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Old 01-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I am on day 4 of turning my health around...so far it's been unbelievably difficult! My original goal was to start eating healthier and then gradually move up to putting in some exercise time.

What I can't seem to do is stay full! I'm working within my calorie budget and trying to have as many vegetables I can get as well as protein and fibre. But by the time I get home from work, most of my calories have been used, but I'm starving and ready for dinner.

What do I do? I'm really determined to stick with this diet, but I don't want to be hungry all the time!

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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maybe your daily calories are too low to start off with? A lot of people try eating more protein to stay fuller longer.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how many calories are you eating per day? I agree that protein choices will help keep you fuller for a longer period of time! I find, if I have eaten a meal with alot more carbs than anything else, Im starving again within a couple of hours so I try not to do that, whenever possible.

Good luck let us know how its going...
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try to focus on more protein and less carbs. Right now I'm eating up to 1800 calories, which is the suggestion I was given from FD. I'm hoping that it will get easier with time...I honestly think that I'm addicted to sugar because I never feel satisfied until I have carbs or something sweet!
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try to focus on more protein and less carbs. Right now I'm eating up to 1800 calories, which is the suggestion I was given from FD. I'm hoping that it will get easier with time...I honestly think that I'm addicted to sugar because I never feel satisfied until I have carbs or something sweet!
I think I am addicted to sugar as well, and it took a few days to get rid of those cravings. In the past I learned that giving in to the craving (having a little treat) just brought the cravings on more. If I am eating low carb and no sugary treats, voila! no cravings. But it takes a few days (maybe a week) for the withdrawal.

One thing I think is really impt is to be able to distinguish between hunger and cravings.

Also I find that a cup of green tea helps me when I feel like snacking. It seems to take that snacking urge away.

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I think I am addicted to sugar as well, and it took a few days to get rid of those cravings. In the past I learned that giving in to the craving (having a little treat) just brought the cravings on more. If I am eating low carb and no sugary treats, voila! no cravings. But it takes a few days (maybe a week) for the withdrawal.

One thing I think is really impt is to be able to distinguish between hunger and cravings.

Also I find that a cup of green tea helps me when I feel like snacking. It seems to take that snacking urge away.

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I've been hearing a lot of good things about green tea, actually. Maybe I'll give that a shot...I'm also realizing that my cravings don't start until after dinner time. When I'm at work and keeping busy, I don't feel as hungry and when I am I can stick with raw veggies and other low calorie snacks. But, once I go home, and after my dinner, all of a sudden I feel like I could eat everything in the whole house! Maybe I need to continue keeping myself busy until I go to bed for the night...
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I've been hearing a lot of good things about green tea, actually. Maybe I'll give that a shot...I'm also realizing that my cravings don't start until after dinner time. When I'm at work and keeping busy, I don't feel as hungry and when I am I can stick with raw veggies and other low calorie snacks. But, once I go home, and after my dinner, all of a sudden I feel like I could eat everything in the whole house! Maybe I need to continue keeping myself busy until I go to bed for the night...
It's kinda strange for me about the green tea because I don't particularly like it, and I definitely don't crave it! It does not appeal to me at all as far as the snacking urge goes. But for some strange reason by the time I am halfway through and as I finish it I don't want a snack anymore. Even when my husband is sitting next to me eating chips or other junk.
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What time in the morning do you eat breakfast? I am always hungry the week before my period, just hungry all day. Hope you find what works for you.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The smell of green tea puts me off! Plus I'm a coffee drinker, so it's even less appealing! But I guess I should give it a try...can't hurt.

During the week I eat breakfast at 8am and then I'm starving by the time 10am rolls around. I usually eat a bowl of low carb and high protein cereal. I know I should probably eat eggs, but I can't stomach them in the morning!
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