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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in my first week of primal and I've been finding myself super hungry between meals.

    I've been a long time carb addict, althought my partner is gluten intolerant so most of our meals have been at least gluten free.

    I'm just wondering about how much quantity of vegetables to eat. Can I just eat plenty and not worry about it or do I need to be concerned about the carb quantity?

    Yesterday's food was:

    2 poached eggs, smoked salmon, 1/2 cup leftover roast veg (beetroot, pumpkin, carrot)

    pumpkin & beetroot & chicken salad

    Ratatouille with meat balls, sweet potato & pesto mash

    I was pretty hungry in between these meals and snacked on whatever primal-esque foods i could find. Yes, I drink plenty of water.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
    Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
    Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

  • #2
    ooohhhh...
    I just punched the numbers into myfitnesspal.com and figure I ate less than 1000 calories.... no wonder i was hungry
    Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
    Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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    • #3
      Yes... and it seems low in fat, which would mean you'd get hungry a lot quicker.

      Try frying your eggs in butter.

      Also not sure HOW much chicken and ratatouille you had. But it literally seems you're not eating enough.

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      • #4
        eat more fat and less beets, more leafy greens like cabbage spinach etc and add fat to them too (like nice butter)

        eat more!

        simple rule, eat til you feel satisfied but not stuffed, when you feel hungry eat again following same rule

        you will soon self regulate

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        • #5
          I agree with everything mentioned above. The only thing that got me through my first few weeks of carb cravings was lots and lots of fat... my advice would be to not worry about calories/grams of fat the first few days. They'll help you get through the adjustment period and then after that, you can worry about how much you should normally take in.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Katsuhiko the Rolfer View Post
            ...and less beets
            The beets was a random thing, my partner had never eaten them before so i roasted up a batch

            Thanks for the advice, and I'm bloody hungry AGAIN now, after having 3 scrambled eggs (with butter!) mushrooms, spinach for breakfast.

            Sheesh.
            Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
            Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
              I agree with everything mentioned above. The only thing that got me through my first few weeks of carb cravings was lots and lots of fat... my advice would be to not worry about calories/grams of fat the first few days. They'll help you get through the adjustment period and then after that, you can worry about how much you should normally take in.
              So, what kinds of fat do you recommend? I'm worried about falling into some sort of too-much-coconut trap. And I'm honestly not a huge huge fan of meat (yike, yes i admitted it)
              Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
              Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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              • #8
                eat again then! you probably need the nutrition as a 'long time carb addict'

                would be interested to hear more of your story and details on goals and stuff if you're willing to share

                will help advise you better

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                • #9
                  Permission to eat!WHOO!! I found some nuts and figured a litre of water couldn't hurt...

                  Certainly happy to share some stuff.

                  here?
                  Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
                  Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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                  • #10
                    sure, or start a journal and post the link in here so we can follow your story

                    take your time, think about it and share what you want

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                    • #11
                      Righto! Done! I clearly should be studying...

                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1152213
                      Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
                      Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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                      • #12
                        cool, thanks for sharing! keep it updated

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                        • #13
                          Yep I got a few suggestions.

                          If your new to the blueprint, don't try to lose weight yet, until you've settled in.

                          Use the first few weeks, to rid yourself of the carb addiction and get intouch with your metabolism so you can start trusting each other. You can experiment with your hunger a bit to get your fat burning system well oiled (can do this by extending time between meals here and there, mix it up) but don't go getting into a fight with your hunger, you'll lose lol. When satisfying the first few weeks hunger pangs becareful to not do it with carbs, you are trying to force your body to relearn how to produce it's own glucose (as it probably hasn't done it in a while), If you don't do this you'll have trouble kickin the carb addiction down the line. If your successful at producing your own glucose, you should be able to experiment with carbs with relative impunity down the line.

                          Once you've spent the first few weeks getting your metabolism back upto speed, then you can hit it with challenges that will force it to recomp your body, examples of this are IF's and calorie deficits. But for a bit more detail on how I did this see the last half of my success story in my sig, Have fun and hope that helps a bit.

                          Edit: in the first few weeks you can still eat carbs, you are just trying to give your self a little glucose deficit, infact the smaller the better at the start of the diet.
                          Last edited by dilberryhoundog; 04-07-2013, 07:08 PM.
                          A little primal gem - My Success Story
                          Weight lost in 4 months - 29kg (64 lbs)

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                          • #14
                            Hey, i just read your article. I'm in QLD too! Yay for sun!
                            Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
                            Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zoeamy View Post
                              So, what kinds of fat do you recommend? I'm worried about falling into some sort of too-much-coconut trap. And I'm honestly not a huge huge fan of meat (yike, yes i admitted it)
                              I ate whole avocados, lots of olives, drizzled everything with olive oil after cooking, and threw a few eggs on top of whatever I made for dinner... I can confirm that eggs pretty much make anything taste better

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