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    I always have breakfast, even if I don't really fancy it most days. But I always get hungry again about 10am (I have breakfast at about 6.45am). I can have breaks whenever I want to at work, but haven't got access to a fridge so it's a bit limited what kind of food I can bring. I usually end up having some nuts. But I might be eating too much of that, and it would be nice not having to eat between breakfast and lunch.

    I can't do fasting, apart from over night obviously. If I go for too long without food I get extremely hungry and actually feel ill. I've got IBS (not that bad anymore) and a lot of stress in my life, and I don't think I will be able to fast until my body has healed. If that will ever happen that is ...

    Any suggestions with regards to what/how/when to eat would be greatly appreciated.
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  • #2
    What are you eating exactly for breakfast???


    I eat bacon and eggs usually every day. Today I added fried sweet potato slices that were fried in the bacon fat.

    Eating more fat will help you feel full longer. Try increasing your fat intake at each meal
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    • #3
      what are you eating for breakfast?

      eating foods with plenty of fat and protein will keep you full longer, so you could change your breakfast to plenty of eggs and meat, or bring hard boiled eggs into work as a snack.
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      • #4
        What is your history with food? This appears to be a chronic problem in people who have been on low calorie diets, they always want to eat all of the time and it takes a good deal of food to bring them back to balance.

        And what are you eating for breakfast, for that matter?

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        • #5
          keeping hard boiled eggs in the shell will keep them from going bad during the day. I agree with Rob. Also, packing a lunch cooler with things you can eat and adding a freezer pack will help.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stabby View Post
            What is your history with food? This appears to be a chronic problem in people who have been on low calorie diets, they always want to eat all of the time and it takes a good deal of food to bring them back to balance.
            This was me. Prior to primal, I was on a super low fat, eat 6 times a day regimen and it took me a couple months to get back to normal. I found that I was slowly able to eat more at each meal also, which led to very little hunger between meals.
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            • #7
              What are you eating? When I make fat the focus of my meals I find that I can go much longer without feeling too hungry. Today I just broke a 16-hour fast (finished eating 6:45pm last night, ate lunch 11:00am today) and it wasn't at all arduous. I used to have the same issue you have, so I'm definitely attributing the change to my diet. Try this for breakfast: 4 eggs scrambled in 4 Tbsp of butter (scrambling allows you to incorporate the butter so your eggs aren't swimming in them). That's 680 kcals, most of it from fat. A favourite meal of mine is to fry up some chopped bacon, remove the bacon and cook brussels sprouts until browned in the bacon fat, and top with eggs sunny-side up. Or cook up some fatty sausage and caramelize some onions in the drippings, and top with some eggs. (I'm detecting a pattern here ) I love the way I can add eggs to any meal and make it taste better, keep me sated for longer, add a hefty nutritional kick, all without having trouble making it fit in my stomach. But if eggs aren't your thing, fatty meats and veggies absolutely drenched in fat are your friends. Cream is great if you tolerate dairy. The recipes forum is a great place to get ideas too.

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              • #8
                Try drinking more water if you are not already. That helps me out. A large glass of water makes my stomach feel full for a while, and helps me with my fasting times.

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                • #9
                  Thank you guys for replying.
                  Thought I'd give you some more info.

                  Food history:
                  I've grown up with a typical Norwegian diet consisting of a lot of carbs in the form of bread, cereal, potato, pasta, fruit and rice. I've never been on a diet because I've always been slim. I'm 174cm and weigh about 64 kilos, and that has been pretty consistent for the last 15 years. I've always been craving carbs, mostly in the form of bread and fruits. Could eat bread and fruit until it came out of my ears and still want more!
                  I used to eat all the time, probably about every two hours otherwise I would feel absolutely starved, lightheaded and dizzy like I was going to pass out most days. I have actually passed out a few times as well.

                  In 2006 I realized I had digestive issues and started changing my diet a bit. Nothing consistent though, and my digestive issues only got worse until I realized I've got IBS. It wasn't until 2010 I made some serious changes, saw I nutritionist and spend loads of money on various supplements to get rid of candida.
                  I've been more or less primal since December last year, and almost 100% the last 3 months or so. I eat sweet potatoes, lots of vegetables, lots of meat and fish, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs, dark chocolate (at least 70%), some berries and probably too many nuts ... I'm trying to cut down on the nuts now though.
                  For breakfast I usually have two eggs (boiled or fried), smoked mackerel or smoked salmon, some spinach, sauerkraut and beetroot. I'm not really hungry though, and find it hard to eat that much. Maybe I eat too much in the evening?

