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Are you a snacker?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I know it's a normal (well, common) progression for paleo peeps to end up having only 2 meals a day. I've gone from eating 5 times a day (3 meals, 2 snacks) to now just 3 meals. I like food too much to cut down to 2...as it is my workmates think I'm rude for not joining in at morning tea time.

Just curious what everyone else does. Do you still snack? How many meals are you at now, and how many did you have before you were paleo?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Wow our diets very similar...but you are probably in much better shape. I used to do 6+ meals/day. Now it's typically 2/day and a 24 hour fast once a week followed by a feast

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:13 AM

Nah I don't really mind. It's just their reaction that bothers me!

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:12 AM

Thanks for your reply SustainedFitness. I'm always interested in your posts. I feel 'fat adapted' because I no longer get shaky between meals (or get mind fog). But I still get damn hungry! I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:10 AM

That's awesome!

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:09 AM

(I join them, I just don't eat anything).

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:09 AM

I do join them. Some of them make snide comments though...like 'I just eat what I want!' and look at me. I feel like replying 'well if I really wanted to eat morning tea I would, nothing is stopping me'. But it's not worth it. People get offended when you aren't living the exact same lifestyle that they are.

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:46 PM

You can join your workmates for morning tea time. You don't have to eat or drink anything. I think they want you to socialize with you.

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at 08:49 AM

Wow that sounds awesome. I wish I had your dedication!

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 12, 2013
at 03:09 PM

During the week I just do breakfast (premade frittata) and dinner so I can cook all of my own meals. Lunch time is my time to walk around, work on my blog or just hang out.

Weekends I just kind of do w/e I want...depends on the situation. Yesterday I skipped bfast and had a small lunch all to prep for my 1 pound lamb steak I made for dinner.

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:10 AM

That's awesome!

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:40 PM

I've almost never been a snacker. Even when I subsisted on pasta, hot dogs and mini-baguettes from Costco I tended to get the majority of my calories from 1-1.5 meals per day. In fact, when I first started doing research into better eating, I found it hilariously entertaining that there was a name for what I had always done - intermittent fasting. I only ever did it because I enjoyed the larger meals and it let me spend more time away from the kitchen. What time I did spend in the kitchen I could devote to something a little more self prepared. Thinking back to how I ate (and...uh...how hard I drank...) I wonder if my unconscious IFing was the only thing keeping me afloat.

I've recently tried going out of this zone just to see what's up. I've started with the age old "cottage cheese before bed" schtick. It's nice to get that salty/cheesy flavor at night when typically I would just go without (I actually REALLY like plain CC, lucky me). It certainly hasn't hurt me to reduce my fast by these couple of hours as fat loss has remained visibly apparent, even when attempting to overeat. Musculature appears to me marching right along at a good clip too. Ergo? I think this pre-bed protein snack will stay in my repertoire, at least for now and will be the closest thing to snacking I've done in...years.

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:28 PM

I'm 26 yrs old, male and not trying to lose weight

Lately, I roll with a protein green drink for breakfast, with avo and some greens, probably around about 400-500 cal i guess.

Normal lunch, big dinner (not a feast meal though, i am not a fan of the feeling of a huge gut that results for me), typical paleo snacks if the urge strikes in between and it usually does at least once. (fruit, nuts, hard boiled egg). Often a little sweet snack before bed.

Eating socially is fun, so I feel you on tea time anxiety

No need to miss out on social snacking. Maybe try having a jar of almonds and raisins in your desk or a banana in the fridge. Grab a handful of and munch with friends, rather than feel like a frustrated aesthetic surrounded by biscuits.

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on August 13, 2013
at 08:13 AM

Nah I don't really mind. It's just their reaction that bothers me!

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:48 PM

I personally eat between 1 and 3 times per day. Over the course of a week, about 3 times I will eat just twice a day, and about 3-4 times I will eat 3 times per day, then about once every 7-10 days, I will do a 20-24 hour fast and eat a gigantic meal. I almost never snack, and just eat when I am hungry. I feel that this keeps metabolic flexibility, while still getting some benefits of IF without some of the negatives. If I have to go long periods without eating, it doesn't affect me because I am well adapted to burning my own fat for fuel.

Edit. Prior to paleo, I would eat 5 or 6 times a day at least, and would get irritable if I had to go more than about 2-3 hours without food. Gas station snacks were a regular occurrence.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Wow our diets very similar...but you are probably in much better shape. I used to do 6+ meals/day. Now it's typically 2/day and a 24 hour fast once a week followed by a feast

23fe01308e3320ecf144b47b99a135a4

(149)

on August 13, 2013
at 08:12 AM

Thanks for your reply SustainedFitness. I'm always interested in your posts. I feel 'fat adapted' because I no longer get shaky between meals (or get mind fog). But I still get damn hungry! I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.

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on August 12, 2013
at 06:25 PM

On workdays, which are also the days I work out, I drink coffee with unsalted butter and coconut oil for "breakfast" over the course of several hours and usually eat supper with the fam. Sometimes I am starving before supper is ready and will eat a handful of nuts or some veggies. Days I am not working, I just eat when hungry, consuming anywhere from 1-3 meals. My activities dictate how hungry I get on my days off.

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on August 12, 2013
at 01:39 PM

I can't go a day without breakfast but I can bypass lunch :) I feel weird if I don't eat three meals a day but I also don't want to force myself to eat when I'm not hungry. It also depends on what my meal was. If I don't have a meal with the right amount of fats, protein, and veggies then I'm hungry. But, I have a balanced meal, then I can go throughout the day feeling full and happy :)

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:35 AM

Since starting IF, the number of meals (including snacks, fruit and whatnot) has gone down from six to one or two.. and that hasn't really changed since starting paleo. It takes some getting used to, but once your day doesn't revolve around your regular breakfast anymore, you have all the time in the world to wake up.

Plus, the nightly feasts (meals of 2000kcal) are so worth it.

There's a similar diet plan that's being referred to as the warrior diet. Reviews are mixed, as not eating for a whole day and fasted training can leave you exhausted, and eating so much at once can leave you tired. It works for me though.

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:49 AM

Wow that sounds awesome. I wish I had your dedication!

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