Something that helped my need for snacking was adding coconut milk to my meals. You can make it into a smoothie or drink it straight if it suits your fancy. For awhile, I was drinking about a can a day... half in the morning, half at lunch. On days that I don't drink it, I want a snack. I also had hypoglycemia growing up. That changed after going primal, but it took about 2 months or so before I noticed that I didn't get dizzy or weak if I skipped a meal. Eat when you are hungry, but make sure when you are eating meals that you get enough fat.
Don't let anybody tell you, "You can't" just because they can't.
As far as IF, I have found that doing it at night is way better than during the day. Somewhere on MDA it says that women do better with a 14 hour fast than the 16 hour fast that men do better on. So, what I do is finish up any food I want by 7pm. Then, I try to go to bed early (which is primal) and keeps me from snacking, and I eat breakfast at 9am. That's a 14 hour fast each day. Sleep hours count. A note on breakfast, while your blood sugar is balancing, eat when you get hungry... Just don't eat grains. So if you need breakfast at 7 am, don't push yourself to 9 am. I had to work up to not eating breakfast right away... Now, I feel hungry, but I do not feel faint. MDA also recommends not fasting until you have been primal for awhile. More support on how our bodies take time to adjust.
Know how time flies when you are having fun? And the opposite: it crawls by when you are miserable? Don't let primal be miserable. Maybe you'll bounce back before 2 months... You have the rest of your life to work out the kinks. And your blood sugar will stablize in time for the next challenge.
Don't let anybody tell you, "You can't" just because they can't.
Thank you again for the wonderful information. I am definately going to give your advice a try. I have been 'trying' to fast from about 8pm until 12pm the following day (that way my first meal is lunch as I have difficulties eating savoury type food early in the morning - I was a big cereal eater at breakfast so figured it would be easier to skip it than to eat meat and eggs!) but I end up feeling mentally fuzzy and starving hungry. I will now leave the IF until I have my other issues sorted I think.
I wanted to skip snacking because I have leptin issues, but I think maybe fixing one problem at a time would make far better sense as clearly my blood sugar issues are going to prevent me from gaining any of the advantages of no snacking at this point. I am going to start having breakfast (I must admit it is hard for me to eat breakfast any later than about 6am as I have a daughter to take to daycare then work etc) I can't relax if I have to shove down breakfast at work. Now to figure out what my stomach can handle eating at 6am.........
I really appreciate your input and will now feel much better about having the snacks for a while until my body begins to correct itself.
I try to do primal so 'perfectly' but what I will now concentrate on doing is making it more perfect for me
Looking back I think what worked for me was gradual changes. So breakfast gradually moved to later in the day. Snacks started off as fruit/yoghurt/nuts but changed to just nuts, then later were phased out. Pudding started off dark chocolate/yoghurt/fruit but changed to one portion of fruit one day and 2 pieces of dark chocolate the next day. I didn't really plan this, it just sort of happened.
The reason it takes time to get used to primal and not everyone loses weight at first is because your body will need to heal from any damage it suffered before. It also takes time to get your head around a new way of eating. Every time I eat a delicious meal I say to myself, I can't believe this is not going to make me fat! And when I do my monthly weigh-in I say, I can't believe I've lost weight when I eat so much!
The transition from carb-aholic to fat-aholic has been tricky but I made it work by finding my own way of doing it, which for me has meant focusing more on eating quality foods for healing, and viewing the weight loss as a bonus. Had I been worrying about thing like calorie deficits, macronutrient ratios, meal times etc., I honestly don't think I would have lost 21 lbs in 3 months!
Last edited by CaveWeirdo; 06-02-2012 at 08:39 PM.
This is what I need to be concentrating on much more. Instead of doing it primarily for weight loss goals (and hoping good health is an additional benefit) I need to do it for health reasons with weight loss as the benefit. For some stupid reason I have spent years thinking I can just beat my body into submission but clearly that doesn't work and I honestly don't think I will ever lose the weight and keep it off until I address things more at a cellular level as there is obviously a whole lot more going on inside me than i ever think I will be fully aware of. You just can't go wrong if you are eating this way IMO. I started gaining weight on Primal, freaked out and stopped. Sometimes I think it needs to get worse before it can get better. I have been told that I am malnourished (at 60 pounds overweight!) so I guess when all that healthy primal foods get in, my body ends up craving huge amounts of it and I ended up eating rather huge portions of healthy food (especially fats) and hello weight gain. Too much of anything will obviously not help with gaining weight but obviously my body figured it needs the nutrients! Maybe my body needs some time to realize that this type and quality of food will be coming in on a consistant basis and a day will come when my appetite will decrease to more normal levels. I just need to mentally jump this hurdle so I can continue on to the other side called 'satiety'!
Congratulations on the weight loss!! That is fantastic! I would be stoked to lose that amount in that timeframe!
Last edited by TARNIP; 06-02-2012 at 08:58 PM.
This is exactly what I have been going through. I have put my body through hell for a very long time now (under the assumption that I was healthy and doing everything right by getting in my 10-12 servings of daily grains as per the healthy food pyramid!). I am now going to do things differently by eating really good quality foods when I am hungry and if I happen to eat too much of them, just realize that the time will come when my body will be able to better regulate my appetite just knowing that the good foods will be delivered on a daily basis! After all, if I fail at this what is the alternative? Primal is what I keep coming back to as it just makes too much sense to ignore. I just need to realize that even if it doesn't happen immediately, it will happen! Patience is the key (and unfortunately something I need a lot more of!)