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I'm having a hard time adapting after 3 weeks. Any advice?

Answered on April 26, 2016
Created April 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Hello,

I've been eating paleo for 3 weeks now. Or almost paleo...I am slowly weaning myself off of certain food groups. I'm 5'3" and weigh 165 lbs (75.5kg) Basically I did: -No grains from the start -No dairy except for full fat plain greek yogurt in the morning -No legumes, but use wheat free soy sauce for cooking (haven't found coconut aminos yet in Ottawa, I will soon) -No sugar but occasional honey or maple syrup

Cutting sugar and dairy is really hard at the moment. I was eating paleo granola made with a bit of maple syrup, but I decided not to remake it since it was feeding my sugar obsession.

Every morning I have a small bowl of yogurt with honey and walnuts. I recently transitioned to a chopped up strawberry and walnuts; I think the plain yogurt is terrible without any sugar.

This is what I do the rest of the day: -Take some vitamins (A+D, Omega-3, some liver vitamins from my homeopath)

-Bike 30 minutes to work

-Tea at 10 (green, black decaf, sometimes regular black stuff)

-Lunch, usually leftovers or some type of salad. For example, spinach salad +chicken with tomato and avocado, a piece of fruit (or small amount of berries most likely), some small amount of beef jerky or almonds. Take a vitamin B complex.

-Snack around 3:30 because I'm famished - carrots with almond butter (only if no almonds at lunch), cherry tomatoes, or sunflower seeds. Sometimes another light tea (no caffeine).

-Bike home, and eat something when I arrive. This is when I would have a handful of that granola, but now I've been having a few slices of salami.

-Prep supper, usually something like beef and broccoli, chicken with greens, shrimp and cauli rice, etc. Eat around 7:30. Am famished for a snack at 9..sometimes I give in with kale chips, sometimes I don't. No more fruit after supper either.

I cook with coconut oil or sometimes ghee. It seems like I salt a lot of the meat for meals, but I'm not used to preparing from raw. I put oils on everything. Other than that the cravings for sugar and baked goods are off the scale! I could eat a whole pastry shop.

Why am I still so hungry? I feel like crap, and if I don't have my morning yogurt my day is completely off and my skin feels all weird. Am I just in the irritable phase and it will get better? I haven't lost any weight or inches, and my digestive system has either caused diarrhea or constipation.

Please tell me this is worth it!

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 21, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Meals aren't the problem...it's the time between meals.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on April 19, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Great thanks! I was afraid that all fruit were high glycemic-ly, but since I mostly eat berries I guess I'm good. Bananas or oranges once in a while, bananas mostly in baking with eggs. I cook everything with coconut oil and drizzle with avocado oil :) I'll try to eat more fat snacks, like coconut oil with cacao powder.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on April 19, 2013
at 11:06 PM

Thanks! I feel like I eat a lot of beef compared to before (when I would just eat it at restaurants). I have probably two beef suppers a week, and similarly two beef lunches. I don't like fish unfortunately, which is why I take omega supplements. I eat a sweet potato with supper every few days. I'll try to up everything! It's hard with conflicting info (not loosing weight because of too many carbs, not enough carbs, etc!). Our sweet potatoes are the orange coloured ones in Canada, are those yams in the USA? I guess I'm kind of at a loss sometimes since I no longer eat 4-6 servings of fruit.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on April 19, 2013
at 11:01 PM

All sorts of stuff, but mostly pizza, pasta, rice, chicken and shrimp, and little beef. Lots of sugar too! Like 6 servings of fruit a day, plus candy snacks or ice cream after supper.

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on April 19, 2013
at 08:35 PM

That sounded like very little food to me as well. Personally, I didn't feel awesome until steak and eggs, with a potato became my go to breakfast foods. You could put Greek Yogurt on the potato to get your yogurt fix too. For me at least a big ass breakfast is the key to not being overly hungry for the rest of the day.

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on April 19, 2013
at 07:21 PM

What were you eating before?

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 19, 2013
at 07:27 PM

You aren't eating enough. I know that's said often on PH, but really: you're not eating enough.

Breakfast - there's nothing wrong with a bit of yogurt if you can handle dairy. Consider that the "side" to your main breakfast dish. Consider eggs and cooked vegetables.

Lunch + Dinner - stop it with the lean chicken and the super lean seafood! Try to primarily consume ruminants (cow, lamb, goat, elk, etc) and seafood (not just shrimp, but all kinds - salmon is a favorite). Chicken is fine, but consider it a "sometimes food". Same with pork. Compared to red meat or fish, they just aren't as awesome (but aren't inherently bad either).

Overall: I see no mention of roots, tubers, or dense veggies? Get some sweet potatoes, potatoes, true yams, cassava, squashes of all sorts, beets, parsnips, carrots, etc in your diet ASAP. Are you trying to eat low carb? If not, you should not be avoiding these foods. If you are, and you feel like shit because of it, consider the experiment over, and get back to eating the above foods. :-)

Paleo is worth it. Not all paleo is low carb. No paleo uses only super-lean meats.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 19, 2013
at 08:35 PM

That sounded like very little food to me as well. Personally, I didn't feel awesome until steak and eggs, with a potato became my go to breakfast foods. You could put Greek Yogurt on the potato to get your yogurt fix too. For me at least a big ass breakfast is the key to not being overly hungry for the rest of the day.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on April 19, 2013
at 11:06 PM

Thanks! I feel like I eat a lot of beef compared to before (when I would just eat it at restaurants). I have probably two beef suppers a week, and similarly two beef lunches. I don't like fish unfortunately, which is why I take omega supplements. I eat a sweet potato with supper every few days. I'll try to up everything! It's hard with conflicting info (not loosing weight because of too many carbs, not enough carbs, etc!). Our sweet potatoes are the orange coloured ones in Canada, are those yams in the USA? I guess I'm kind of at a loss sometimes since I no longer eat 4-6 servings of fruit.

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on April 26, 2016
at 10:29 AM

First thing is that you must start drinking luke warm water in the morning that to empty stomach that is a good habbit. You can eat haevy breakfast and lunch but avoid putting much oil in dinner and take light dinner.

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on January 16, 2016
at 01:17 AM

You might need to increase your carb intake.  Try eating some potatoes when you are hungry.  Just 1-3 plain baked potatoes, cooked in the microwave.  They fill you up without adding very many calories, as long as you don't add anything to them. 

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on May 19, 2013
at 12:26 PM

I have just began to eat paleo, but I think you're having such a hard time because you aren't eating enough there are amazing recipies I have found on pintrest. Go to pintrest type in paleo and your problems will be solved!

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 21, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Meals aren't the problem...it's the time between meals.

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on April 19, 2013
at 08:23 PM

Add more veggies cooked with coconut oil, butter or ghee and put more on top. Fat will help satisfy your appetite and add more essential nutrients.

Most fruits (especially high glycemic) trigger my hunger. I'm OK with lower glycemic fruits (berries, melon) served with fat (berries with coconut milk or full fat yogurt).

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on April 19, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Great thanks! I was afraid that all fruit were high glycemic-ly, but since I mostly eat berries I guess I'm good. Bananas or oranges once in a while, bananas mostly in baking with eggs. I cook everything with coconut oil and drizzle with avocado oil :) I'll try to eat more fat snacks, like coconut oil with cacao powder.

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