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  1. Hi, this is my first Whole30 and my first time putting myself out there on this forum for help. I’ve viewed a lot of other posts and comments, help and support, and finally decided to give in. Basically I have been constantly hungry since day 1 and it is now day 24 with no change to my hunger levels. Today is particularly bad with some emotional baggage that I always used to feel creeping back in as well. Prior to starting the Whole30, I had a lot of hypoglycemic symptoms whenever I got hungry. Much to my great pleasure, those symptoms have vanished! I can now feel hungry without the side effects and ignore it. Yay! But I am really tired of feeling hungry all the time, forcing myself to ignore it, and nervous about the “food desperation” sensation that returned today. As I write this, I feel like I want to cry because it is not M3 time yet and I REALLY JUST WANT TO EAT. I even allowed myself a snack this afternoon to try and hold me over. (Homemade chicken salad with mayo, onions, and coconut flakes) What am I don’t wrong? Why am I still hungry all the time? Why are my food emotions raging? Typical day: 5:30am M1: 2 scrambled eggs; mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, coconut milk, and clarified butter; cabbage, apple and onion casserole 11:30am M2: Chicken salad (shredded chicken, mayo, onion); kale; carrot; handful of olives. 6:00pm M3: Chicken meatballs; asparagus; mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, coconut milk, and clarified butter; basil pesto Thanks in advance everyone! PS. Melissa’s advice about writing out how you feel really helped… I feel a bit more in control after writing this. *deep breath*
  2. HELP on snacking

    I am on day 12 and I’ve been doing great! No snacking until yesterday and I’m hungry between meals again today! I’m following the guidelines for how to balance my meals I just need to snack so my stomach stops grumbling! It makes me feel like I’m failing?!?!
  3. Hi, there. I am on day four and just ate the biggest breakfast I've had in years. But now I'm hungry and am trying to hold off snacking :-) Here's what I had 2 slices of frittata (equivalent of three eggs with onion, tomato, potato, mushroom, bell pepper, and spinach), a palm-length chuck of sardine, and half a palm's worth of cut up fruit. And black tea to drink. What should I do differently? A long time ago, I used to not eat a big breakfast because I felt hungry an hour after. More recently, I would eat half a bagel with cream cheese and margarine, and coffee with cream. Then I would graze most of the day at work, starting with a bran muffin about two hours after breakfast. I went on Whole30 because I felt that the carbs weren't filling me up and that I needed more protein. But I had tons of protein today, and still I'm hungry. Thanks for any tips! Barb PS I am drinking a black coffee at the moment (at work). I do have some good (I think) snacks on hand: mixed nuts with a few raisins in there, an olive/veggie antipasto, a boiled egg, and an avocado. Just not sure what to have when. Hoping to go for a run in two or three hours.
  4. Can't fight the hunger pains

    So, I've been struggling with staying full after lunch or dinner. Tonight I had grilled breast of chicken (2 thin sliced), grilled mushrooms red potatos and a small portion of green snap peas. I was hungry 45 min later. Actually, I started craving a desert. I really want to stick to this plan, so any suggestions would be really helpful. Thanks! Stephanie
  5. Hi there, I am on day two of my whole 30 and my stomach has felt empty all day and all day yesterday. I'm eating a lot and making sure I'm getting fat in every meal. I don't even necessarily feel hungry - just this awful annoying empty feeling. Is this normal? Will it go away? Is there anything I can do to make it go away? Any help is appreciated
  6. Hungry but can't eat

    Hi Everyone! I am new the the Whole30 plan and I am on day 3. I'm having a weird issue...I think. I'm hungry but the idea of eating sounds really unappealing to me. I only ate half of my lunch yesterday because I just couldn't bring myself to get the rest down. I only had a small salad for dinner as well. And the thing is, I AM eating things I enjoy and would have gladly eaten before I started this plan. I am hungry and my energy is low as a result but I just cannot eat anything. Additionally, I there is no way I'm dehydrated (as friends have suggested), I drink about 80-100 oz. of water per day and have been for months) Anyone else have this problem?
