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    Anybody ever have problems with overeating primal foods?

  • #2
    Yep, I was eating near 5,000 primal calories sometimes and it resulted in a slowed rate of weight loss. Now that I've cut back I've started losing weight again but I'm hungry!
    I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.

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    • #3
      Occasionally. That's why I'm limiting nuts and fruit. I use fitday to keep myself in check.

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      • #4
        I have a definite inclination to eat primal foods without restraint. I'm especially fond of some semi-primal favorites like dark chocolate and almond butter. But with frequent IFs, it all seems to even out for me.

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        • #5
          Hell to the yes. I have crazy emotional overeating/binge eating tendencies while I manage to stay in control most of the time, when I lose control all hope is gone. I have absolutely zero cravings for non-primal fare but nuts and nut butters, fruit and dark chocolate are my weaknesses. I tried the whole "don't keep x in the house so you can't eat it" and rid my kitchen of nuts and nut butters. One night I had a huge craving for nuts and nothing would make it go away so I was reduced to picking the syrup-drenched almonds out of a box of granola bars I found in the back of the pantry....... it was quite sad. I grew up in a family of big eaters - my grandparents nearly starved to death as children during WWII so to them everything else is irrelevant as there's food in the house. And if there is food in front of them, they'll keep eating until it's all gone. (Fortunately this is in the old counry and tends to be mostly primal fare - lots of animal meats and fats and absolutely no processed food) so there is no obesity in my family but my parents and I have picked up those eating attitudes and they are mighty hard to break. Even after 6+ months on PB I am still struggling with telling my brain NO.

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          • #6
            I have a tendency to undereat unless I focus on it. I'm a recovering scrawny nerd, though.
            Give me liberty. Exploration of other options will be vigorously discouraged.

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            • #7
              I'm like Molecular Grokologist (though not nearly as smart) I think especially on workout days I don't eat enough. I use my school's gym so I'm also taking classes those days, I fill one tupperware with whatever I made that day and that's all I'll eat until I head back home. I feel I sometimes eat under 2000 primal cals on workout days and maybe it should be more. I need to just start getting more meat in there...
              I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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              • #8
                I was probably down to 1500 calroies a day a year ago. Not that I needed to lose weight, but I had made the connection that eating too many carbohydrates, even whole grains, fruit, legumes, etc gave me acne, but I also thought that fat was the devil. Since I discovered real eating a few months ago it has been like I was just released from a concentration camp. Or at least it feels like that. I'm probably at 3000+ calories and only weigh 130 pounds, although I do exercise so maybe I have a bit more of a need. Still, I feel like a glutton sometimes.

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                • #9
                  i second the hell-to-the-yes.
                  i tend to over eat semi-primal foods, though. like the grain-free, low-sugar baked goods i make. i usually give the most of them to friends, but only after a short binge on the bastards.
                  i've been known to over eat primal foods, though... bacon, i can just keep eating it until the bacon in the house is gone. avocados, eggs, fruits.. it's difficult because humans weren't meant to have unlimited access to foods, so we've never really had to control ourselves before.
                  i need better control. i love to eat. gimme the fat fatty foods. yumz!

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                  • #10
                    sometimes - cracling and pork belly are my weaknesses...
                    challenge yourself
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                    • #11
                      Bacon. I can make a whole package intending to keep some for salads etc later.

                      But I pick. Then I pick another. Then while moving the platter to the table, I pick a couple more.

                      Then it's gone.
                      Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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                      • #12
                        I'm a stress eater. Lately I've been stressed. I'm craving ice cream and chocolate, but haven't given in. I want them most after my kids are in bed, and I can't leave the house then...so I don't get them. whew! But I tend to have nuts instead. Probably a better alternative, but still not necessary. I recognize that I'm not hugry, but I just don't seem to care. I'm not working out the way I was a month ago either. These last few weeks have been more about getting through than making improvements to life. Thankfully I was already eating fully primally before the schtuff hit the fan! The only change to my diet I'm making this month is cutting out the milk products, which hasn't been a big problem thus far.

                        From what I've read, it seems that "overeating" may not be as big of an issue if you're making the right food choices and if you're burning what you're taking in. I'm not...gotta get on that! lol

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                        • #13
                          Yeeeeaaaaah, I do tend to eat a bit of primal food. I find that on days where I eat more than 2 meals or so, those are the days that I've over eaten. Also eating when I'm not hungry/just because I have the opportunity/won't get to eat later/didn't eat earlier, I'm going to work on that. Especially late night eating.

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                          • #14
                            Im not sure if im "overeating" but often ill feel a little too full right after a meal, alittle sluggish. 30-45min later feel fine, if not really good. But im a recovering vegetarian whos trying to build more muscle, and im still lossing fat. yay fat and protein!
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                            • #15
                              cracklings....yumm.... i can never figure out what brands sell them as just fried pork skins or whether they are frying them in veggie rancid oils....anyone know???

                              i dont eat semi-primal food so i dont overeat... meat and veggies have a certain capacity and satiety when theres enough fat in my opinion...you simply lose the desire to eat. when you set youself up to eat XXX amount...you brain thinks your restricting...if you just let go and let your body tell you when your full it works a lot better. any mentality of restriction/rules or semi-primal junk and baked sugar free goods are setting you up for disaster.

                              if your craving nuts like a nutso- try a solidified spoon of coconut oil... like melt 100% dark chocolate and mix in coco nut oil...dip a cold spoon in...stick it in the freezer... when the "cravings" which are all mental, occur, grab a spoon out the freezer with just enough choco-coconut on it to most likely soothe the urge....by the way i just thought of this i havent tried it but it is an idea


                              always keep meat already cooked in the fridge... if you dont "want" the meat then find something else to do because your obviously not that hungry
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