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 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!
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.
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.