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    Hi all, I'm a newb here, so I thought I'd ask your advice to see if anyone shared the same experience.

    3 days ago I began eating a much more primal diet.

    I cleaned out all the crap from my cupboards and bought instead: free range eggs, organic coconut oil, goat milk and cheese, organic butter. I bought a few fruit and veg - spinach, pumpkin, watermelon and pineapple. As well as some ribs, and some shellfish/prawns.

    I cooked up the pork bones to make a broth, and have been eating that along with the fat that formed on top. Delicious!

    However...

    The weird thing is (or maybe it's a good thing, I'm not sure...) I'm just not damn hungry anymore! I've hardly eaten anything!

    I haven't waken up in the morning ravenous!
    I haven't been grouchy (as I always, always, ALWAYS have before) from being hungry.
    And I constantly feel full - kinda bloated almost - but I'm going to the toilet regularly and so my digestion seems fine. It's just this weird dull, heavy, full feeling. I'm not sure if it feels good, or bad, because it's so different!

    I know it's early days - and I'm transitioning - but did anyone else experience this. Or is a feeling of fullness a part of the diet? I'm just... I'm not entirely sure that I like feeling so 'heavy'.

    Any thoughts?
    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

  • #2
    You've probably got some energy stores tucked away behind your belt that your body will continue to use (good thing) for a while. During that time you're appetite will be all out of sync.
    "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
    -J.Stanton

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    • #3
      Ok, thanks for that... you're right about having some tucked away... LOL.

      And the 'heavy full' feeling (feels almost like I'm bloated, but I'm not) is that 'usual'?
      SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
      “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

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      • #4
        It's called not being hungry! It's weird isn't it? I'm 4 weeks in and am just about used to not feeling hungry all the time.

        Also when you do get hungry, it's not a crisis. It's a 'huh, I'm hungry. I'll have to eat sometime - maybe in an hour or two'
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        • #5
          It took me about 7 or 8 days to start to feel "normal", but it's amazing how full you can feel and for how long.

          I ate at about 9 last night, it's 1pm now and I'm not even thinking about food. I had a nut bar before the gym, but that's because I thought I should eat something not because I was hungry.

          I'm not bloated at all, I just feel like when you've eaten a massive meal, totally normal. PB isn't about 3 square meals a day, if you're not hungry what's the point of eating?
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          • #6
            It's normal, it takes time. At some point you'll get ravenous sudden onset hunger too - you're just getting back to a healthy food / appetite relationship.
            If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tfarny View Post
              It's normal, it takes time. At some point you'll get ravenous sudden onset hunger too - you're just getting back to a healthy food / appetite relationship.
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              • #8
                Mmmm. I've been primal for almost 2 months now. I've had that total loss of appetite a few times. Other times ravenous hunger. I think it's just my body adjusting and me adjusting to properly fueling my diet consistently.

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                • #9
                  Primal for almost 3 months here. When I started I had the same issue with not feeling hungry - give it a week or so. Also the bathroom issue was pretty annoying the first month - much of it has to do with your body being in a state of ketosis (fat for fuel) which requires water. Your body is also flushing out the excess water that is associated with sugar/grain consumption.

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                  • #10
                    I have not been hungry in the way I used to get hungry (I want that muffin! I want ice cream!) since I started this a couple of months ago. And I have been eating considerably less in terms of calories. Food tastes good, but it does not make me get excited the way it used to.

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                    • #11
                      thanks for all the comments and advice. i'ts good to see that you have all experienced a similar thing. I'd hate to think that I was going to feel this 'heavy' forever - it's not a nice feeling.

                      rayout - the water issue you mention is intersting because I have noticed my pee is very dark - suggesting dehydration - even though I've been drinking the same amount as before. I guess I have to read up on that. Bit difficult to know what to drink, to be honest, instead of sugary soft drinks, sodas and my old favourite - soda water and French syrup (no artificial preservatives or additives - but still!)

                      bookstorecowboy - I know what you mean about not being 'excited' by food... however I have transfered my 'excitement' into cooking instead of just eating.

                      Therefore, I get excited about finding a recipie, hunting down the ingredients in the store, and then making it - bone broth, goat milk ice cream, goat cheese dip... they may not exactly be 'pure primal' - I've not read the book and I'm just starting out - but they sure are different to what I was eating before.

                      And it's exciting to use ingredients and to try foods I've not eaten before. I'm looking forward to trying quails eggs, chicken feet and some home made fermented foods next.
                      SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                      “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

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                      • #12
                        I'll just make a couple comments - Everyone seems to have some different / weird experiences at first, some of them are very common (loss of appetite) others (dark pee) not so common. Just relax in the knowledge that eating meat and vegetables isn't going to do weird things to you. If you like to think of this phase as "detoxing" that's fine. What's actually happening is that your body is converting itself to run more efficiently on this different fuel you are now giving it, and it's got to make some changes to do that. It's also healing itself from NAFLD, for example, but I digress.
                        But in all cases, you come out the "other side" - almost always within 3 weeks - feeling balanced, full of productive energy, etc. etc. as well as lose fat and gain muscle etc.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          It's going to be different for everyone, but dizziness, constipation, funky-looking urine and the like are all pretty common. Give it two or three weeks and it will work itself out.

                          For me, supplementing with a probiotic helped some, but everyone is different.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thaijinx View Post

                            rayout - the water issue you mention is intersting because I have noticed my pee is very dark - suggesting dehydration - even though I've been drinking the same amount as before. I guess I have to read up on that. Bit difficult to know what to drink, to be honest, instead of sugary soft drinks, sodas and my old favourite - soda water and French syrup (no artificial preservatives or additives - but still!)




                            .
                            I was crazy thirsty in my first week primal. I drank loads and loads of water, in fact I was a bit concerned about how much water i wanted to drink as I know that over hydration can be dangerous, but my body was screaming for water so that's what it got. No flavoured 'water' or soda. Just good old plain water. The thirst died down to normal after the first week.
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                            • #15
                              OK, thanks. Tonight I'm still feeling a bit funky (just not quite right somehow... definitely sick in my stomach.)

                              Maybe I'm overdoing it with the oils & dairy and meats. And not enough fruits and vegetables?

                              Still, I'll ride with it and see how it all pans out.
                              SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                              “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

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