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    Hey everyone,

    I've been fully committed to eating primally for a few weeks now, but I go through phases sometimes for weeks where I am just simply not hungry!

    I could easily fast until dinner every single day. I'm not exactly sure what to do. I know we're supposed to listen to our bodies, but I really want to be sure that I get enough protein, fat, and nutrients so that my body doesn't shut down.

    Do you guys suggest that I just eat anyways? I don't think I work out hard enough and eat enough food in that last meal/window to see this from a "Leangains" approach, but I could be wrong.

    "The Way We Do Anything Is the Way We Do Everything"
    ~ Kancho Cameron Shayne

    Blog - The Primal Pantry
    My Leangains/Primal Lifestyle Challenge to begin 2/7/11!
    Check out the Blog for Daily Progress

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    Then don't eat. Wait until you're hungry, and don't over-complicate it.
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    • #3
      Eat when you're hungry. Your body won't let you starve.

      Right now, I'm 20.5 hours into an unplanned fast, and feeling fine. Go figure.
      Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

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      • #4
        Thanks to both of you! I separated myself the CW of "eat grains and be healthy" some time ago, but the "bodybuilding CW" of "you MUST put protein in your mouth every 2-3 hours or your body will break down" has been a little harder to shake

        "The Way We Do Anything Is the Way We Do Everything"
        ~ Kancho Cameron Shayne

        Blog - The Primal Pantry
        My Leangains/Primal Lifestyle Challenge to begin 2/7/11!
        Check out the Blog for Daily Progress

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        • #5
          I do daily 14-18 hour fasts and I have found that my appetite has shrunken significantly, as well as the size of my stomach. I can't eat a whole lot or I'll feel horribly full. I'm concerned with getting enough calories so I just try to find calorie dense foods.

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          • #6
            It is one of the things that I absolutely adore about PB living. When I stay good enough Primal I have much steadier, smoother energy and am almost never hungry. I just wait 'til I'm really hungry to eat and it is wonderful. If that is 24 hours, then, so be it. It is such a pleasure not to be constantly driven by the carb roller coaster, craving them all the time and being bloated all the time and being hungry as hell but trying not to think about food because you know you've already had too much. PB is so liberating! Getting off the grain/sweets/bad fats roller coaster is awesome.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by slacker View Post
              It is one of the things that I absolutely adore about PB living. When I stay good enough Primal I have much steadier, smoother energy and am almost never hungry. I just wait 'til I'm really hungry to eat and it is wonderful. If that is 24 hours, then, so be it. It is such a pleasure not to be constantly driven by the carb roller coaster, craving them all the time and being bloated all the time and being hungry as hell but trying not to think about food because you know you've already had too much. PB is so liberating! Getting off the grain/sweets/bad fats roller coaster is awesome.
              Hey slacker, have you seen weight loss by doing this? I've seen some people say you have to eat more in order to lose weight...?

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              • #8
                Im in the same boat and have seen a pretty steady weight loss. Sometimes I'll eat breakfast but usually its just coffee. I'll always bring lunch to work but not always eat it because sometimes Im just not hungry. I'll have a good dinner and start the process over.

                It works when I am being strict about the no grains / limited dairy thing. I've been averaging about 3 lbs a week (lost 45 lbs since June, with about 50 to go until my estimated goal) when I stick to it; I did a 30 day no grains personal challenge and lost 14 lbs. I've done the same thing the last four weeks and have lost about 14 lbs as well.

