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Snacking instead of eating big meals?

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Created October 27, 2012 at 6:10 AM

I tend to snack throughout the day, when I feel hungry (regardless of the time of day), instead of eating a specified breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like some days I'll have breakfast and lunch, but no dinner and just a snack later at night. Or I'll skip breakfast, eat a snack for lunch, and snack every few hours until 7pm. Basically, I have very irregular eating patterns. Am I the only one? Is this slowing my metabolism? I'm just finishing up having the carb flu symptoms, coming up on one month of 95% paleo, but haven't started a work out routine yet. Will this impact creating a workout routine?

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on October 30, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Sounds good to me!

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:27 PM

I suppose dairy isn't paleo - I discovered this way of eating from Mark Sisson and the "primal" way, where, if tolerated, full fat unpasteurized dairy is considered acceptable.

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:44 PM

That's exactly how I feel with big meals. I'm just not hungry enough!! And you're right, it's working for me, I'm losing a little bit of weight at a time, and my brain isn't foggy. That's what's important I suppose! Question though, I thought cheese/dairy wasn't paleo?

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:40 PM

'Our ancestors on the plains of East Africa must have been snackers. Their meals were certainly nothing like ours,'' he says. "After all, the more they ate while searching for food, the less they had to carry. So there was no need for the group to gather at specific times each day to eat large meals." http://www.csmonitor.com/1984/1031/103114.html

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:37 PM

And... if you need a citation... http://www.slimming.com/advice/insulin-impact-fat-burning-weight-loss/

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Snacking on simple carbs, like cakes and sugary products, will keep the blood sugar spiking throughout the day. Unfortunately, that's totally against the paleo diet all together. Eating protein rich snacks will keep the body at top energy which prevents insulin from spiking. Totally just googled it. Thanks for the indirect knowledge though!

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on October 28, 2012
at 05:52 AM

Not sure if I agree but I follow your reasoning. Thanks for the explanation.

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on October 28, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Snacking keeps blood sugar elevated whereas a meal will give it a short "spike" and then return to normal - all with the corresponding insulin response. Short-time elevated insulin is harmless (some say beneficient) while it would give you insulin resistance if elevated long-term.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 28, 2012
at 05:07 AM

How on earth could eating fewer larger meals be better for blood sugar regulation than eating several smaller meals?

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:48 PM

"Our ancestors were much more likely to nibble on berries as they found them than have set meal times." Citations, please.

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on October 27, 2012
at 11:58 AM

It is healthier to eat meals with no snacks in between as this will give your digestive system a break. It will limit higher blood sugar (from carbs and protein) to after mealtime and ease the demands on your pancreas. It will also force your body to burn fat (from meals and from the stores on your hips) and limit your hunger, so that you won't mind fasting when there's nothing decent to eat. I also find it makes life easier.

But then, one thing at a time. If you've just changed what you eat, changing when you eat is maybe for another time. If starting a workout routine is what you want to do now, maybe do that first.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 28, 2012
at 05:07 AM

How on earth could eating fewer larger meals be better for blood sugar regulation than eating several smaller meals?

Ff1dbd6cecad1e69a8234fb2c2c5c5ed

(1409)

on October 28, 2012
at 05:40 AM

Snacking keeps blood sugar elevated whereas a meal will give it a short "spike" and then return to normal - all with the corresponding insulin response. Short-time elevated insulin is harmless (some say beneficient) while it would give you insulin resistance if elevated long-term.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 28, 2012
at 05:52 AM

Not sure if I agree but I follow your reasoning. Thanks for the explanation.

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

(10)

on October 29, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Snacking on simple carbs, like cakes and sugary products, will keep the blood sugar spiking throughout the day. Unfortunately, that's totally against the paleo diet all together. Eating protein rich snacks will keep the body at top energy which prevents insulin from spiking. Totally just googled it. Thanks for the indirect knowledge though!

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

(10)

on October 29, 2012
at 06:37 PM

And... if you need a citation... http://www.slimming.com/advice/insulin-impact-fat-burning-weight-loss/

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on October 27, 2012
at 02:07 PM

I snack instead of eating big meals. My body feels better this way and some people may say they don't get hungry between meals, but paleo or not my body feels hungry if I dont do snacks throughout the day. I think it's silly to say its worse for you. Our ancestors were much more likely to nibble on berries as they found them than have set meal times.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 27, 2012
at 08:48 PM

"Our ancestors were much more likely to nibble on berries as they found them than have set meal times." Citations, please.

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

(10)

on October 29, 2012
at 06:40 PM

'Our ancestors on the plains of East Africa must have been snackers. Their meals were certainly nothing like ours,'' he says. "After all, the more they ate while searching for food, the less they had to carry. So there was no need for the group to gather at specific times each day to eat large meals." http://www.csmonitor.com/1984/1031/103114.html

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on October 27, 2012
at 01:54 PM

As long as it works better for you than eating big meals, I think it's perfectly fine.

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7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

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on October 27, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I've been snacking through the day as well- because I haven't felt hungry enough to eat a substantial meal. However, after a week or so of this, I found I was eating HUGE amounts in the evening - I'd make dinner and end up eating 2000+ calories for dinner... on top of around 800-1000 calories of daytime snacking on veg&cheese, chicken, eggs, coconut oil.

I have yet to figure out what works for me obviously!

As long as YOU feel like it's working for you - energy, mental clarity, sleeping good, not losing too much weight (unless that's a goal) etc.. then keep doing what you are doing

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

(10)

on October 30, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Sounds good to me!

20f54a96fbd03d5926946fcbc2dfddc2

(10)

on October 29, 2012
at 06:44 PM

That's exactly how I feel with big meals. I'm just not hungry enough!! And you're right, it's working for me, I'm losing a little bit of weight at a time, and my brain isn't foggy. That's what's important I suppose! Question though, I thought cheese/dairy wasn't paleo?

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 29, 2012
at 08:27 PM

I suppose dairy isn't paleo - I discovered this way of eating from Mark Sisson and the "primal" way, where, if tolerated, full fat unpasteurized dairy is considered acceptable.

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on October 27, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I think you will notice that you don't need to snack once you become more and more fat burning. FWIW, I feel like I've come to a stage where I can have breakfast, lunch, dinner and perhaps a little snack in the evening without actually feeling that hungry at any time of the day.

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