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    Why am I so HUNGRY all the time?!!!

    I'm hoping someone, anyone can help me shed some light on my constant feelings of real, tummy grumbling hunger. I'm 33, female, 5'4ish, 115lbs, no health issues or concerns, other than hunger. I Crossfit 2x/week, walk 2-3 hours, and throw in the occasional yoga class. I've been Primal since 11/11, and haven't had this issue until the last few weeks, since finishing a Whole30 last month.
    I'm pretty certain that I eat enough, my weight has not changed since I started Crossfit this May.

    Typical menu for the day, which happens to be today's meal plan:

    Coffee with coconut oil
    3 eggs cooked in ghee (had to choke some of it down, it's really difficult for me to eat more than 2 eggs at a time)
    6 slices bacon
    Avocado

    BAS with EVOO and balsamic
    4 oz skirt steak
    Goat cheese

    1.5 apples
    Cashews

    If I cared to weigh and add up my calories, it's around 2000, mostly from fats. I ate breakfast around 9:45am, and I'm hungry AGAIN now, only 2.5 hours later. This is pretty typical for me right now. I'm trying to save $$$ and only have 2 meals a day, but this hunger just ain't gonna cut it.

    Any insight would be appreciated very much!
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    Maybe you are not eating enough to fuel so much exercise.
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    Standard question I ask females if they are suddenly hungry or tired beyond norms: could you be pregnant?

    Also, if you just came off a Whole30, did you fall into any same meal all the time habits, to make things easier? You might be missing out on something and your body is trying to get you to eat it. (And no, sadly Snickers are not an essential nutrient.)

    Any new stress in your life?

    That's all I've got.

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    Have you ever eliminated fruit and fresh dairy completely? Fruit are huge hunger triggers for me, I feel far less hungry without fruit and high fructose vegetables. Fresh dairy also rises hunger levels in some people. Try it for a few weeks and see if the hunger goes down. I would also replace cashews with macs or Brazils. Cashews are iirc sweeter.

    Also, I find that drinking broth helps a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    I would also replace cashews with macs or Brazils. Cashews are iirc sweeter.

    Also, I find that drinking broth helps a lot.
    Cashews are my guilty pleasure right now. But they're probably not the best choice, even soaked. Broth is a great idea. I prefer miso, would that be an acceptable substitute?
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    I need to add that my stress levels and sleep are adequate. 7-8.5 hours a night. Though sometimes, about once a week, I get shorted a few hours.
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    I don't feel like I exercise very much, actually. I'd rather do more, but I'm afraid I'll get even hungrier!
    Pregnancy is highly unlikely, since I've had my period this month and am on BC.
    I did eliminate all dairy for 30 days, save ghee, and really liked the way I felt. I've been slowly adding it back in, bit by bit. Maybe that's an issue. Oh, goat cheese, why have you forsaken me?!!!
    I do need to cut the fruit. Would something like yams and squash be better for carbs? Low carb totally wipes me out. I'm considering trying <50g carbs a day again, maybe I'll tolerate it better.

    Good ideas everyone, keep 'em coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieScreams View Post
    I
    Coffee with coconut oil
    3 eggs cooked in ghee (had to choke some of it down, it's really difficult for me to eat more than 2 eggs at a time)
    6 slices bacon
    Avocado

    ... I'm hungry AGAIN now, only 2.5 hours later.
    Can you get some labs, Sophie?

    I've no idea why you would be experiencing what you are. I can see that you might not be eating enough across the whole day, but is that relevant to what you experience just then at that time of day so soon after eating that? I think a meal such as you just described there should absolutely kill hunger for hours and would for most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    Can you get some labs, Sophie?

    I've no idea why you would be experiencing what you are. I can see that you might not be eating enough across the whole day, but is that relevant to what you experience just then at that time of day so soon after eating that? I think a meal such as you just described there should absolutely kill hunger for hours and would for most people.
    This breakfast, in a slightly smaller quantity, used to squash my appetite for hours. I don't have any other issues or concerns, or I would be getting some lab work done.

    Thank you everyone, these are all great suggestions! We're all so smart, must be all those artery-clogging saturated fats.

    I'm going to eliminate the extra dairy, mostly cow's milk cheese, and only eat fruit on Crossfit days. Rice makes me ravenous, but a daily yam or some butternut squash wouldn't hurt. I also added alcohol back in this month. Maybe that's the biggest culprit of them all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieScreams View Post
    This breakfast, in a slightly smaller quantity, used to squash my appetite for hours. I don't have any other issues or concerns, or I would be getting some lab work done.

    Thank you everyone, these are all great suggestions! We're all so smart, must be all those artery-clogging saturated fats.

    I'm going to eliminate the extra dairy, mostly cow's milk cheese, and only eat fruit on Crossfit days. Rice makes me ravenous, but a daily yam or some butternut squash wouldn't hurt. I also added alcohol back in this month. Maybe that's the biggest culprit of them all...
    Alcohol affects my sleep, negatively. iIf you are drinking some you may be getting hunger signals, that are actually tired signals.

    Jennifer

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