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  • why is it easy to be good some days but not others?

    I cant get my head around it, some days it is easy to say no to lollies, or chocolate, or even bread for that matter. And other days it is like, give it to me NOW.

    I had a real slump after lunch today, been feeling flat all day to be truthful and just felt that I needed sugar to give me a lift. Of course it hasnt really, I just feel sick from eating the 50g of sugar laden crap. Doh. Its no big deal in the great scheme of things, I'm maintaining a good weight but I do find it a bit depressing that I have absolutely no willpower. I would actually feel better if I had had a big bowl of hot chips rather than the sugar I'm sure!

    Aaaaggghh. Just wanted to vent I suppose. No one can help me but myself.

  • #2
    Keep a food diary for a week or two. When you do crave and give in, go back and analyze your eating patterns. Is there a common thread? Types of food? The timing of your meals? Et cetera.

    Just an idea.

    Best of luck!
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    • #3
      After lunch at work, thats the worst time. As I said, today though, I was just tired, and feeling flat. I didnt need it, I wasnt particularly hungry, I just wanted sugar. Oh well tomorrow is another day thankfully
      Last edited by Suse; 07-06-2010, 09:32 PM. Reason: grammar

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      • #4
        I've found that there are points in my cycle where I want to eat nonstop, (and have lots of cravings for carby foods), and points in my cycle where I'm IFing like crazy and not hungry or cravy at all. I really think it's cycle related. I'm working on tracking it now b/c its just fascinating to me.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by FairyRae View Post
          I've found that there are points in my cycle where I want to eat nonstop, (and have lots of cravings for carby foods), and points in my cycle where I'm IFing like crazy and not hungry or cravy at all. I really think it's cycle related. I'm working on tracking it now b/c its just fascinating to me.
          I'm finding very similar cycle related food habits. Just wanted to chime in as I also find it facinating.
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          • #6
            Whenever I fall for something carb laden shit is without fail the days I haven't had enough fat the day before.
            Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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            • #7
              I was also going to suggest upping your fat numbers. I have more energy now that I'm strictly PB. On the rare occasion I feel flat, I try to move around even if it is just walking down the hall and back or doing a few squats at my desk. I follow that up with a big glass of water or a cup of hot tea with some coconut oil stirred in.

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              • #8
                For me, it's all about the stress in my life, more so than what I have eaten prior to that point. I have a history of emotional eating and when I am down, it's so hard to not indulge in "carb laden shit". Hence my indulgence of a heavenly peach cobbler over the holiday weekend. Too much stress = an indulgence waiting to happen, if I don't focus.

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                • #9
                  Hormones.

                  Cortisol, serotonin, leptin, all of them really.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EGYnutrition View Post
                    Hormones.

                    Cortisol, serotonin, leptin, all of them really.
                    yep.


                    OP if its post-lunch that is the trigger, have you thought about skipping lunch all together? Eating your meals at home only may help you keep focus.

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                    • #11
                      Totally agree with FairyRae and lil_earthmomma 100%. When I'm ovulating, I can't get enough food in me. When I'm about to start my period (or on my period), I have zero interest in food and can IF with ease.

                      I've also learned (the hard way) that when I'm craving sugar it is because a day or two before, sugar has somehow snuck its way in my food, either in a sauce or a dressing. I've found that even a bit of honey makes me jones the next day. Maybe you're really sensitive like that, too.
                      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=TigerLily;153766]Totally agree with FairyRae and lil_earthmomma 100%. When I'm ovulating, I can't get enough food in me. When I'm about to start my period (or on my period), I have zero interest in food and can IF with ease.

                        Wow! you just brought up something I have been wondering about all day. I am relatively new to primal and I just started my period today. Whereas last night I was so carby I would have eaten any kind of crap available (thankfully none was!), today I simply could not bear to eat more than a few bites of tuna and some veggies. This is so new to me since going primal. Who knew?
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                        • #13
                          Keeping a food journal for a month or so will help you figure out what's going on. For me, the number one trigger is if I eat a food that I have an allergy to - that will make my cravings go sky high (not just for that food, either). I also find that my cycle affects how much I want to eat.

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                          • #14
                            Make sure you're eating enough protein and fat. Hunger is caused when there is no free fatty acids flowing through your blood. Two things cause this: no fuel (aka you're not getting enough calories), or insulin. The more carbs you eat the more your body will want more.

                            Carb cravings are a battle of the mind vs the body, and its not fun and is why a lot of people can't stand low-carb diets. I'll admit I'm bad at those battles, which is why I do CKD. While in Keto I have limited carb cravings, and if I do have any I save them until the weekend where I load on them.

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                            • #15
                              progesterone could be the culprit, especially if it is cycle related. higher progesterone levels occur after ovulation and go through the roof if pregnancy occurs. Progesterone causes us to be temporarily MORE insulin resistant, so the cells can't take up glucose from the blood as well, causing some fatigue and hunger. This is so that more sugar will be circulating in the bloodstream for the developing fetus - which is why if mama has diabetes, fetus gets excessively BIG - and is the root of "gestational diabetes" - high blood sugars that occur under the influence of progesterone, but go back to normal after baby is born. Progesterone makes you hungry and tired, so you will eat more and expend less energy on your own activities so there is more available for baby. Under the influence of progesterone, you can eat a lot and not get satiated. Kind of a bummer if there is no pregnancy on the horizon......

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