  7. I am on day 3 of my first Whole30. The first day we got started late, so missed lunch, just had breakfast and dinner (both compliant!) and yesterday we had our full 3 meals. By the middle of my lunch on day 2, I was STUFFED. Like couldn't finish my cobb salad, nor my apple. Today is day 3 and I'm running into the same issue! For breakfast I had a egg scramble casserole with potatoes and bacon with my coffee with coconut milk. No snack, but was getting hungry about a half hour or 45 mins before lunch. I drank a bottle of water, and was fine, so I waited until lunch to roll around and started with my salad with kale, spinach, arugala, chicken, compliant bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and zucchini topped with less than a full serving of Tessamae's Whole30 approved ranch. I didn't even have one slice of my apple before feeling satisfied, but I had a couple slices and forced a few more bites of my salad, and I feel STUFFED. I'm worried I overate. How am I to know if I'm overeating, or when to stop? I'm worried if I eat too much I won't see the results I'm supposed to...but then I'm worried that if I stop eating, I won't have eaten enough, and then I'll be hungry before dinner, requiring me to need a snack. Which is what happened yesterday; I had a handful of almonds and a few baby carrots a few hours after lunch, and about an hour and a half before dinner, even drank another water in that time prior to the snack, but still felt hungry. I don't want this to be an every day thing, and I'm wondering if the amount I'm eating for lunch is what's requiring me to need a snack. Any advice is appreciated!! Thanks!
  8. Hi - I'm so happy on Whole 30 - First real attempt. I'm almost two weeks in and have so many NSV already... but I have one issue. I have long days waking at 5:45am and bed by 10pm. I find I need to snack way too much, with approved snacks. My meals seem big and yet I get very hungry every 2-3 hours. From all I read every states they ARENT hungry. I'm having 4-5 ounces of protein with everymeal, fats and plenty of vegetables and sometimes fruit with my meals. What am I doing wrong that I'm still hungry every 2-3 hours? Thanks for your help
  9. I am on day 19 of my first whole30, and I am still feeling super snacky/ hungry a lot of the time. In an attempt to remedy this, I have been trying to eat a lot of fat. For example, yesterday for breakfast I had two eggs, half of a large avocado, and a banana with almond butter. Lunch was 5 turkey meatballs and a medium sized kale salad with 12 cherry tomatoes (also a large handful of blueberries). Dinner was 5 bones of whole30 compliant baby back ribs (pretty fatty), and asparagus cooked in olive oil. Despite all of this, I have been getting hungry and feeling the need to snack. My main snacks have been pistachios, or a giant carrot (I do not like carrots but they are starting to taste ok actually..), or an apple with almond butter, and the occasional larabar if I am at school and don't have anything else (I am a grad student). At the beginning of this, I felt my body composition was getting better, and my digestion was pretty consistent, but I was even hungrier. As I increased fat, I have started to feel like I am eating too much fat, but I cannot stay full any other way. I also have had slightly worse digestion. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated, as I would be encouraged and delighted to experience this "tigers blood" / "food freedom" that I keep hearing about. Additional info: I am usually a pretty active person, and did my fourth half marathon a couple weeks before starting the whole30. I would normally be running several times a week, however I tore my ACL the very first day of my whole30, and have been unable to do much exercising since. I am sure this is not helping my mood/ results.
  10. Hello Whole30ers! I'm happily on day 34 - completing the whole 30 with varied recipes, delicious food, etc. etc. I was a happy girl! Now that its over, I'm surprised to find that I'm not 'craving' anything major - I don't have cravings for pizza or pad thai, in fact, I've loved what I've been eating the past few weeks - my problem is that I feel I've hit a food rut. I've scoured all the websites I could find with easy recipes, I've read the Whole30 book and recipes in that - i think i'm just tired of the whole30 staples. Does anyone have advice, or has been through this before? I want to keep going for sure- I'm incredibly happy with my results on and off the scale - i'm just tired of the food! All my thanks. lindsey
  11. Craving fat

    I'm on day 12 and at the end of the day today I found myself craving fat. 2 hours after dinner I ate 1/2 an avocado with broccoli and green beans tossed in dressing and a handful of pepitas, and now I feel better. I've been adding plenty of fat to my meals and snacks (I'm a new mom, and still nursing my baby, so I understand snacking to be ok), but does this craving suggest I need to add more? I'm honestly getting a little bored with my proteins, and I would be happy to eat veggies and fat for every meal. Maybe it's just day 12 boredom...
