Suddenly Starving!? What gives?
Lately I have been STARVING. All. The. Time. Sometimes even within 20 minutes of eating my tummy is rumbling and begging for food again. I am not a snacker, I eat 3 times a day, and for a long time (over a year now) I've been perfectly content with that, often even IFing on weekends or busy work days with no serious hunger pangs.
For the past, oh, 5 days or so, I have been ravenously hungry. I wake up STARVING like a gnawing monster in my tummy at 2 am, I am hungry within minutes of breakfast. I started upping my food intake just to stave off the hunger yet it's still happening!
My food this week looks like this:
Breakfast: Sausage and egg quiche, 1-2 slices
Lunch: Big Box romaine salad, chicken, hard boiled egg, dressing
Dinner: Traditional Shepard's Pie, lamb and veggies in a savory sauce topped with home made mashed tatos
I drink between 40 and 80 oz of water a day, and occasionally have a couple squares of dark chocolate or a cookie at work.
Yesterday I was so insanely hungry and almost blood sugar crashy (a feeling I haven't experienced since going Primal) that I decided enough was enough. I went to the store and bought a pound of bacon, a glass bottle of local full fat milk, a half dozen MORE eggs. I hard boiled them so I could have 2 eggs with my lunch salad, and fried up ALL the bacon and put it in baggies with my breakfast and lunch foods. I also bought fruit!
I ate about 3 slices of bacon AND a heaping serving of shepards pie AND about 8 ounces of milk at 8 PM... and at 2 AM I woke feeling almost nauseated from hunger.
So today for breakfast I had: I slice sausage egg quiche, 2 pieces bacon, 1 apple, 1 cup coffee, 16 oz water...
AND I AM FRELLING STARVING. Less than 45 minutes later. I honestly don't know how I am going to make it to lunch at 1. Wth is going on?
Other things about me you may want to know: I'm 29, female, 5'9", weigh around 310, perpetually trying for weight loss but not really making any progress there, entirely sedentary lifestyle (I doubt exercise would help my sudden hunger anyway :P), BMR is apparently: 2191.5 - I don't eat anywhere near that generally.
Note: last week I ate exactly the same menu, swap shepards pie for turkey/beef chilli, and did not have this problem.
Thanks for that, captain obvious. :P
Originally Posted by JackieKessler
I can't "just eat more" because A) I'm at work and school and the only food available is crap B) I'm already spending something like 100 dollars a week to feed myself the best quality fruits, meats, and vegetables and frankly I can't afford to eat more C) I am already eating more than normal, as mentioned.
Well, I think there are three possiblities at work here...
Originally Posted by qqemokitty
1. You are not really hungry but just think you are - I think this is not true given you having been doing this a year and have a rumbling stomach etc (ie. real hunger not just thinking you are hungry).
2. You are not eating enough - a possibility (though I do not know your caloric/food needs). You could try adding in more eggs or other cheap primal foods to see if that makes a difference without breaking the bank. Of course, you would need to plan ahead for this contingency by having this food available at work and school.
3. You have some nutritional deficiency which is causing the body to crave food to fill said need - perhaps magnesium or god knows what. I have seen this idea bandied around a lot on the forums lately. Your body craves iodine or fat or someother macro/micro and thus you want to eat. Again, not saying it is true, merely that it has come up lately in various posts.
I know I have days where I can eat the ass-end out of a rhino. I will seriously be hungry all day. The last time it occured I ate something like 4,500 - 5,000 calories. It was all good, primal food but I really 'needed' food. That was about a month ago and has not happened since. Sometimes your body might just want a good gorge day. *shrugs - just one dude's opinion*
OMG this made me snort with laughter, thanks. xD Yeah it's possible that I have some deficiency. I also take a multi vitamin but it's not a very good one, maybe I need to supplement more or something. I know I don't eat a very good variety of veggies nor do I enjoy organ meats or fish. That being said, I never have done those things and until now, did not have this problem.
Originally Posted by canio6
This may be it. I think I am entering PMS days. Though in the past, PMS usually assaulted me with cravings and emo-weeping, maybe now it has decided I will just be HUNGRY FOREVER. :P
Originally Posted by unchatenfrance
I am not rushing to the junk food, I am just not-so-silently suffering. xD
Originally Posted by canio6
(don't click that during a meal)
I'd have days like this too, where I'd just have to eat and eat and eat. At the time I was making sure it was all good food, but I'd just stuff myself like mad to get rid of the hunger. I'd usually end up with a few lighter days afterwards, I guess as my body was averaging things out on its own.
I also have this weird thing quite often though, where I swear I'm starving, and if I just ignore it and have some green tea, it ends up going away. (assuming I actually have eaten enough)
For me it's just one of those strange things that happens, and it's not always the same each time. *shrug*
Yup, that about sums it up. I ate a ton that one day and then very lightly the next 2. If it is just 'boredom' hunger as in, "Eh, I am kinda hungry, but wait, didn't I just eat 2 hours ago?" I blunt it with tea or coffee and it goes away. On rare occasions though, my body just says, "eat g*ddamn it, eat." This is generally if I have been lower on the calorie range for a week or three, which sometimes happens.
Originally Posted by Bane
TOM? I usually have a few days before D-Day where I am a bottomless pit. I do not have cravings (except some chocolate), it's that my stomach keeps begging me for food. It gets to the point where I don't even know what to eat anymore. I just roll with it, and so should you as best as you can.
The body can be a b!tch sometimes.
I think there's something seasonal about it. I've been hungrier lately too. Maybe bring cheese or nuts to work?
I used to get days like this. I just learned to deal with it and it passed. Clearly you are eating enough so you won't die of starvation.
Caution! My replies may contain traces of nuts!. My posts are just my opinion based on my experience with the primal way of life, there is no assurance it will work with others in the same way.
Started Primal 15th October 2012
Start weight 200lb
Loss so far 33.8lbs, now 166.2lb
Goal was 168lb's