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    Hi there! I'm pretty new to this world of Primal eating, and I'm loving it so far.

    Most days I'm fine with 3 meals per day (or fewer) with occasional fasting days (not regimented). This goes for work days (10 hour work day, desk job) and weekends that are much less structured.

    So the eating thing is going really well for me EXCEPT when I'm studying. It's so odd! After an hour or so of hitting the books, all I want is to snack on things. I'm not jonesing meal food, but for finger food - doesn't matter if it's salty or sweet. I guess it's not really a "hungry" thing but what the heck is it? And how do I deal with it? Because I haven't been studying very much lately but I have to buckle down in preparation for January mid-terms (yes, I'm on a very odd school schedule!)

    Does anyone have any tips for dealing with my study munchies?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Originally posted by Sandamel View Post
    Hi there! I'm pretty new to this world of Primal eating, and I'm loving it so far.

    Most days I'm fine with 3 meals per day (or fewer) with occasional fasting days (not regimented). This goes for work days (10 hour work day, desk job) and weekends that are much less structured.

    So the eating thing is going really well for me EXCEPT when I'm studying. It's so odd! After an hour or so of hitting the books, all I want is to snack on things. I'm not jonesing meal food, but for finger food - doesn't matter if it's salty or sweet. I guess it's not really a "hungry" thing but what the heck is it? And how do I deal with it? Because I haven't been studying very much lately but I have to buckle down in preparation for January mid-terms (yes, I'm on a very odd school schedule!)

    Does anyone have any tips for dealing with my study munchies?

    Thanks in advance!
    Do you recall if this type of snacking was a habit before swapping to Primal?

    In all likely hood it's simply an old habit that has transferred... most people get boredom munchies to some degree and that's exactly what study munchies are since you are usually covering old ground not new material or not something that you are completely enthralled with...

    Try hot tea, especially herbal teas if you don't want the caffeine.
    They usually don't need any sweetener at all, come in a wide variety of flavors, taste good, are warm and comforting (good for cold weather!), and give your hands something to do do... not such a bad "new" study habit.
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
    ~Friedrich Nietzsche
    And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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    • #3
      Boredom munchies. Study munchies. I got them too when I was a college student hitting the books and cramming.
      F 28/5'4/100 lbs

      "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Damiana View Post
        Boredom munchies. Study munchies. I got them too when I was a college student hitting the books and cramming.
        This plus an element of avoiding-the-studying by munching instead. What Cori said too. Keep your hands busy with a cup of tea.

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        • #5
          Just find 'good' foods to munch on?
          Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone. I will try the tea. Yes it's an old habit from pre-primal days... I was just hoping it would go away on its own with this new way of eating I have been keeping my munchies Primal but grazing in and of itself just doesn't seem to be Primal so I want to stop. That, and I'd love to lose a little fat so even if the snack foods are compliant they're still extra, unnecessary calories.

            Hot tea it will be!
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            • #7
              Veggie sticks like celery, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, etc. might scratch the munchie itch.

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              • #8
                I used to get this pretty bad at uni. I actually found that when I packed up my books and left the house and went to the library to do my notes and study i didnt feel like i needed to snack anymore.

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                • #9
                  today i did a 2,5hr study session and had a mug of coffee&cream when munchies hit me. got me through it! and since it had some fat in it, had less dinner than what i had in my plate!
                  "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                  • #10
                    Lol, I was like this, whenever studying or working at the computer.

                    When I tried IF, I found the urge to munch gone after some days. It was a tough adjustment at first though.

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                    • #11
                      When I feel that way, hopping on the treadmill for a mile takes it away.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Veggie sticks like celery, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, etc. might scratch the munchie itch.
                        I'd go with jerkty, its chewy and takes longer to consume.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by specsAreGrok View Post
                          I'd go with jerkty, its chewy and takes longer to consume.
                          Oh yeah, that too. Depends on if your munchie urge is salty or not. But you either have or make your own or shop very carefully to find jerky without sugar and chemical nastiness in it. I make my own. Beef heart jerky is the best.

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                          • #14
                            It's an acquired taste, but I love salted plums, and a few of them cures my cravings because they're so intensely flavorful.
                            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

                            "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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                            • #15
                              I used to work with this hyperactive skinny computer programmer who was always bounding about the office boing, boing, like Tigger crying "Feed the Code, Feed the Code!" Brain work makes you hungry. It certainly made him hungry anyway, and he was a genius. Smartest guy I ever met. Could play the linux command line like a piano, not kidding, it was incredible.

                              Anyway, I agree with the above ideas. I used to snack on Dulse seaweed for a while there.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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