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    Eating too much?

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    Greetings all,

    I'm a newbie and loving it (primal, not being a newbie)

    I am three weeks in and feeling great, dropping fat and all of that shizzle. I am eating when my body tells me it would like food and I've not had any cravings. It's all been 100% primal so far (with a little almond milk slip)

    My day is like this;
    7am, get up and have yoghurt, berries, nuts and seeds. Do a lot of manual lifting and pushing of barrows in mud, walk dogs.
    10am I'm hungry! Had chicken bone broth with kale and green beans. Go and ride some horses.
    1pm. Hungry again! hunk of stilton, bacon and eggs, handful of sprouts (yes, raw. I was waiting for my bacon) Go out and clean paddocks of poo (not mine) and put horses to bed. More pushing of barrows in mud type stuff.
    4pm. Handful of nuts, small piece of cheese. Workout 40 mins (weights and planky type stuff)
    7pm. Bowl of bolognese with buttered broccoli. Strawbs and double cream for afters.
    10pm. Sleep. (very well!)

    I get that if I'm losing fat and I have lots of energy then things are tip-top. I totally get that. But I keep reading about folk eating, like, twice a day! I honestly can't imagine doing that. Will I get there? How long will it take? How long is the proverbial piece of string, right?!

    I don't count calories, I don't weigh myself. I don't do MFP for ratios. It all sends me mad. Should I start? Gaaaah!

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    I eat twice a day, but they are obviously much bigger meals. It kinda just happened over a couple of months that I just made my meals bigger and ate less. Leads to much less time spent in the kitchen, which is nice.

    If you're losing weight, then I wouldn't worry too much, though.

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    sounds to me like you're doing fine. you're eating when you're hungry, and that's a good thing. you may find that you don't get as hungry once you get into things a little more, but stick with listening to your body when it's hungry now. you're active most of the day, and it wants fuel.
    those of us that eat only one or two meals a day are usually obeying our hunger as well, but we don't get hungry. mostly because some of us eat in one meal more than you eat all day.
    you're doing great. just keep doing what you're doing.

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    Keep doing what you're doing (listening to hunger cues) and eventually your body will slip into its own natural IF patterns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesster View Post
    Greetings all,

    I'm a newbie and loving it (primal, not being a newbie)

    I am three weeks in and feeling great, dropping fat and all of that shizzle. I am eating when my body tells me it would like food and I've not had any cravings. It's all been 100% primal so far (with a little almond milk slip)

    My day is like this;
    7am, get up and have yoghurt, berries, nuts and seeds. Do a lot of manual lifting and pushing of barrows in mud, walk dogs.
    10am I'm hungry! Had chicken bone broth with kale and green beans. Go and ride some horses.
    1pm. Hungry again! hunk of stilton, bacon and eggs, handful of sprouts (yes, raw. I was waiting for my bacon) Go out and clean paddocks of poo (not mine) and put horses to bed. More pushing of barrows in mud type stuff.
    4pm. Handful of nuts, small piece of cheese. Workout 40 mins (weights and planky type stuff)
    7pm. Bowl of bolognese with buttered broccoli. Strawbs and double cream for afters.
    10pm. Sleep. (very well!)

    I get that if I'm losing fat and I have lots of energy then things are tip-top. I totally get that. But I keep reading about folk eating, like, twice a day! I honestly can't imagine doing that. Will I get there? How long will it take? How long is the proverbial piece of string, right?!

    I don't count calories, I don't weigh myself. I don't do MFP for ratios. It all sends me mad. Should I start? Gaaaah!
    I am just a newbie, about 6 months in but here is my experience FWIW. I used to eat all day like you described in this post. Now I am quite content eating 3 meals daily with no snacks whatsoever. I can see how others would be just as happy with 2 meals daily. I think the idea is that if you are getting the right macro mix and calories, there simply isn't any need to graze all day. Eg, I wonder how you can be satisfied with your 7 am meal. How much protein and fat did you get? What kind of nuts & seeds are you eating? How many Omega 6's are you eating per day?
    Last edited by Artbuc; 12-06-2012 at 05:25 AM.

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    Is it best to just man up and steam through until I feel stomach-growlingly hungry? Or will it happen naturally, just as you say?

    My way of deciding if I'm hungry or not is imagining eating chicken and broccoli. If I don't like the idea of that then it means it's just nonsense and I'm not properly hungry. Works for me anyway.

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    That sounds good. You can also try drinking a glass of water. If you're still hungry 20-30 minutes later, then you eat.

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    I apologise, I posted my last post before I realised that you'd all responded! Thank you very much, I shall continue to listen to my own cues.

    It's worth mentioning that I am so energised after eating that I literally jump up and down to get back out to work must be a good sign.

    The downside of this is that I'm so chirpy, I sing very loudly when I'm on the yard. I am not a good singer. The horses have taken to wearing cotton wool in their ears. Natch.

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