my fourth week now and i've lost 14lbs and no longer have any withdrawal symptoms. Get thought the first week and try to enjoy all the lovely food you probably never tasted properly before.

Good Luck x

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on August 01, 2012
at 10:23 AM

I agree with the other comment, but also you have to remember that your body is detoxing from all of the carbs and junk you have been putting in it. Like quitting herion, your body will not let you do it without a fight! Stick with it! It will get better. The cravings will subside eventually as long as you don't give in to them.

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on February 03, 2014
at 05:58 PM

I went paleo January 1st and I know all to well what the empty belly feeling feels like. Stick with it because that's the feeling of not being over stuffed with carbs and grains that expand in your stomach. If you are having a very hard time adjusting then add a little rice to your diet. It will expand in your belly after you eat it and give you that same feeling you are missing. My best advice though is to just stick it out and soon enough that over stuffed feeling will be something that disgusts you and makes you need a nap.

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on January 31, 2014
at 11:23 PM

Grab some unflavored gelatin (grass fed is best, but the plain old stuff at the store will work). Before breakfast dissolve it and drink it. It will keep you full for hours (but still eat a good breakfast). Also, it just takes some time to feel better when starting paleo. It's known as the low carb flu and I thought I was going to die, but once you get past it, you feel great. To avoid eating SAD crap, just read the ingredient labels. Yuck. You will think twice before sticking that crap in your mouth.

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on January 31, 2014
at 07:42 PM

You say you're eating a lot of protein, but the body can't run on just protein. Are you eating healthy fats like olive oil, grassfed tallow, pastured lard, nuts, coconut oil, coconut butter (coconut oil is just the fat extracted from coconuts, coconut butter [aka coconut cream concentrate] is made from pureed coconut pulp) avocados, rendered duck fat, and grassfed bone marrow? Are you eating safe starches like sweet potatoes, yams, bananas, apples, yucca, cassava, plantain, and taro? Not eating enough of either can cause fatigue. additionally, are you getting enough calories? Find out how many calories you need, then find out how many calories you're getting. You'd be surprised how many calories you burn and are needed, and fatigue can be a sign that you're not getting enough calories. As for the cravings for SAD foods, withdrawal is part of the detoxification and eventually you won't miss them. Think about how healthy you'll be instead when you don't eat SAD garbage. Instead of coveting SAD snacks, try out a new fruit or vegetable or cut of meat you've never tried before. It will give you some novelty and distraction from SAD cravings, and be a lot healthier. Read paleo blogs, books, and cookbooks for recipe inspiration. Eventually you'll get into the swing of eating paleo. Not eating grains or legumes or refined sugar may feel at first like you've had a big door slammed shut in your face, but then lots of little doors open up to ingredients and recipes you never knew existed when you were on the SAD diet. Good luck and kudos on your decision to go paleo!

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on January 31, 2014
at 07:07 PM

Bombard yourself! Those sugar and starch cravings will go away after a few weeks but in the meantime, read everything you can on the Paleo life. Strengthen your resolve by listening to podcasts, rummaging around Paleo websites and educating yourself on the dangers of high carb, low fat diets. Now is also a great time to refocus your energy on cleaning out your attic or basement or even your closet. Blog about your feelings, kill zombies on your gameboy, paint a caveman style painting. Focus your brain away from the kitchen and your stomach will follow.

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on August 01, 2012
at 10:48 AM

I craved sugar, bad. It was pretty close to a ex-smoker being near smokers after just having quit. It passed, quit quickly, few weeks really. Cant really say how I overcome it, I kinda needed to for health reasons, but you get thru it pretty quick..

As for not feeling theres anything in your stomach - pretty soon you grow to associate being full with being full, instead of having pain in your stomach from loads of swelling carbs stretching them out. I really enjoy not having that sensation anymore.

Just stick with it - make paleo food, as decadant as you can manage within your ruleset, while your struggling. Have the odd paleo treat, some berries or fruit, or some nuts, or a beautiful meat dish. Just remember not to get stuck in a pattern of comfort eating, or overdoing the nuts etc, once you get through your sugar/carb cravings.

Look up some simple recipes online. Get inspired and positive about what you CAN eat. (for eg you can eat yummy fatty food and meats). Make a roast, crispy chicken, go mad on coconuts/coconut milk. Whatever rings your bell.

As much as you might glance over your shoulder with jelousy now, CW dieter people will still be doing the same with your meals long after its passed! ;P

Its always easier to focus on positives than negatives when quiting. Remember your health or weight loss goals! Get into other aspects of the lifestyle!

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on January 31, 2014
at 07:47 PM

+1. You really do start to enjoy the feeling of not being full.

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on August 01, 2012
at 07:54 AM

Hi there! Congratulations on starting Paleo! To help you with yPur cravings can you tell me a day of eating you've been doing? Then I can help!! You may need to up carbs, fat, or cals, it all depends.

For me, when I first started paleo what really helped me was having read The Paleo Solution and the Perfect Health Diet. These both explained to me why eating wheat is so toxic to our bodies and the correct approach to eating "paleo" to keep us satiated. (you can not be afraid of fat). As soon as I learned to except the right fat and sources of carbs, I felt amazing. (it takes more than a few days too, so hold on there!!!). My physical appearance has changed dramatically-- while last year I had to worko out crazy to maintain body comp this year I work out for pleasure and i look better!! Internally, I feel amazing too. After a few months on paleo if I eat somethig that doesn't agree with me accidentally my body is so attuned it tells right away and tries to get it out.

So just remember why you are doing this. Because you want to feel good and be a healthy and vibrant self for the rest of your life. You want good health: paleo will bring this when done the right way!

Give me your eating and I can help more!

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on August 01, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Breakfast: Two egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms, ham, and onions. Snack: Smoothie made of coconut milk, strawberries, blueberries, and a banana Lunch: Asian Chicken Salad (romaine lettuce, chicken breast, almond slivers, mandarin oranges, and light asian ginger dressing) Snack: A handful of almonds Dinner: Tilapia/some kind of meat or fish with steamed veggies and half an avocado.

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on August 01, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Looks perfect to me! Maybe lower the nut intake and instead of that handful of nuts, do the other half of the avocado! Don't be afraid of fat- it is very satiating. Maybe add coconut oil to your steamed veggies at dinner. Lastly you could also add in some starch like sweet potato into your steamed veggie mix. I think if you add a little more fat and tune down the nuts you will be great!! Everything looks solid right now just making tiny tweaks. And as the others have said, you are withdrawing. Just hold on and remember why you have decided to eat whole foods!!

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