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    Hi there,
    I am not eating any flour, sugar, and etoh. Just trying to eat primal, animal proteins, fats, veggies...etc.
    I am finding that I am hungry all the time... I am on day 4.. will this pass??
    I am also tired...
    Thanks for reading
    Kim

  • #2
    Are you eating enough food?
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      Hi there,
      I have the same starting stats as you... I am on day 4.
      I am eating 2 eggs, 2 Trader Joe's Bacon 1/2 pc Ezekiel Bread,butter, snacks are cheese, chicken, sausage w/ some veggies, lunch is 4 to 6 oz of protein, 1 TBSP fat, 4 to 6 oz of veggies, some fruit.. maybe I am not eating enough??

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      • #4
        Plug it into a calculator and count those calories, for awhile at least. Once you get the hang of what a day's worth of food will usually look like, it gets more natural and easy.
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Hi there,
          I am putting it into the fitday ..logging everything in..so according to Mark's suggestions in the book for my weight p/f/cho ratios to loose... I am ok.. maybe I should up it a little?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by klh39v View Post
            Hi there,
            I have the same starting stats as you... I am on day 4.
            I am eating 2 eggs, 2 Trader Joe's Bacon 1/2 pc Ezekiel Bread,butter, snacks are cheese, chicken, sausage w/ some veggies, lunch is 4 to 6 oz of protein, 1 TBSP fat, 4 to 6 oz of veggies, some fruit.. maybe I am not eating enough??
            The two main meals quoted sound fine. But do you have no dinner? You have also got some snacks there, but the quantities aren't given and whether they'd make up for skipping dinner (if you do) ...

            If you're feeling hungry, then that in itself suggests you're not eating enough.

            The tiredness could be an effect of having less carbohydrate than you're used to. If so, that should pass as you get better at using fat for fuel. You could ease in slower by temporarily adding a little more fruit or some starch in the form of say sweet potato. Staying hydrated and making sure you have enough salt (and probably magnesium and potassium, too) seems to help the transition to low carb, as explained here:

            The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt II » The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

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            • #7
              Hi Lewis,
              I am eating Lunch and dinner... 4 to 6 oz of veggies, 6 oz protein, 1 TBSP fat, and 2 oz of fruit. For snacks I will have 1 oz of cheese and some veggies.. maybe a red pepper cut up in slices, 1 chicken leg ( medium sized ) w/ veggies, 2 oz of hamburg w/ veggies.. today I had 2 TBSP almond butter and 2 celery sticks... it was not enough for me.. I need the animal protein...I also have a snack at bedtime ( what I listed ).. I am also eating about a half of a sweet potato or maybe 1 /4 cup of quinoa that has been soaked.. but those are the only grains I eat...

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              • #8
                I can vouch for more protein (and, of course, fat), personally. This all got a whole lot easier when I increased my meat per day. Yesterday I ate a pound of bacon and four eggs, a little frozen spinach cooked in the oil to soak it up, and a cup of coconut milk in my coffee. A little dark chocolate and some nuts rounded it all out - and I did steal an apple in the alleyway by my work. I usually put bone broth in with the spinach/veggies, but we're moving - so you know, everything is chaos.
                Crohn's, doing SCD

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by klh39v View Post
                  Hi Lewis,
                  I am eating Lunch and dinner... 4 to 6 oz of veggies, 6 oz protein, 1 TBSP fat, and 2 oz of fruit. For snacks I will have 1 oz of cheese and some veggies.. maybe a red pepper cut up in slices, 1 chicken leg ( medium sized ) w/ veggies, 2 oz of hamburg w/ veggies.. today I had 2 TBSP almond butter and 2 celery sticks... it was not enough for me.. I need the animal protein...I also have a snack at bedtime ( what I listed ).. I am also eating about a half of a sweet potato or maybe 1 /4 cup of quinoa that has been soaked.. but those are the only grains I eat...
                  Hi,

                  I doesn't sound like you're under-eating. I guess sbhikes and knifegill and I wondered a bit, since there are people on the boards here who don't eat much at all.

