How can this be? I eat until I'm full, and sometimes beyond; mostly mono-meals and I feel my belly and abdomen expand, yet at the same time I feel hollow, hungry and almost panicky for more food. What's up with this?
I drink plenty of water in the morn and throughout the day (between 2-3 liters); eat fruit during the day hours (mostly mono meals of blueberries, grapes, apples, oranges, bananas, kiwis, strawberries, pineapples, mangos). and throw in a couple of green smoothies throughout the day. I eat a huge tossed salad with tomatoes, cukes, 1/4 avocado (sometimes), sprouts, baby greens, and spinach - topped with citrus juice for my final meal. I eat about 1,500 - 1,900 calories per day (I'm only 5'). I do drink hot tea each now and again and sometimes decaf coffee - but not on a daily basis - and no connection that I can see. My blood sugars stay fairly consistent between 88-91 pre and post prandial. :)
Has anyone here experienced this before? It feels like real, physical hunger - not emotional. This is really annoying! Any feedback would be most welcome!!
This probably the number one reason I have not been able to stick to 811. I cannot stuff another thing into my stomach yet I still feel an aching, empty hunger sensation.
It is so frustrating.
i know the feeling you are talking about, i think it is because your body is missing something it needs.
my suggestions are this
aim to eat 3000 calories (and do some exercise!), try eating mono meals instead of blending, and start buying some different sorts of fruit and veg so you have some variety
hmmm . . . thanks for the suggestion MR GS, I will give it a try - hard to imagine trying to cram in more fruits than I'm already eating though! I've been doing raw vegan (except for eggs) for quite a while, but only in the past few days doing LF. I'm omitting the oils, nuts and avocado-a-day that I was used to eating. Maybe my body is revolting against the abrupt fat decrease? In the past I would also eat eggs two or three times a week. For sure this is a change - and I've never eaten this much fruit throughout the day - which is down-right glorious! I very much want LFRV to work for me - and believe that it can, just need to iron out the wrinkles and rid the jittery-like hunger sensations that occur even when I'm stuffed.
I already eat mono-meals - except for the salad which is the last meal. Are you suggesting eating mono-meal salad too - like just greens without the added veggies? I'm willing to try anything - I really want to make LFRV a success - just love all the fruits (oh, did I already mention that part? lol!)
Yes, exercise! I hadn't even thought of that as a possible variable in this situation. Finding the time to exercise during work week is a bit more than difficult. I get a fair amt of exercise while at work (I'm an RN) but it isn't the same as consistent, aerobic exercise. I work every other week, 12-13 hour night shift which messes with regular sleep patterns - that could also be part of what's going on. Making time to exercise during my off weeks is not a problem. I'll have to make some banana smoothies to take to work since finding time to actually chew more calories seems unlikely while at work.
Hi Summer - thanks for your input. That's exactly what I'm hoping for - that it will eventually go away. I can put up with almost anything temporarily, so if I can feel fairly confident that this full/hungry/kinda panicky feeling will eventually subside, then it makes it much easier to carry on with LFRV and not feel compelled to add in some oils or nuts.
A few days ago I added in some, well, a lot (!) of raisins. I ate and ate, uh, and ate those darn things until finally feeling the 'heaviness' in my gut which alleviated the hunger/jitters. Problem was that my blood sugars shot up to 143. I don't want to put myself in a position like that again - didn't feel good other than ridding the hunger.
For sure I feel like this if I don't eat enough calories,
You will feel hungry if you don't eat enough calories not food, you can stuff yourself with a lot of food veggies and greens these are voluminous they will fill your belly but you will be hungry later because they are low calorie wise
You are not getting enough calories,1500-1900 is not that much one meal at McDonald (big mac fries and drink is 1400). Think if you just ate that one meal for the whole day you would feel hungry too even if it was those heavy foods. What makes you feel hungry is not the type of foods it all comes down to calories in vs calories out.
Couple of things
How many calories are your green smoothies, smoothies are great way to get more food in and it is easy to make them 1000-1500 meals. You might want to cut back on the greens a little to get more fruit in as you get better add more back in. Make them fruit smoothies and stick with the salad at night
Have staples like bananas and dates to get you calories in supplement with other fruit.
i had a similar experience, mainly when i would eat my salad 'for dinner' i would just be really hungry afterwards and end up still eating more fruit. when i eventually ate enough throughout the day and had my salad for dinner i wouldn't be hungry and happily go to bed on an empty stomach.
when i do some good exercise i find it alot easier to eat heaps of fruit. and when i am feeling full sometimes i will eat a different fruit to really fill up because it tastes better / easier to eat. i like to eat tomatoes alot during the day. also one thing i did also find helpful was to just eat your fruit like normal for breakfast / lunch, but then for say, afternoon tea, just eat as many fresh dates as you can, and then salad for dinner. dates can feel a bit 'empty' to me so i like to keep them for the end of the day.
just have to play around with it and find what works for you, have fun!