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    I had a great two weeks starting out. Now I'm struggling with cravings - is this low seratonin?

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    Its probably you just craving foods that are "forbidden." It is very common.

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      Welcome!

      What are you eating? Are you getting plenty of fat?
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      • #4
        You can't know for sure until you find out how many calories you were eating before, and how many you're eating now.

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        • #5
          Thanks. I wanted to start this so I didn't have to track calories - I'm terrible at that. I've up'd protein a bit, seem to not be as dizzy but I still really want sweets or chips at night.

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          • #6
            "Cravings are head hunger. You want things you're used to having, and once you think about them, you create an appetite for them.

            The solution to all head hunger is to distract yourself and not dwell on these items. The rule of thumb is if you think you're hungry, eat a hard-boiled egg. If you don't want that, then it's pure head hunger, and you should ignore it.

            Is it easy? No. And only the individual can find a solution, but keep in mind that the longer you think about it, the more you'll want it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by resdog830 View Post
              Thanks. I wanted to start this so I didn't have to track calories - I'm terrible at that. I've up'd protein a bit, seem to not be as dizzy but I still really want sweets or chips at night.
              Definitely count your calories in this case. Your cravings might just be your body telling you to EAT!

              When I started primal, I unknowingly was eating a lot less calories than before. This lead to what I believed to be cravings for junk food. So I bought a jug of coconut oil and now I put it on vegetables, meats, you name it. I still eat some fruits and white rice though, which I see as relatively "good carbs".

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              • #8
                It could be your body telling you that you aren't getting enough calories or that it wants some more carbs/fat. My advice would be to listen to it and give it what it wants. I had similar symptoms from cutting carbs way down, and I just added some back in from sources like root veggies and white rice and now I feel much better and my workouts are no longer impacted negatively.
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