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  • How can you tell if you're actually hungry?

    You know how they say if you're actually hungry a steak will sound good too? Steak always sounds good! How the heck am I supposed to be able to tell hunger apart from cravings?
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    The best way I have found is I will drink a large glass of water and wait 15 min and if I still have hunger pangs I will eat sometimes its hard at first to tell hunger and thirst apart

    I hope that helps
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    • #3
      Don't eat for two days. You'll start to feel true innate hunger.

      Problem Solved!

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      • #4
        I have the same problem, I ALWAYS feel "hungry" which means I probably never really do. What I do is think about eating something that is not particularly appealing but is healthy, like a turkey burger or hardboiled egg. If those sound good, I'm probably actually hungry. If only something like nuts or coconut butter sound good, I'm not truly hungry.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by paradisefound View Post
          I have the same problem, I ALWAYS feel "hungry" which means I probably never really do.
          I have the opposite problem. I almost never get hunger pangs and if I do they usually go away pretty fast. I can almost always eat though. Most days I fast until ~5 or 6 pm. I'm usually not hungry even then because my last meal was large enough I guess. I usually start feeling anxious/irritable if I go much beyond ~20 hours in a fast (unless I'm drinking coffee; it seems to ameliorate that), so I take that as a cue to eat in lieu of other hunger signals.

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          • #6
            You know you're really hungry when ... boiled liver and eggplant sounds delicious.
            ... you could eat a dog. Raw.
            ... you'd pay money to try balut.
            ... you start eying the cat and wondering what asian chicken tastes like.
            ... you find yourself checking road kill to see if it's still fresh enough to eat.

            Gordo

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            • #7
              I struggle a lot with this. There are time that I THINK I am hungry but I dont really seem to be. i.e. my stomach is GROWLING but there is no logical reason for the hunger and if I am patient it subsides. And there are other times where I dont feel hungry but I just get sleepier and sleepier and sleepier until I eat something.
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              • #8
                I often start getting more and more tired when I haven't eaten in awhile too... But the "hunger" feeling is very mild. I often wonder why people say fasting INCREASES their energy. It seems to really calm me more than anything... Alex, have you experimented with fasting?
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                • #9
                  Keep some goats eyes in the fridge. Use them as your only snack
                  Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                  Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                  • #10
                    Yes I've tried fasting, and yes, everything sounds good. It's completely controllable, but I just want to eat everything in site. Oh and I'm not partial to cat, but I wouldn't balk at eating a parrot or two.
                    In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                    • #11
                      I know I'm hungry when I feel it in my throat. No idea how to describe it, but when my throat + stomach feel hungry, it's probably time to eat. I can hold out for quite a while if I need to, but if the only thing I can think about is food, it's REALLY time to eat.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Moxyfox View Post
                        Don't eat for two days. You'll start to feel true innate hunger.

                        Problem Solved!
                        There's some truth to this. A lot of people eat for fun as opposed to eating for nourishment. The fun foods really messes up our hormonal signalling, which ultimately leads to overeating. If your hormones are in balance, fasting for a 24-48 hours isn't a big deal. It frustrates me to read about fasting in the context of caloric restriction as opposed to hormonal balance. We probably don't need to eat as much in quantity and frequency as we do.

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                        • #13
                          My husband (carboholic) seems to be ravenous when it is "Time" to eat, whereas I wait until I am "ready" to eat. I eat at odd hours because I work odd hours, and sometimes I eat very late at night. My tummy is GROWLING the next day, hubby hears it and thinks I am starving, when in reality my tum tum is just finishing up digesting the last meal. When you get off the sugar/insulin rollercoaster...you will notice some differences. True hunger doesn't include the "shakes", irritability, lethargy or dehydration. You are just, simply, ready to eat again. For me this is usually mid afternoon or dinnertime. I only eat when truly hungry, unless I am having a snack attack, which is totally different (and usually menstrual). A planned (or not, lol) fast is a breeze at this stage of the game. Give it time for your body to adjust.

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                          • #14
                            OOps..forgot to mention, hubby is a 300 lb sugar addict, I am a very healthy 115..go figure.

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                            • #15
                              Julie... You never feel lethargy after you haven't eaten for an extended amount of time? This is usually my signal... Lately, I have also been waking up with a burning, ravenous hunger that I can't shake unless I have SOMETHING. I'm curious if this has anything to do with not eating enough calories the previous day....
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