  12. Always Hungry

    Hi all! So this is Day 5 of my Whole 30 journey, I'm doing it mainly with fish and eggs, and feel my portions are good for what's recommended and I'm full when finished with my plate, but within 20 minutes of eating I feel like I'm starving and then feel like I'm starving for like the next few hours. I've been drinking lots of water between meals, not during, and have been really good about not snacking and only having 3 meals a day. I'm not sure if it matters or not but I wanted to mention that I was eating a high-carb vegetarian diet, eating mostly plant based before I started this (lots of grains, sugars, beans, etc) I've had a slight headache since day 2 and get light headed trying to do PiYo, which is only 30 minutes of yoga/Pilates activity. I haven't worked out in 2 days because of it. Is this normal? Any suggestions? I'm really trying hard to not give in as I am positive my hormones are off and would really like to get back to a normal hormone cycle. I appreciate all the info and advice. -Chelsea
  13. I'm on day nine and starting to get frustrated. The first few days I felt like I was stuffing myself with food, so I reduced portion sizes a little and ended up snacking more (all complaint foods) which means I'm eating pretty close to how I was before the whole 30 (only without dairy which was a big part of my diet). I'm currently nursing my 9mo, so I know snacks are allowed, but I'm trying to figure out the right balance of meals/snacks throughout the day. I'm eating until I'm full at meals, but hungry 2-3 hours later and I've needed a snack in the middle of the night for 2 of the last 3 nights. I'm also simultaneously hitting the "my pants feel tighter" and "dreaming of all the foods" phases, so today I'm frustrated. I'd appreciate some feedback on my meals to see if tweaking anything might help even out my appetite. Day 6 M1: sausage, 1/2 avocado, chard, ghee pwo chicken and ravigote Workout pwo chicken and sweet potato M2: spinach, squash, butter lettuce, chicken, carnelized onions, dressing Snack: same as M2, smaller portion M3: salmon, broccoli, avocado Midnight snack: coconut milk and chia 100 oz water Day 7 M1: 3 eggs fried in ghee, red chard, 1/2 avocado M2: 2ozsalmon, 5 mini sausage, broccoli, 2 mini sweet potatoes, ravigote Snack: chicken, asparagus, squash, avocado M3: seared steak, avocado, grilled onions&peppers, sweet potato, salad w/dressing Snack: coconut milk and chia 92 oz water Day 8 M1: 3 eggs, salad, dressing, avocado, pumpkin seeds Snack: piece of bacon M2: spinach salad w/dressing, pork, pineapple salsa M3: pulled pork, zucchini, asparagus, 1/2 avocado M4: chicken ragu, broccoli and chard with ghee Snack: chicken, guacamole, sweet potato Midnight snack: epic bar 96oz water 16oz coconut water
  14. Hi. I have a busy, working, single mom. Today is my first day. I have been planning this for about a month. I am following the 7 day recommended meal plan. Today I started the day feeling pretty good, but around 4 o'clock I was really craving some chocolate or ice cream or something like that. Instead, I laid on the couch and cried for a minute. I have also been feeling hungry for the last few hours even though I keep eating nuts and olives and even had another meal in the afternoon ( frittata and avocado with some blueberries ). I know my body is just going through these expected changes. And my emotions. But it's a little hard and I'm a little nervous. Thanks for listening
  15. Ok, so I've passed the 2 week mark. Still waiting for ANY benefits from whole 30, and all I have is frequent hunger and always feel like I need a nap. I can't work out like I normally do, because I feel so weak and tired. I'm making efforts to get enough protein, even with my established pescatarian diet; LOTS of eggs and fish fillets. Today I broke down and weighed myself, because I just needed some sign that all this deprivation was doing some good. Haven't lost a single pound. What's going on? Am I doing something wrong??
  16. Day 8, Day 8.

    Okay so I'm officially at that "want to sleep all day" phase. I am so the worst timing. I have finals starting in a couple days. Yup, sounds about right. Why can't that "tiger blood" come right about now? I'm also having that "am I really going to make it 30 days?" mindset. I'm only/already on day 8 but I feel like 22 more days is crazy long. I feel like I've been doing this FOREVER already and I'm only a third of the way through. Not the best feeling. I'm still on track and have been creating new food items. I'm enjoying that aspect but man do I want some ice cream right about now. Day 8, not the best.