                The funny thing is that it seems like the more fats I eat, the more weight I lose. I like to use coconut oil and sometimes peanut butter (even though not technically primal) to help me keep that satiated feeling and the weight just seems to come off. Hopefully it will continue like that.
                5-24-10 ................ 5-24-11
                Weight: 281.......... Weight: 203

                10-11-10
                Weight: 259
                Total Cholesterol: 243
                LDL: 188
                HDL: 40
                Trig: 96

                2-18-11
                Weight: 228
                Total Cholesterol: 239
                LDL: 183 (calc), 138 (actual)
                HDL: 46
                Trig: 49

                6-23-11
                Weight: 197.2
                Total Cholesterol: 225
                LDL: 161 (calc), 120 (actual)
                HDL: 56
                Trig: 38

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by croí View Post
                  Hey slacker, have you seen weight loss by doing this? I've seen some people say you have to eat more in order to lose weight...?
                  I'm sure you are right. It is going slowly. But I'm happy with just being able to not worry about it. I started last June and was losing steadily until I got off-track in November and plateaued after losing about 20 lbs. In spite of some Christmas self-indulgence I've gotten it back together and continued to trim down through December. Every week I'm getting rid of more clothes that are too big. Maybe it would go faster if pushed it. I'd like to lose another 40 lbs, but if I lose 20 more I'll be thrilled. People have started to ask me what I'm doing, so I know I'm making progress.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kvalhion View Post
                    The funny thing is that it seems like the more fats I eat, the more weight I lose.
                    I know. Isn't it amazing? I'm still shocked. Mental whiplash!

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                    • #11
                      I'm somewhat in the same boat..in the last few days, i ate only twice a day. A big breakfast around 9-10AM then i wait until 18PM. A couple of days ago, my breakfast was only 2 raw beaten eggs and a good scoop of proteins..Together with a good cup of 10% yogurt ( this shit is EXPENSIVE here in Quebec!) and a granny smith apple, i'm good for a while.

                      Heck, if i take a good sized steak with a egg and onions coupled with a cup of yogurt with bits of apple for breakfast, i have to force myself to eat around midday.
                      Last edited by Schneider; 12-27-2010, 08:14 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Welcome to the cool kids club.
                        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                        • #13
                          I just posted something similar, worrying about if I'm not taking in enough calories, will my body start to shut down. I, like many others, have been told "eat 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours" and "eat 15 minutes after a workout or your body will start to break down muscle tissues" and so many other things, but as I slowly transition over to a primal lifestyle, I'm not as hungry as often and I'm not eating as much, and while I don't feel like I'm starving at all, again it's "well, am I eating enough to lose weight?" Thanks for the responses and to the OP for showing me I'm not alone!

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                          • #14
                            I'm so pleased to find this thread!! I've been using FitDay to keep track of my food. I'm a nibbler (or at least used to be ) so I've been really working on keeping track of what I've been consuming.

                            Anyway, this is Day 3 of eating very primal. No grains, no sugar, lots of fats, lots of veggies and lovely lovely meat. According to FitDay, I had just under 1200 calories on Tuesday, less than 900 yesterday and about 1400 today. I have hardly been hungry at all. I could have skipped dinner- a chicken leg ... it just smelled so good I had to eat it - and not minded. At all.

                            It's so funny to me, because before (like Monday), not eating is a total migraine trigger for me. Plus my blood sugar would go all wonky and I would turn into a raging mean evil awful hungry person. Poor hubs would always quickly say, "Uh, let's find you a Clif Bar to eat." in order to save his own life from my ragey raginess. But I've been skipping breakfast... just not hungry. Waiting to eat lunch until 2 or 3. Wondering if I should eat dinner because I could maybe eat something, but not being, you know, hungry.

                            This is the most amazing best thing ever. I'm so pleased to know this is just a normal part of PB-ness. YAY!

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                            • #15
                              So happy to know that I'm not alone in this. So many of us are used to stressing about everything we eat and when. I've only had 1200 calories today too... Just not hungry for more. Usually I'm so afraid of the blood sugar crash ( like Mrs M, blood sugar crashing is my migraine trigger), that I'm constantly worrying about my next snack or meal. If this continues and I no longer spend time worrying about blood sugar and whether or not I got enough fuel post-workout, what will I do with all that extra time?

                              Thanks to the OP & responders for setting my mind at ease.
                              Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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