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2 Years Later... Dramatic Change in Cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I began paleo 2 years ago, and can't say enough how much it's positively impacted my life.

However, I've always seemed to do well with a high-fat, high redmeat/eggs and very, very low carbs. I couldn't handle sweet potatoes or even fruit just because of how insulin resistant I was. I could eat a dozen eggs a day, go through massive amount . I felt amazing and looked better than ever. Any time I tried to up carbs for energy sake, I gained weight rapidly and felt the mood effects pretty quickly. I ate 1-2 meals a day, and tended to naturally fall into 8-18 hour fasts.

Recently, I've done a 180. I can't stomach broth, large amounts of coconut oil, and have even lost my appetite for eggs (says the girl who bought 4 dozen a week). My appetite has downsized dramatically, and suddenly I'm able to eat larabars, apples, etc. (infact, not just eat - it's the only thing I crave) in moderation. I prefer chicken and fish to red meat (very strange). Obviously, still avoiding oils/grains.

Could this be because I recently restarted birth control? Or perhaps just because when I started I was in my late-teens, and my body's needs have changed?

Has anyone else had this experience? Should I just go with what my body says, even though it seems so counter intuitive?? Any advice?

Thanks!

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:24 PM

For about 2 weeks. Near the end, eggs & meat just weren't filling me up, and I was eating mass quantitites of both. I started to add carbs in and it regulated my over-eating, and now I can't really stomach either. No - I've always had imbalanced hormones (under-active thyroid/adrenals), I believe my naturopath said in excess of progesterone. I wonder if the estrogen is balancing this..?

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I agree, I would never take it if it wasn't my only option. I'd rather do the IUD or ring, but my insurance doesn't cover either and I can't afford more than birth control! I'll check out that book though - thanks!

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Taking estrogen is bad.

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on October 20, 2012
at 09:22 PM

The birth control would make perfect sense to me, that sounds exactly like what my cravings do the second I get pregnant, and hormonal birth control mimics pregnancy. Where to go from here, I have no idea, other than maybe seek out non-hormonal birth control if the change in cravings seems like it is screwing up the work you've done. Check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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on October 21, 2012
at 12:29 AM

When i started paleo about 18 months ago, i too was very low carb, lots of red meat and eggs, and i felt great and my body transformed for the better (with help from exercise).

However, there were times when i just couldn't stomach the meat for a few days, and i would eat lighter with more fruit, yogurt, or just fasting.

But the most noticeable change was when i started doing serious workouts 3-4x per week. I started to crave more starches and less fat and protein, which i satisfy primarily with sweet potatoes, plantains, and occasional bananas. In my very low carb days, these would have been a cheat and would have halted my weight loss and probably brought on IBS symptoms. However, now they seem to improve my mood and energy and help me to lose girth. I am not sure what the explanation is, could be that i have fixed my metabolism, or that i have lost some fat, or that the exercise requires more carbs.

I have avoided carbs for so long that it is strange to think that i need more, but i have been experimenting with eating more of them and so far have had no ill effects and only positive effects. Another theory is that i was insulin resistant and am no longer... Not sure.

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on October 20, 2012
at 09:09 PM

How long has this change been for? And, since you recently started on birth control, I wonder -- were your hormones otherwise normal (as in a regular menses prior to this)?

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:24 PM

For about 2 weeks. Near the end, eggs & meat just weren't filling me up, and I was eating mass quantitites of both. I started to add carbs in and it regulated my over-eating, and now I can't really stomach either. No - I've always had imbalanced hormones (under-active thyroid/adrenals), I believe my naturopath said in excess of progesterone. I wonder if the estrogen is balancing this..?

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