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    Adjusting to fewer meals per day- any tips?

    Hi all,

    I'm fairly new to primal and i'm the classic hypoglycemic, 6 mini meals per day person. I have trouble going more than 2-3 hours without eating. I want to switch to fewer meals per day (3 is realistic for now), but i'm obviously still running on sugar because I crash If I go too long (even if my last meal was big).

    Does anyone have tips on how to transition? Should I let myself snack or should I go cold turkey to 3 meals and let my blood sugar drop in between until it adjusts to the new diet? Anyone go through this before?

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    Where do you stand on daily calories and macros? Are you trying to lose weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Where do you stand on daily calories and macros? Are you trying to lose weight?
    Yes, trying to lose weight. I have hypothyroid also. I maintain on 2100-2000 cal (which is what i'm eating for now while I adjust to primal eating). I have fat at 100 +g, protein ~130-140g, and carbs 150ish

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    Eat more fat with your meals. For me, I particularly had to have a fatty fried breakfast to not get hungry during the day.
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    I too am slowly transitioning to this. I find that eating larger meals with a higher fat content really helps. I keep making enough for leftovers then end up eating it all. Maybe start with 3 major meals and 1 snack. That seems to be a good balance for me. Also since I am so used to frequent snacking I try and stop myself and ask if I am really hungry. I make myself eat a hard boiled egg if I am. Helps curb carb cravings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firetiger View Post
    I too am slowly transitioning to this. I find that eating larger meals with a higher fat content really helps. I keep making enough for leftovers then end up eating it all. Maybe start with 3 major meals and 1 snack. That seems to be a good balance for me. Also since I am so used to frequent snacking I try and stop myself and ask if I am really hungry. I make myself eat a hard boiled egg if I am. Helps curb carb cravings.
    What I was going to suggest also. Make your meals substantial enough so as not to need to eat again for several hours.

    Eggs for breakfast seem to sustain me the best, then either dinner leftovers or a big salad including chicken or ham at lunch.

    Then depending on if dinner is early or late, fit in a snack for afternoon tea or supper (not both).

    I suggest lowering carbs a bit more if trying to lose weight.

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    Are you sure your problem is hypoglycemia? Are you measuring blood sugar? I thought I needed to eat more often, but as I pushed myself, I found the issue was psychological, rather than physical. It can be hard to distinguish if you are accustomed to years of snacking. Even now that I am down to mostly just 3 meals a day and pushing breakfast to 10am or later, I sometimes feel very hungry when I am planning to wait, and yet nothing bad happens if I just push on through. I find too that choosing not to eat is easier if I am physically busy. Shopping and house/yard work are very helpful. My job is the worst, because it's mostly mental busyness. Sometimes I indulge my hunger and sometimes not. It's been a slow, but not too painful process. I think imagining that you "need" to eat is probably the least helpful thing you can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraSB View Post
    nothing bad happens if I just push on through. I find too that choosing not to eat is easier if I am physically busy.
    too true.

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    Physical activity helps keep hunger at bay.

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    I also say push through, maybe replace your snack time with doing something else, but if you are genuinely feeling hungry, first try a glass of water and then if you still feel you need something because you didn't eat enough protein/fat with your meal, then I found a spoon of coconut oil or coconut manna did the trick to just keep my nicely going until the next meal.
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