  17. I am on day 3 and I have been really hungry basically since I started. When I eat I feel like I have eaten too much but then 30 minutes later I feel like I need to eat again. Should I have a snack when I'm hungry or should I try to ignore the cravings? Is it better to eat larger portions at meal times and try not to snack as much or are a few light snacks between meals okay?
  18. I am on day 25 of my first round and I am still struggling with constantly feeling hungry. Background on me: I am 2.5 months post partum for my second baby. With both pregnancies I had gestational diabetes, but it cleared up immediately after delivery. With this pregnancy I was diagnosed with hashimotos (hypothyroidism) and I am on a low dose of medication for it now. I wanted to do the Whole 30 to kick my dessert addiction, get energy and hopefully loose some inches So far, I have the energy, but that's all. My pants still fit the same and I still want sweets. My real struggle is I hardly ever feel satisfied after a meal- I am constantly hungry and because I am nursing I don't want to not snack. I have been eating things like olives, hb egges, guacamole with veggies or apples with almond butter for my snacks. Here is my question- how do I know that I am hungry vs just wanting to eat? I have been checking myself with "would you eat a cucumber/carrots/chicken dinner right now?" And almost always the answer is yes. I only don't want to eat when i'm uncomfortably full- is nursing really driving that or could it be an auto immune thing? I'm a little perplexed on why I don't see results - I for sure thing that I am eating enough (sweet potatoes with two meals usually) I have also recently picked up more physical activity (running & light weights)- I crossfitted through my pregnancy, so I have
  19. I am on day 16. I ate fairly well as a pescatarian and gluten-free before starting (about 1200-1400 calories a day). I have already been though the bloated stage of whole30 which is a stage I am glad not to repeat! I have lost X pounds off my small frame which is fine and not a real concern. My problem is I am thinking about food all the time. When I eat, I think about what to eat next. Between meals I think about eating. I cannot stop thinking about food. I am not thinking about sugar or even cheese that much. Just real food. I am even thinking about a cheeseburger and it has been decades since I had one! Today so far I have had: 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 c strawberries, 1 c unsweetened organic almond milk, 3 T almond chipotle dip, 3 T guacamole, 1/4 c blueberries, a few organic blue potato chips, a banana, a pile of celery and come black decaf coffee. This is more food than I would have eaten in the past at this point in time of the day, although probably less calories. Yesterday I had: 2 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, 1 c kale, banana, 1/4 c strawberries, 2 c zucchini, 1/2 c home made tomato sauce, 1/2 c grapes, 1/2 c mixed roasted nuts (homemade), 2 dates, 1/2 rxbar, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 c almond milk. Again - hungry all the time. I am not really losing weight, so I am getting enough calories. But obsessing over food is not pleasant. Any suggestions?
  20. Can someone help me understand recent changes with my sleep schedule? Almost always, I go to bed about 9:30 and have alarm set for 5:00. In the past, I would always have to hit snooze a time or two before dragging out of bed. The first week of W30, I would wake up fine or even a few minutes before 5:00. But the past week, I'm on day 13, I've been waking up at 3:30am or 4:00am and am usually starving! Like stomach pain hungry! Sometimes I can go back to bed but twice I've had to have a small compliant something to be able to go back to sleep. I eat breakfast at 5:00, lunch at 11:00 and then dinner about 5:00. I'm trying really hard to not snack between meals and for past week or so have been able to be w/out snacks (a huge change as I was a grazer before starting W30 program). I am not hungry when I go to bed. I have very little caffeine (maybe 1/2c of coffee in morning). I have no issues falling asleep. Any ideas? Should I have a snack in mid afternoon and try to have a later dinner? Or have a snack in evening? Or, will this pass? thanks!
  21. Okay I'm on Day 11 and finally getting the hang of this. Still bloated and learned a lot about what I can't eat (even on this program). But I'm still nursing my 13 month old twins and I've noticed they both want to eat more often? I feel like I eat when I'm hungry and was also snacking/grazing in between. I know snacking isn't permitted but I just felt so hungry. I'd eat meals until I was full and then I'd be hungry soon after. I'm totally eating enough and still feel like I don't have much milk. I just started to add second breakfast (like a hobbit lol) and it's sort of helping ease my hunger. Am I crazy or are there any other twin mommies feel this way?