                  See what fitday indicates you're getting as you're using that. I wouldn't let yourself go hungry, if it's all good primal food then I'd eat enough to feel satisfied.

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                  • #10
                    I was always hungry for the the first week or so... it passed. If I have one of those days now I just up my fat intake a bit. I don't really track what I eat and portion sizes, I just eat when I am hungry, if I can. I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting lately too. I wouldn't suggest that for you until you are fat adapted. A month or so... maybe, that's how long it took me. Even if you are doing this to lose weight I would suggest not limiting you primal food intake for a couple weeks just get used to eating lots of meat fat and veggies. My first few weeks I ate meat, fish, eggs, nuts, and veggies. That's pretty much it. Keep it simple for now. Later on I added in some fruit, potatoes, and dairy. Good luck!

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                    • #11
                      When I first started this lifestyle I would typically eat in a day:

                      2 scrambled eggs & uncured bacon or sausage and a vitamin taken with about 2 oz uns. Grapefruit juice
                      (if I was rushing out the door or was out of eggs, etc, I would grab a Krystal low carb scrambler, not primal but will do.)

                      Morning snack could be olives and cheese, very filling and delish. Drink loads of filtered water thru out the day.. pre-cut celery or carrot sticks, bell pepper is good with org ranch, apple slices with nut butter.

                      Lunch is a great time for a huge salad with every org veg you can find, avocado slices over it, grilled chicken, green tea. (if you're out and have a Zaxby's, they make a good grilled chicken salad, toss bread out the window to hungry birds.

                      Evening is a great time to grill a juicy steak, chops, any meat you can eat then and save more for later meals, or have meat cooking away all day in a crock pot. Add grilled eggplant, asparagus, squash, sauté spinach, roast broccoli & cauliflower, sweet potatoes.

                      I found eating very low carb for breakfast totally took the hunger pains away. Save some carbs like a half pc of fruit or some honey in chamomile tea for nighttime for a good night's sleep.

                      Also, do any form of exercise you can handle. Walking is the easiest and it will help with good sleep. I love shovelglove, found it on here, look up Tim's shovelglove 101, so much fun. If you can, join your local YWCA/YMCA, it's cheap and will bring a lot of pleasure and new relationships to your life.

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                      • #12
                        Keep macadamia nuts with you..
                        dark chocolate, cream over strawberries for dessert
                        Hard boiled eggs, little bit of avocado oil, sea salt and org pepper, very yummy!
                        Cucumber slices with dab of cream cheese on top~
                        Stuffed mushrooms are wonderful.

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                        • #13
                          Keep macadamia nuts with you..
                          dark chocolate, cream over strawberries for dessert
                          Hard boiled eggs, little bit of avocado oil, sea salt and org pepper, very yummy!
                          Cucumber slices with dab of cream cheese on top~
                          Stuffed mushrooms are wonderful.
                          These are fine for transitioning, but once you are fat adapted (I feel strongly) it's important to get away from dairy entirely (inflammation, potential for hormone problems, bloating, etc.), and to greatly restrict nut consumption to maybe one or two days a week. Everybody is different, but I finally got lean by cutting the cow juice and stopping snacking entirely. That was months after becoming a fat burner, and I DID use nuts, dairy and snacking as crutches to make the change initially. But it kept me from losing weight in the long run, so I did a whole 30, played with ketosis, and POW, now I know what works for me. You are not me, but I still encourage you to experiment eventually, once you know you are ready.
                          Crohn's, doing SCD

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                          • #14
                            I do better now with only 1 TBS cream in 16 oz org coffee every morning, but I would not have stuck with this plan if I'd gone cold turkey with cheese. I lost all the weight dr. said to, 30+ lbs, eating those foods listed.. In ketosis now, sleep better, skin better, no stopped up nose anytime anymore, so I agree it was a dairy problem. But I had to take baby steps to get here or I would've fallen off the wagon months ago.

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                            • #15
                              Yes! Slow and steady wins the race. Every tiny step toward health is to be relished.
                              Crohn's, doing SCD

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