                  I guess I'm afraid of getting hungry, it just makes me feel so weak and low. Although I don't have to eat every two hours anymore, I can go for up to 5 hours before I get hungry, I still feel lightheaded and dizzy sometimes.
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                  • #10
                    If you can palate it, try eating a glob of pure coconut oil when cravings strike.... That usually will cut the craving immediately.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PrincessGrok View Post
                      If you can palate it, try eating a glob of pure coconut oil when cravings strike.... That usually will cut the craving immediately.
                      Or make some coconut bark for snacking...

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                      • #12
                        Try to skip breakfast despite of "feeling ill". Maybe what you're experiencing is simply the kind of deep hunger "pangs" which sometimes follow from a deeply ingrained eating pattern. Try to be less predictable about big meals. If it's easier for you, try to skip dinner, or simply delay some meals for several hours. It's about getting your body to adapt to the state of fasting. By the way: IBS is something which can also benefit from fasting - not having to digest food is actually a positive thing for the body, giving it time to repair and enhance its system, including the digestive system. Doctors are usually clueless about what exactly causes IBS (typically they blame it on stress, genetics or allergies) - I don't see any risk in trying to give your digestive system a break from digesting stuff.
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                        • #13
                          Salami (if you don't mind some processed meat, there are some that are barely processed out there) is a great snack to bring along. Lots of fat and it never takes more than a few slices to fill me up. I second the hard-boiled eggs. Nuts are great, but yeah, watch the intake. I carry around macadamias with coconut chips and the combo is tasty.

                          Are you eating fruit while at work? If so, you might want to avoid anything that's insulin spiking, at least for now.

                          And yes, FAT. The more the better. It's physically impossible to eat too much of it and it will keep you going. Cholesterol is involved in making our brains think we're satisfied, which is why I think bacon is so popular. That and it's damned tasty.

                          Good luck!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by PrincessGrok View Post
                            If you can palate it, try eating a glob of pure coconut oil when cravings strike.... That usually will cut the craving immediately.
                            I used to do that. I actually prefer it to cooking with coconut oil. I've actually just ordered some more organic virgin coconut oil. Maybe I should keep a jar at work for emergencies.

                            Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
                            Or make some coconut bark for snacking...
                            I would like to try that, but all the recipes I've found seems to call for nuts. Is it possible to make it without nuts? I'm currently doing a lectin experiment and I'm not eating nuts you see.

                            Originally posted by MikeEnRegalia View Post
                            Try to skip breakfast despite of "feeling ill". Maybe what you're experiencing is simply the kind of deep hunger "pangs" which sometimes follow from a deeply ingrained eating pattern. Try to be less predictable about big meals. If it's easier for you, try to skip dinner, or simply delay some meals for several hours. It's about getting your body to adapt to the state of fasting. By the way: IBS is something which can also benefit from fasting - not having to digest food is actually a positive thing for the body, giving it time to repair and enhance its system, including the digestive system. Doctors are usually clueless about what exactly causes IBS (typically they blame it on stress, genetics or allergies) - I don't see any risk in trying to give your digestive system a break from digesting stuff.
                            I'm too scared of getting hungry to do that, but the last few days I have actually been eating less and less often and it seems to have helped a bit. At work today I didn't need a snack before lunch. That's the first time in a long while.

                            Originally posted by Buttercup View Post
                            Salami (if you don't mind some processed meat, there are some that are barely processed out there) is a great snack to bring along. Lots of fat and it never takes more than a few slices to fill me up. I second the hard-boiled eggs. Nuts are great, but yeah, watch the intake. I carry around macadamias with coconut chips and the combo is tasty.

                            Are you eating fruit while at work? If so, you might want to avoid anything that's insulin spiking, at least for now.

                            And yes, FAT. The more the better. It's physically impossible to eat too much of it and it will keep you going. Cholesterol is involved in making our brains think we're satisfied, which is why I think bacon is so popular. That and it's damned tasty.

                            Good luck!
                            I don't mind processed meats, and I do sometimes snack on that. I like nuts, but I've given up on them for a while. Might be a good thing because I did feel like I was eating too much nuts ...

                            I don't eat much fruit, only berries and only a few times a week. I don't think I do so well with too much fructose.

                            Fat is good! I used to eat slices of butter whenever I felt a bit hungry, but I've given up on dairy to see if my skin gets better. I've had pretty bad acne since my teens ... I do miss it though, and I don't really know how to get more fat in my diet other than eating coconut oil and cooking with it. And pouring oil over my lunch salad of course.
                            "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous."
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                            • #15
                              7 oz. Beef tenderloin filets, not grassfed, wrapped in local bacon
                              Topped with pesto, cream cheese, sundried tomato spread fom Trader Joe
                              Arugula, tomato and shallot salad with kalamata olive vinaigrette
                              Roated parsnips
                              Red wine

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