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new to paleo - hungry!

Commented on January 19, 2014
Created January 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I've recently started trying to eat as paleo as possible (easing in slowly) and had a really good day today with my carb/protein/fat ratios hitting 15/20/65...unfortunately this all went downhill when I started getting food cravings at 9pm and ended up eating fruit, nuts and some cereal that was still around. This isn't the first time this has happened either. I tried to ignore the cravings but I didn't feel able to relax or get ready for bed, so I figure it must have been actual hunger.

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong? I thought paleo would lessen my need to snack but I guess not. I'm also running out of ideas for snacks as fruit and nuts seems a bit too easy to overeat, and higher carb. I'd like a high protein snack but currently am only eating fish, eggs and nuts - no meat.

Any advice would be appreciated. I don't want to give up, especially when this way of living seems to make so much sense nutritionally.

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on January 19, 2014
at 10:27 AM

Thanks for your input - sorry to take so long to respond, I've been preoccupied with other things the past week. I'm going to try and introduce some meat and see how it goes. Also up the quantity of veg as I could be having more generous portions of that to help keep me satisfied. I was definitely having plenty of fat when I was logging nutrients (sometimes 70+ in calorie %) so I think it must be protein I need. Thanks for the help :)

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on January 12, 2014
at 07:00 PM

Sleep quality/duration is often overlooked but you apparently leave no stone un-turned. great answer.

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on January 12, 2014
at 12:32 PM

Speaking as someone who was vegan for 4 years and vegetarian 2 years after that before going paleo, I can relate. I know it seems daunting but if you're going to do paleo you really need to try it full on and that includes meat. Your body is probably starved for nutrients (I know mine was), so you're probably not getting enough nutrition from your food. Try eating just a little meat cooked with your veggies to start and slowly up the amount/days you eat it. Try to get the most nutrient dense cuts like grass fed steaks and livers and see how you feel. You can totally do this, it takes time!

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on January 12, 2014
at 08:34 AM

I think that must be the answer cause I'm eating a lot of fat throughout the day and it's not helping. The trouble is I don't know how to do that at breakfast as I'm not eating meat. I used to be vegan before going pescetarian about 3/4 months ago (due to poor health) and I only started paleo in January, so it's a big jump to be considering meat again. I'm not sure if I'm ready, my mind is still ambivalent ethically (although totally on board nutritionally) but I'm also not sure how to be satisfied on paleo without it...?

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on January 11, 2014
at 10:19 PM

Thanks for your reply. Usually I have an omelette with 2 eggs and some vegetables like kale and mushrooms, cooked in a generous amount of olive oil. Ended up eating some mango afterwards today though as it didn't seem enough. I do notice that when I'm more active the hunger isn't as bad, but I lack the motivation at times. Also, the evening is when I tend to be sitting around and that is always dangerous!

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on January 12, 2014
at 12:23 PM

The problem is probably that you're only eating fish, eggs and nuts. Why aren't you eating meat? What type of fish are you eating...is it the good fatty kind like wild salmon, trout, mackerel and herring or the so so kind like tilapia, sole etc. I find without meat in my diet I am always starving, even if I load up on other foods.

If you have enough food at your meal times (breakfast, lunch and dinner) you really shouldn't even need or crave any snacks. Try having a bigger breakfast like 3 eggs with veggies cooked in some butter, some meat like steak and some avocado. Lots of fat/protein helps me loads. I include nutrient dense organ meats like grass fed beef liver that keeps me satiated all day sometimes!

Also what is your sleep like? Make sure you're getting a solid sleep every night -- not getting enough can make you hungrier because your body is looking for fuel. If you find that you're feeling 'hungry', I've found a tablespoon of coconut oil or butter can be a quick fix.

Are you working out? If so you may need to up your carbs a little in the form is good starches like sweet potato following a tough workout.

Perhaps your 'hunger' is simply thirst or boredom? Are you sure it's hunger? Try waiting 20 mins or getting out and doing something. Sometimes listening to our bodies is easier said than done.

It's hard to give you specific advice because I don't know your history, weight, athletic abilities/goals, daily menu, activity level etc etc. Paleo is really something everyone tweaks depending on their goals and lifestyle, and since everyone is different you'll see people offering different advice based in what's worked for them. Self experimentation is really key in finding out what works best for your body!

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on January 12, 2014
at 07:00 PM

Sleep quality/duration is often overlooked but you apparently leave no stone un-turned. great answer.

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on January 19, 2014
at 10:27 AM

Thanks for your input - sorry to take so long to respond, I've been preoccupied with other things the past week. I'm going to try and introduce some meat and see how it goes. Also up the quantity of veg as I could be having more generous portions of that to help keep me satisfied. I was definitely having plenty of fat when I was logging nutrients (sometimes 70+ in calorie %) so I think it must be protein I need. Thanks for the help :)

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on January 12, 2014
at 12:51 AM

I would add some more protein. In my experience, it keeps me full even longer than fat. Fat is definitely necessary, but it seems as though your protein ratio is a little low.

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on January 12, 2014
at 12:32 PM

Speaking as someone who was vegan for 4 years and vegetarian 2 years after that before going paleo, I can relate. I know it seems daunting but if you're going to do paleo you really need to try it full on and that includes meat. Your body is probably starved for nutrients (I know mine was), so you're probably not getting enough nutrition from your food. Try eating just a little meat cooked with your veggies to start and slowly up the amount/days you eat it. Try to get the most nutrient dense cuts like grass fed steaks and livers and see how you feel. You can totally do this, it takes time!

7a5758fd7e2efe4f99f644f7e46a0e8b

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on January 12, 2014
at 08:34 AM

I think that must be the answer cause I'm eating a lot of fat throughout the day and it's not helping. The trouble is I don't know how to do that at breakfast as I'm not eating meat. I used to be vegan before going pescetarian about 3/4 months ago (due to poor health) and I only started paleo in January, so it's a big jump to be considering meat again. I'm not sure if I'm ready, my mind is still ambivalent ethically (although totally on board nutritionally) but I'm also not sure how to be satisfied on paleo without it...?

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on January 11, 2014
at 08:01 PM

What's your breakfast like? I find that if I skimp on breakfast, I snack more and tend to eat more at night. If I make sure I have plenty of fat during breakfast, I'm setting myself up for a successful rest of the day. Exercise helps too. If I feel hungry, but I've eaten plenty already, I'll do some pushups and situps with my exercise ball. Or I'll drink some water with lemon. My usual breakfast is eggs fried in bacon fat, bacon, coupe of slices of avocado and some fresh berries, with black coffee or tea.

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on January 11, 2014
at 10:19 PM

Thanks for your reply. Usually I have an omelette with 2 eggs and some vegetables like kale and mushrooms, cooked in a generous amount of olive oil. Ended up eating some mango afterwards today though as it didn't seem enough. I do notice that when I'm more active the hunger isn't as bad, but I lack the motivation at times. Also, the evening is when I tend to be sitting around and that is always dangerous!

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