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  • An Appetite Issue

    Hello all;

    I've been primal for about 3 months - actually more on the paleo end as I avoid all neolithic foods. Things have been going really great.

    However, the last ten days or so, I have been having this issue where food just doesn't seem appealing to me. But the really weird part, is that I am sometimes absolutely starving, but I can't come up with anything I want to eat. I thought maybe I was just getting tired of some of my staples, but this weekend I made marinated slow roasted short ribs with sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash and couldn't care less if I eat them or not. Tonight I was served a grassfed burger on organic greens with ginger roasted root vegetables. Nothing. I had to make myself finish. I can usually eat an apple and some nuts.

    This is not going to be good for me. I feel best on a meat and vegetable diet.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

  • #2
    I am not sure I understand. Are you not eating because you can't stand to eat more meat and veg?

    Try new recipes - completely new...search the recipes section (or the hot delicious food pron thread) for ideas

    mix up your meals and have bacon and eggs for dinner and a curry for breakfast?

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    • #3
      Sorry - it is kind of hard to explain! Imagine you are super hungry, but someone serves you a plate of food you don't like. Even though you are hungry, you don't feel like eating it. For the last ten days, when I am hungry, nothing I make seems appealing. Even foods I normally love. Right now, I am hungry. In my house there are apples, almond butter, short ribs, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate, creme fraiche, berries. I am going to bed hungry because non of that food seems like something I want to eat.

      Hmmmm.....sounds a little crazy when I read it back I swear I don't have any food issues! I have been happy with PB and don't want to make any changes. Maybe I have some weird stomach bug? I have had a bit of unusual bowel issues this week.
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #4
        I think I get what you mean...maybe you should concentrate on fatty food to deal with the hunger first.

        I hope its not a health issue, but usually you aren't hungry when you don't have an appetite because of bowel issues? (hmmm..I actually think I am making that up)

        I still say mix it up and try something new. hope it sorts itself out!

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        • #5
          The only thing I can think of is to cook a rare or medium rare steak and take a bite of that and see what happens. Since becoming primal I crave my steak pink in the middle which is something I never used to do. I could eat it for every meal. Further, I am slowly getting sick of all meat which is overcooked, such as mince (i.e ground beef or hamburger).
          A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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          • #6
            Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try making a completely new soup with some seafood in it to see if that helps. I am also going to try cooking up a medium rare steak. I hope those things work
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jammies View Post
              Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try making a completely new soup with some seafood in it to see if that helps. I am also going to try cooking up a medium rare steak. I hope those things work
              Your steak should probably be grass fed. I am starting to find grain fed steak tastes horrible.
              A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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              • #8
                I think you need to try some new recipes. Try making food you've never had before: Like different curries, soups, primal lasagne etc. Stay away from the food you usually eat. You can make brand new dishes with your meat and veggies by cooking them in different ways and adding different spices and liquids to them.

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                • #9
                  Try drinking a couple Ts of coconut oil to get the calories and fat up; maybe once you get some fat in your system, you'll find yourself able to eat something else.

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                  • #10
                    Part of me wants to sympathize and I do honestly wish you find the answer to your problems. The other part of me (the third world part) wants to smack you for having the best quality of food available and refusing to eat them like a child.

                    I know that’s not exactly what you’re doing, but it can read like that. Meaning, I know you want to eat it and you know it’s good for you but for some strange reason you’re not. Hope you figure it out.

                    You say you lean more towards the Paleo side and refuse most Neolithic foods, are you also not doing dairy? Throw some butter on your meats and eat up boy, dems is good eatin’s
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
                      I think you need to try some new recipes. Try making food you've never had before: Like different curries, soups, primal lasagne etc. Stay away from the food you usually eat. You can make brand new dishes with your meat and veggies by cooking them in different ways and adding different spices and liquids to them.
                      Thanks for this suggestion . I am going to makes some curried coconut soup with shrimp tonight. I hope it will taste different enough to help.

                      Although, I do feel like this is maybe something physical. I am still have some bowel issues and feeling a little run down. I've also developed a little sore that doesn't seem to be healing. I am going to give things a few days and then maybe call my doctor. I am still on some pretty heavy duty meds for arthritis, so I should probably not assume everything is always going to be related to diet.
                      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JenCat View Post
                        Try drinking a couple Ts of coconut oil to get the calories and fat up; maybe once you get some fat in your system, you'll find yourself able to eat something else.
                        This is good advice . Thank you. I ate an avocado with a little cumin last night - to help with the fat. I'll focus on fat and see if things perk up!
                        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                        http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jammies View Post
                          Sorry - it is kind of hard to explain! Imagine you are super hungry, but someone serves you a plate of food you don't like. Even though you are hungry, you don't feel like eating it. For the last ten days, when I am hungry, nothing I make seems appealing. Even foods I normally love. Right now, I am hungry. In my house there are apples, almond butter, short ribs, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate, creme fraiche, berries. I am going to bed hungry because non of that food seems like something I want to eat.

                          Hmmmm.....sounds a little crazy when I read it back I swear I don't have any food issues! I have been happy with PB and don't want to make any changes. Maybe I have some weird stomach bug? I have had a bit of unusual bowel issues this week.
                          Jammies, how's your sleep been? Anything unusually stressful going on for you? And Cilla would probably ask about your zinc intake, too ;-)

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                          • #14
                            Hmmm...good questions! My sleep actually has been a little poor. I am coming off of an arthritis flare (mexican food for dinner last week....can you say "nightshades") which means I wake up a lot at night because of the pain and frozen joints.

                            I generally deal well with stress, but to be honest, I have been a little overextended the last two weeks and worried about a few things.

                            ZINC - holy man you might be right! I just looked up the symptoms of deficiency - loss of appetite, diarrhea, poor wound healing, and white flecks on the nails. I hadn't noticed the flecks until just now - but I am really having all of those! Plus my skin has been looking a little "flat" lately too.

                            How can it be possible to have a zinc deficiency though? I eat lots of red meat and some nuts. Shouldn't that cover it?

                            Thanks for your thoughts!!!
                            Last edited by jammies; 11-18-2010, 10:10 PM.
                            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jammies View Post
                              Hmmm...good questions! My sleep actually has been a little poor. I am coming off of an arthritis flare (mexican food for dinner last week....can you say "nightshades") which means I wake up a lot at night because of the pain and frozen joints.

                              I generally deal well with stress, but to be honest, I have been a little overextended the last two weeks and worried about a few things.

                              ZINC - holy man you might be right! I just looked up the symptoms of deficiency - loss of appetite, diarrhea, poor wound healing, and white flecks on the nails. I hadn't noticed the flecks until just now - but I am really having all of those! Plus my skin has been looking a little "flat" lately too.

                              How can it be possible to have a zinc deficiency though? I eat lots of red meat and some nuts. Shouldn't that cover it?

                              Thanks for your thoughts!!!
                              You'd think it SHOULD cover it, but---might be a good thing to run your food through fitday or something, and look at micros. I'm sure Cilla will stop by soon, and she is the pro...but I understand a zinc def is one of the most common causes of appetite loss. Hope this helps you...hang in there!

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