  22. This is day 26 for me. I had not considered quitting until day 24. My cravings have subsided and the gut trouble I was experiencing before I began the plan is gone. I had great energy in week 2 even though I experienced some girl problems (infections and spotting). It's gone downhill from there. By 4pm I'm crashing hard. I'm ravenously hungry. I have a snack, but I don't want to have a full meal because I want to enjoy dinner with my family. At dinner I eat until I am full. But, I still feel this nagging feeling in my body like it is lacking something. I am not satisfied and I don't know why. My workouts are suffering, my family is suffering, and I am mean from mid afternoon on. Yesterday I felt my blood sugar drop about 4 pm. I grabbed a Larabar while grocery shopping and ate it in the parking lot. I never fully recovered. I was exhausted the remainder of the day. I am pre diabetic and hypoglycemic. I saw my doctor this week and she said this is a great way of eating and she suspected if she tested me now I would not show signs of hypoglycemia. What gives? Can I give up? I cannot extend because we are going on vacation for spring break. I want to identify troublesome food before we depart. Help! Two days menu plan below: M1: 3 eggs, coffee with 1/4 cup coconut milk M2: 4 oz turkey patty, 3 cups spinach leaves, 1/8 cup Tessamae cracked pepper dressing S: 1/2 banana, handful salted almonds, 1/2 Apple, 1 meatball with tomato sauce and 1/2 cup spaghetti squash, 1/4 sweet potato M3: chicken stirfry about 2.5-3 cups with coconut aminos and cauliflower fried rIce A Gallon or so of water. M1: 2 eggs, 1 Paleo sausage patty, 1 cup coffee, 1/4 cup coconut milk Post w: 1 egg, a few almonds M2: 6 oz turkey burger on lettuce leaves, mustard, pickles, red onion S: 1/2 cup strawberries, few grapes, Larabar M3: 3 meatballs, tomato sauce, 1 cup spaghetti squash, 2 cups spinach, 1/8 cup Tessamae cracked pepper dressing
  23. Hi, my husband and I are on day 5. Since he has started he is always hungry. He is drinking plenty of water. He says he eats his meals and finishes until he is too full but then 30 min later he is starving. I upped his protein a little. I'm not sure what else I can do. Is this normal? I've been reading a lot and most people say they are never hungry. He says he feels like he has no energy and is drained.
  24. Fellow whole30ers please help! I'm on day 9 of my first whole30 and am hungry all. the. time. I'm trying not to snack because I want to become fat adapted, but can't make it between meals. I drink a lot of water and include lots of fat and protein with each meal. I've tried eating larger meals, but then I feel like I overate (sick and tired with a tummy ache), and usually am still hungry for a snack. I'm also afraid of gaining weight. I always *need* a snack at 10:30am, 3:30pm and when I get home from work. I always *crave* a snack before going to bed. Any ideas of what might be going on? and how important the "limit snacking" piece of the program is? Thanks a bunch!
  25. STARVING!!

    I hope ladyshanny sees this - for background, I have one other post: calorie counting, 21 DSD, and scale. I was told to stop all of it, trust my hunger, stop snacking, and step up my meal size. I was on day 24 when I changed my WHOLE 30 methods, and I'm starving. When I was calorie counting, I allowed myself about 1800 cal/day. And snacks. I also had no fruit or carby vegetables like sweet potato. Because I'm pretty good at estimating calories, I know that I'm eating closer to 2400 a day now. And I'm allowing myself some carbier veggies. And making meals larger, so as not to snack. I am following the meal template. And I'm STARVING!!!!! 2 hours after a meal, my stomach screams at me! My sugar dragon is also more restless. Very restless. And, please someone explain - if Whole 30 is supposed to train my body to burn fat, and I have over 100lbs of fat to lose, how on this green earth, am I not losing weight?? If I followed my body's hunger cues, I'd be eating 3000cal a day, and GAINING FAST! I just want this to work, so bad, and it really isn't, I'm starting to think of Whole 30 as JUST an elimination diet, not a supportable, healthy weightloss and lifestyle maintenance program.