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    I'm on my second day of experiencing effortless fasting...no hunger or constant thoughts of food...I've been eating primal and low carb for 2+ months and this is the first time I've had this experience...i haven't had my usual 2c of coffee w cream in the past 2 days..substituted chai tea...i thought coffee suppressed appetite...but i cant think of anything else...has anyone noticed that coffee stimulates appetite, cravings or binges?

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    I can't say that I have. Of course, I drink quite a bit of coffee. That said, my appetite seems the same whether I have my first cup of coffee at 4am or 11am.

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    • #3
      It depends on a person. In some people it suppresses appetite, in some -increases. It impacts blood sugar and a sleeping pattern, so the combination of the two, will lead to either appetite sup or appetite increase, or will have no change. To see if coffee affects you, you need to go coffee-free for two-three weeks and monitor your sleep and energy patterns.
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      • #4
        My usual M.O. is to have my coffee at 8:30am, and then I never eat my first
        meal before 3pm at least 6 days out of 7.

        Not trying to do it that way, it's just how it works for me and always has.

        But then there are flukes when I get hungry at 10am ONCE in a great while.

        That said, I think if I did NOT have the coffee in the morning, I'd probably get
        hungrier earlier.

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        • #5
          For me, it suppresses it. Often black coffee IS my breakfast and holds off hunger until... well, until I stop drinking it.

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          • #6
            I, too, find it suppresses my appetite.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Leida View Post
              It depends on a person. In some people it suppresses appetite, in some -increases. It impacts blood sugar and a sleeping pattern, so the combination of the two, will lead to either appetite sup or appetite increase, or will have no change. To see if coffee affects you, you need to go coffee-free for two-three weeks and monitor your sleep and energy patterns.
              In me it initially suppresses appetite which then comes back with a vengeance unless I keep pouring in the coffee, something I can't do due to a neurological problem.

              This stuff, Teeccino is a really delicious alternative. Your chai tea , if based on black tea, does still have a fair ammount of caffeine in it. I make chai with rooibos tea as the base.

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              • #8
                it's disgusting tasting without sugar and cream, so in this case, yes, probably, due to the taste alone.
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                • #9
                  If I drink coffee on an empty stomach, I will find I feel quite hungry within the hour. I think it kick starts my system, but who knows? I'll take my coffee either black, or with a splash of coconut milk. I think if it had all the extras like sugar, whipped cream, etc. that you get at Starbucks, I might not be hungry due to all the calories.
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                  • #10
                    I think uppers and downers, or stimulants and sedatives, work differently on different people. I've known a couple of people who didn't want to give their kids the ADD drug of the day who said coffee worked well. While most of my friends thought coke was the supreme upper, I thought it was mellow - it was the '80s - statute of limitations and all that.

                    My little brother took Ritalin (until my father decided he didn't want a zombie for a son), but the couple of pills I swiped made me hyper. (The 70s - so statute has run its course even more.)

                    Coffee can work either way for me. In the morning, it certainly jump starts my heart and makes me forget about eating. Also, if I start to feel hungry before I want to eat, a cuppa will decrease my appetite. OTOH, if I'm really tired or really hungry later in the day, I can drink a mug of espresso and still feel hungry or go to sleep. We are all special snow flakes.
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                    • #11
                      Coffee can suppress hunger, yes, though that is more the caffeine in it than anything else. It can be useful for aiding a fast in this respect, as can tea or yerba mate.

                      Some say that of the three, the yerba mate might be the most effective.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                        I While most of my friends thought coke was the supreme upper, I thought it was mellow - it was the '80s - statute of limitations and all that.

                        My little brother took Ritalin (until my father decided he didn't want a zombie for a son), but the couple of pills I swiped made me hyper. (The 70s - so statute has run its course even more.)

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                        My husband who was diagnosed ADD as an adult claims that coke mellowed him out when he used it in college.

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                        • #13
                          The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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                          • #14
                            Well it doesn't sound like the coffee is what has led to my lack of appetite...I'm just so excited to finallly feel control over my raging hunger/cravings/binges which seemed to have gotten worse since going primal...I keep waiting for the ravenous hunger to return but I'm not at the end of day 2 and decided to eat at 2:30 just because I brought lunch to work but then I got interrupted after a few bites and put it aside till 3:30...even then I only ate so I wouldnLt set myself up to overeat later...still don't trust myself...

                            Another theory...I was in Colorado for Friday, Sat and Sun and it was incredibly sunny and I was out a lot and even got a slight slight tan....could it be that the dose of vitamin D stabilized me and maybe I was deficient before?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by aprimalmomma View Post
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                              Another theory...I was in Colorado for Friday, Sat and Sun and it was incredibly sunny and I was out a lot and even got a slight slight tan....could it be that the dose of vitamin D stabilized me and maybe I was deficient before?
                              Colorado does have the lowest obesity rate in the country - maybe it's contagious!

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