(Closed) Trying to switch to "real food"..Hungry ALL the time!!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just looking at what you’ve eaten, I’d guess you might need to add some more protein. Try some eggs in the morning? I think “real food” fills you up more because you’re eating full fat products (though there wasn’t alot in your day) and you’re eating a lot of fiber.  Was your rice brown rice?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

Yes definitely normal – give it awhile and your body will calm down. I know I can tend to pig out sometimes and whenever I went on my diets, I would focus on eating fiber – that fills you up very quickly. Drinking lots of water will help – try to drink a glass BEFORE eating anything and go from there.

Personally, the diet your following seems very off to me. I don’t see much protein or really anything. Look into the Eat Clean diet – best one I’ve ever had and is the “closest” thing to “real food”. A whole wheat biscuit with ham or turkey with an egg would be breakfast, or granola, yogurt and berries with a whole wheat toast. Fruit alone for breakfast is just going to make you hungry all day.

Salad for lunch should of had either tilipia or chicken breast with it. You DO need protein just not overboard.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I second the suggestion of adding more protein.  I try to eat 1g of protein for every lb of lean body mass.  That’s 125g=125lbs for me.  It definitely keeps me full.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I’m not familiar with the diet you’re doing and too lazy to look (lol sorry) but I follow a paleo diet mostly and in that theory, most of your energy should come from fat (good fat–no hydrogenated or “fake fats”) and protein. Eggs, nuts, full fat yogurt if you’re eating dairy, seeds, oils on salad, etc. That should help your hunger, but it is also a huge adjustment for your body because when you eat a lot of processed carbs (for example, not saying you do) your body is used to retaining those extra calories as fat, rather than burning the calories you eat from protein and fat as fuel. I hope that makes sense!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

What I read about your day: sugar, sodium, fat, fried

You definitely aren’t getting enough protein, fruit can be high in sugar which causes a crash in energy later as well as hunger. Be careful with the peanut butter as its very high in calories and fat even though it’s good for you in moderation. Your best bet for continued energy and combating hunger throughout the day is to eat 5 small meals, or three meals and two snacks.  They should be about 2-3 hours apart and have a good balance of protein which helps keep you full, and complex carbs which give you energy, eating every 2-3 hours will help keep you from starving, as well as help regulate your blood sugar levels. The MOST important meal is breakfast, where you will set your body up for the rest of the day. In this case you started your day with 100% carbs and natural sugars and spent the rest of the day trying to make up for it. Make sure you incorporate protein into your breakfast, wether its protein powder in a smoothie or peanut butter on an apple etc. It takes time ton figure this stuff out, if we all naturally knew how to earight these days there wouldn’t be such a hugmarket for junk food! Keep up the good work!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m also doing Paleo, and I am hungry all the time!! I’m only five (loooong) days in…no processed, no dairy, no sugar, no carbs?! What am I supposed to eat?? My go to dish has been spinach lettuce with grilled chicken…for some reason I fool myself thinking the chicken makes a huge difference? And lots of water!! Lemon helps…keep going and good luck!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I feel you!  I was vegan for a few years, vegetarian, and than I fell off the wagon and started working 60 hours a week to tired to cook.  Sad that I was McDs twice a day and they knew my name and sauce I liked, etc.

I jumped onto South Beach Phase 1 and my body revolted.  No science in this but because I was so used to eating large portions of carbs, poor protein, fat and sodium my body was used to feeling bloated.  That first week I was soooo hungry.  It takes about 3-4 weeks for your body to adjust.  And after that your taste buds and your body will reject processed food.  Keep with it!

By The Way I agree to add some protein/fat i.e. lentils, raw almonds, tofu, avocados, seitan.  Go heavy on the veggies adding lots of color.  I feel stuffed right now and I had lentil soup, a whole red pepper and a whole avocado.  And it all tasted great!!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

When I switched to all non-processed stuff, I think I felt that way, too. I think you need more protein and fiber. Do you like black beans? Chickpeas? You could add in hummus, or a delicious black bean dip that has tomatoes, salsa, peppers, etc. It’s a great way to get fiber and protein, and the bean dip is chock full of lycopene and a ton of other great stuff.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also agree with the PP that said once you get over the hump your body rejects processed food. I recently ate McDonalds on a road trip and felt like shit afterwards!! I stopped craving dessert and sugars, too – I can only eat a little bit before the sugar becomes too much. It’s funny how your body baselines back and knows what’s bad for it after you’ve detoxed it in a healthy way (ie no insanely bad juice fasts for me!)

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Unfortunately the only thing paleo in what you listed is the kale. You need more protein and more fat (animal fat, not vegetable fat). My fiancé and I switched to paleo last summer and I have never been hungry eating that way, unless I didn’t eat for like twelve hours. Typical food includes a nice hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs with spinach, bell peppers,mushrooms, bacon, and goat cheese (some paleo people say dairy is a no no, YMMV), kale and spinach salad with chicken, mozzarella and balsamic for lunch, and some other meat and veggie combo for dinner or maybe fish. Sounds like an anti diet, but if you eat no processed carbs, no sugar, no pasta, no bread, no rice etc etc etc, you would be amazed at how full you feel, how energetic you are, and how thin you get. I recommend checking out marksdailyapple for some recipes (and some pretty amazing success stories, they are incredibly motivating!). *gets off soapbox*

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

protein. 

carbs fill you up for a short period of time and give you a boost of energy, but protein adds to longer satiety 

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