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    I did some cursory searching around before posting this and most don't seem to fit me. feel free to drop links though if you know posts/articles that do fit.

    I have been working on sticking to Primal for a little over a month now and I have having fantastic results. The only thing is I seem to have this constant desire to eat. Pretty much anything; I am satisfied, no hunger pangs or emptiness feelings, yet I want to continue eating. It isn't cravings for specific things, which I get from time to time as my body tells me I am missing something, and it can even be right after a meal.

    Anyone else have experience with this or even a way to help stop it? It is somewhat frustrating because I want to eat everything I brought in on sitting.



    Nick

  • #2
    Eat bigger meals. Make sure you are getting enough protein, and don't avoid fat.

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    • #3
      Can we get a bit more context? Why do you want to eat less? Are you still trying to lose weight?

      I'll assume this is the case, and offer up some advice.

      First, like eKatherine said above, eat huge meals with lots of protein and fat.

      But an additional thing you can is to create a new mindset. Tell yourself that you will ONLY eat meals, absolutely no snacks. Don't allow yourself to snack on anything at all. The only time you eat is when you've prepared a full meal for yourself.

      Anytime you get the urge to grab a snack, make a tally in a small notebook. This will help you to become aware of your urges, and eventually defeat them
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      • #4
        Sorry I knew I was forgetting some stuff. I am still looking to lose weight and I haven't been thinking the meals are small. Normal the larger sized ziplock plastic containers full. I don't eat till I feel full but I do eat to be satisfied.

        I have been eating protein and I haven't avoided fat. Actually I think that is something of a guilty pleasure there, I can throw out the conventional wisdom and eat it like I like. I guess I should ask for some portion ideas. I am normally not afraid to have a bit of food and I have considered maybe I am skimping some of the proteins. So balancing it out more might be important.

        As for when I have been snacking it has been fruits, bananas, apples, oranges, along with some almonds primarily.

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=nickybfwb;1125938

          Actually I think that is something of a guilty pleasure there, I can throw out the conventional wisdom and eat it like I like. [/QUOTE]

          This. I agree with the other posters re larger meals, etc. But I know that, for me, that first burst of being able to eat in health and not guilt was so refreshing that I wanted to absorb/enjoy it. I don't know if was healing my body deprived of nutrients on CW (probably), or if it was being able to enjoy food without worry (absolutely), or whether it was to 'test' whether or not it really DOES work (absolutely). Enjoy your guilty pleasure until you don't need to assuage the guilt any more...

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          • #6
            If you're looking to lose weight, I'd suggest eliminating the fruit. It's pure sugar, and it's probably stimulating your appetite to eat more, as sugar generally does.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by emmie View Post
              If you're looking to lose weight, I'd suggest eliminating the fruit. It's pure sugar, and it's probably stimulating your appetite to eat more, as sugar generally does.
              While there are some nutrients in fruit as well, a good "No snacking ever" rule might work for you. The sugar isn't helping, and especially not in between meals.

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              • #8
                You sound like me when I'm PMSing.

                Seriously, just drop the food. Walk away. Make it an absolute rule to only eat meals, not snacks. Try intermittent fasting. Eat once or twice a day, sit down and mindfully eat. No grabbing anything in between and on the go.
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                • #9
                  We had that when we started, not hungry, just sort of not satisfied.

                  As neither of us was really all that concerned about weight too much, we just snacked on nuts and small bits of fruit, just as
                  I was starting to get a bit concerned end of month 2 that we would end up as housebound blimps, and then the snacking just started to drift away, 4 months in we were all good. I am still noticing subtle changes, my hunger responses are quite mild now days and if I had to could skip meals quite easily, am basically doing 20/4 IF with the occassional 44/4 fast.

                  I think a large part of it at the start is sugar habits your body may have amongst other thing we may not be aware of, you could do the strict thing and force yourself to only eat at meals, or snack like we did, don't think your final result will be much different.
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                  • #10
                    One thing that helps me (and works on my 7 yo as well!) is when you find yourself feeling like munching on something is tell yourself: Sure, have a boiled egg (no salt). If the answer is: Oh, YES!, then you are hungry and should eat (I usually start with a boiled egg). If it is just the oral fixation, I go for radishes/cabbage or chew gum or suck a sugar free candy. Artificial sweeteners are horrible, but work better for me than low cal veggies because they give me an extended chewing period and no bloating. Water or tea do not work. I bought cinnamon bark (not sticks), and plan to try chewing that after I run out of gum.
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                    • #11
                      This happened to me at the start of my Primal journey and I've seen it in others as well. I would snack on cheese, berries, nuts and then I would have my meals and still feel like something was missing. To be honest, I think while your body adjusts to eating differently, you might feel like this for a while. The constant need to "snack" stopped at around 3-4 months in for me, and then I just started IFing because I was just not hungry anymore. Now I'm at the point where I only eat 1-2 meals a day with no snacking. Fruit does tend to make me hungrier, so for the most part I usually just eat berries.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                        You sound like me when I'm PMSing.
                        Great just want I wanted first thing in the morning. I am PMSing! Thanks for the laugh and I understand what your point is.

                        So the general rule is reduce the fruit intake and I see mentions of berries. My normal breakfast has been blueberries, strawberries and some ham, everyone looks at me funny with the ham and berries but it tastes awesome with good smokey ham/canadian bacon. I think I will up the ham content or add in some eggs since now I have been making egg souffles.

                        I also did experiment a little more yesterday and ate lunch with a larger portion of meat along with a salad, I ate the rest of the carnitas I had made, and that definitely kept me full throughout the afternoon and even into the evening. I didn't get hungry again till around 12:30AM after leaving a Shinedown concert.

                        I can also agree with many of you that it might also be a change in the diet and that was part of my question. Did you folks ever experience that sort of change and many of you are saying you have. I appreciate all the answers and helpful advice. I might need to go talk to my family doctor to check and make sure I am not menstruating, not sure how I would explain it to the wife if I was but.....


                        Nick

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                        • #13
                          Okay, now you gave me the much needed laugh. Now I have the energy to go work on the project that keeps me anxious and makes me want to eat a house full of apples!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nickybfwb View Post
                            As for when I have been snacking it has been fruits, bananas, apples, oranges, along with some almonds primarily.
                            All those sugars are going to just make you want to eat more. Quite possibly the worst thing you can snack on if you aren't looking to stimulate your appetite.

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                            • #15
                              What worked (and continues to work) for me was 2 enormous meals a day with no snacking whatsoever inbetween. So a big lunch and an even bigger dinner and you should kick those cravings in a week or 2.

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