Psirene Posted August 22, 2013 Share Posted August 22, 2013 Hi everyone. I'm on day 4 of my Whole30, and am having some problems with eating enough. I hope some of you might have some advice. I know you're supposed to aim for three solid meals (with mini meals added in per activity level or need). And that if you find yourself hungry, or snacking, that you should make your meals bigger to avoid such. In the morning, though, I just don't seem to be able to eat very much. Like, I'll have half of what I aimed to, because I feel physically full and food starts to look revolting. Then I'm hungry 2-3 hours later. Rinse, lather, repeat. I have been eating not enough for a very. long. time. Ten years ago, in response to digestive illness, my acupuncturist at the time took me off of coffee, dairy, raw fruits and veg (too hard on my system), and fruit juice. Many years later, it occurred to me that reducing me calories was getting me nowhere (you're overweight? Eat less, duh.), so I tried increasing my calories (which was HARD, and I had to plan the hell out of everything). I increased from 1200/day to 1800/day, 100 cals per week. And I started losing weight, for the first time in my life. Then it was suspected I had candida, so I dropped wheat, sugar, alcohol, dairy (I'd been doing a little non-cow dairy once or twice a week), and most grains. And the good caloric intake fell by the wayside, as did the weight loss. But I was still carb-heavy, so a few years later, I aimed to eat less carbs. I'd already cut out most soy and corn, due to sensitivities. So, here I come into Whole30, where most of those things are SOP. Which is good, because it means y'all get it. But, I still struggle with eating enough. I tracked my meals using MyFitnessPal for the first few days of my whole30, because I wanted to track what I was eating versus how I was feeling. But then I realized that level of detail was screwing me up, because I'd see that I'd only had 1300 cals for the day, but didn't feel I could eat anymore, and was forcing myself beyond comfort to eat more food... gah. So, I've stopped that, and note my foods in a paper journal (just what I ate, not how much, so I can have data for how I feel). From those few days, my breakfasts were about 200-300 cals. Lunch and dinner tend to be better, but breakfast is... tough. Especially tough to eat within an hour of waking. An hour of waking, I'm on the road to work. Before that, I have little time and NO appetite. On the weekends, I usually wake around 8a and breakfast around 1030a, and by then, I can eat a little more. I struggle to eat two eggs with breakfast, and the idea of more than that is ... nauseating. I've even started taking my enzymes again to help with breakfast, and it doesn't seem to be helping. It helps with lunch, but breakfast is still my bane. If I wasn't following whole30, I'd have a small breakfast at 8a, and then another small breakfast at 1030a, lunch at 1-2p, and dinner at 6p. But that doesn't seem to fall in with how whole30 should be done. For reference, I'm 36, 5'3", and 210 lbs as of day 1. Happily I have good curves and my waist-to-hip ratio rocks, even if my BMI doesn't. I _want_ to eat more. I know that my body likes more, better food. But I'm just having problems with the, well, physical aspect of it. Like, I eat, my stomach tells me its full, but sometimes I even still feel hungry, but if I keep eating I feel even fuller. It's very confusing. :/ Halp? Happy to supply more information, just didn't want to write even more of a novel as my first post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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