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berns75

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 10:14
I am hungry. I just had an apple. I was hungry even after I ate oatmeal for breakfast?! I am drinking water and green tea but still feel hungry.

I am determined not to eat until noon but seriously, why am I still hungry?!

I worked out this morning for an hour - but shouldn't my body be used to eating less food by now? It is day 4 of calorie counting.
Katiekinz

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 10:30
Sounds to me like you might just not be eating enough. For breakfast, did you just have a packet of oatmeal? Or was it a bowl of oatmeal with a serving of fruit and then a snack of fruit? I have noticed that I tend to eat more if I don't have a good source of protein, a carb (like fruit), and a healthy fat. A tiny bit of olive oil with an egg (fried egg) would work, but I like poached eggs so I like to have avocado for my healthy fat and then a fruit for carb like an apple or kiwi. That is my breakfast, it's low calorie but keeps me full. With that, you could have a slice of wholegrain bread (depending on your diet) or some oats, it all depends on what's going to keep you fuller longer.

After that I would wait a couple of hours and then have an apple or a veggie like green peppers or celery sticks (maybe with a dab of peanut butter). If you're still new to dieting, it's going to take a while for your body to register when it's a healthy "full" rather than what you're used to eating pre-diet. Just load up on water and make sure your meals are balanced and your body should adjust pretty quickly Smile
MVP0522

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 10:34
A good trick is to drink lots of water. First off it's healthy for you and secondly, sometimes your body will send you messages that might seem like hunger, when in fact all that your body wants is to be hydrated. Another thing to make sure you try is to include something with protein in it. When I do my oatmeal, I cut up about 3 to 4 almonds into small slivers and put that and a teaspoon of honey into it. The almonds will give you some protein which will satisfy more of your body's needs, especially first thing in the morning.
mikefarinha

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 10:55
I had 2 eggs and 2 slices of bacon for breakfast and I'm drinking my coffee with real cream and coconut oil in it. I should be good until lunch.

Hunger is your biological feedback mechanism to let you know that you need food, ignore it at your peril.

Eat fatty foods and you'll stay fuller longer and have more energy.

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
berns75

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:00
Thank you both for your comments. I only had a bowl of oatmeal with nothing else. OK I will remember to have a more "balanced" meal for breakfast.

bwookie

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:32
Drinking caffeine with too little food or between meals makes me hungry and contributes to my hypoglycemia. I would cut the caffeine (green tea) a couple of days and see if your appetite decreases.
lisakp71

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:33
In addition to watching calories or whatever your way of eating entails, it's a great idea to really start paying attention to how different foods make you feel.

Apples make me feel STARVING, like actually hungrier than before I ate, if I eat them by themselves. With some cheese or peanut butter they're fine. Weirdest thing, but I don't fight it anymore now that I know.

You'll probably discover some oddities like that yourself; for sure plain ol' carbs, even with fiber like oatmeal, tend to make most people crave more food.

My experience is like Katiekinz: protein does wonders for helping me feel full for hours. Try to focus on getting a decent amount at every meal, see how that works for you.

Good luck!
Katiekinz

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:37
Mike, how does the coconut oil taste in the coffee? I've never thought to do that
bwookie

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:40
Agreed on the protein - this morning my breakfast was 185 calories. I had an egg white omelette with shredded cheese portobello mushrooms, roma tomatos, guac, sour cream and salsa and it kept me pretty well satisfied for 3 hours. I just got back from break where I ate an 80 calorie cup of veggie soup which I expect to hold me until lunch in a little less than 2 hours. But if I would have had a 300 calorie bowl of cereal for breakfast - I would have been hungry in 2hrs.
mikefarinha

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 12:02
Katiekinz,

I've tried coconut oil in tea and found that it tastes nasty... like it's burnt or something. However, in coffee the only effect seems to be to add a smidgen of sweetness... not a bad thing Smile

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
AdamVIP

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 12:20
I like to switch up my breakfasts now. I usually have a serving of coaches oats (quick cook steel cut) in the morning with a teaspoon of honey and a serving of vanilla creamer. Other days I just rock 3 hard boiled eggs. Both seem to fill me up pretty well but I also only go till its snack time. For morning snack ill have a greek yogurt or carrot sticks.
virgoj3

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 13:01
don't be afraid to change up the breakfast foods either - nothing wrong with having fish or chicken with veggies and a good complex carb in the morning, especially if you know you're not going to be able to eat for a few hours.
lisakp71

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 13:31
Mike, do you use the coconut oil that still tastes like coconut? I do, and I looove it in coffee - but have to add just a bit or else I feel like I'm drinking an oilslick. That always makes me wonder if I'm getting enough to reap any benefit other than the yum. Smile How much do you try to have each day?
mikefarinha

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 16:40
lisakp71,

I get the gold label coconut oil from Tropical Traditions which according to their site uses a more traditional approach to extracting the coconut oil which does leave a lot of flavor.

Since it's cold here my coconut oil is solid so I don't get a good measure of how much I'm getting but I think I put in between 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil. I also add heavy whipping cream (Not Ultra Pasteurized) and mix that in... I don't know if it is just because I'm used to it or not but it doesn't seem to oily to me.

My coffee mug holds about 2.5 cups.

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"
lisakp71

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:18
2-4 Tbsp? 1/4 cup?? Holy crap! Mine just floats on top, so anything more than 1Tbsp and that full layer is the first thing that hits my mouth - looks like I just went hog-wild with a paintbrush & lipgloss or something. Laughing

I'm having to chisel mine out of the jar too! Cracks me up every time. Very Happy
krystynecar

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:25
I have never tried it in coffee - i may have to - i have it with my chicken or sauteed with veggies - add a bit of lime and cilantro and you have a party! I am up in Canada so I need a chisel for mine too!
don't let your struggle become your identity!
GymRatDanvil...

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:39
When dieting, eating smaller meals more frequently helps to a) keep metabolism revved, and b) helps to stave off the hunge pangs. Try small snacks between meals, high in fiber or slow digeting protein to help.
gnat824

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 20:29
Try making your oatmeal with half milk instead of just water- that gives it some extra protein. In addition to eating more protein, I find it works best for to split up my breakfast. I eat half before I leave the house and the rest at 10, 10:30 as my late morning snack. If it's oatmeal, I put it in a glassware container I can take to work and heat up later, or wrap up half my peanut butter or egg on toast. Budgeting a few calories for some nuts late morning might also work- the combination of fat and protein can tide you over. Experiment and see what works for you Smile
- Natalie
mikefarinha

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 23:07
1/4 cup?!?! if you put it that way then it's probably more like 1-2 tablespoons... I'm really bad at eyeballing measurements! How about I put it this way... I put a big gob of it into my coffee Smile

-Mike
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"



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