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11/8/13 8:45 A

Have you considered that you might be getting withdrawal symptoms? Some studies have suggested that some of the ingredients in fast food (like msg) are mildly addictive and can give withdrawal symptoms like headaches, fatigue and grouchiness - this would explain why you feel better when you've just eaten fast food.

In this case... you may have to go cold turkey for a period to get it out of your system!

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11/7/13 1:38 P

Fruits and vegetable are not interchangeable. Most vegetables have minimal carbs (under 10 per serving) while most fruits have a lot more...30+ carbs per serving.

Two cups of fruit, depending on what it is, could throw off your whole diet for the day.

When choosing fruit, try to stick with ones that are high in fiber and lower on the GI scale. Berries, for example, are a good fruit choice.

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FREEDOM151 Posts: 23
11/6/13 7:09 P

I calculated calorie intake of boiled eggs and 2 cups fruit/veg. I don't have enough carb intake per meal according to Yes, I have nuts. Looks like I should be eating more of them in the morning instead of holding off till later in the day. Thank you for your posts. I am now on my way to try a more balanced strategy.

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11/6/13 3:51 P

If you're not depriving yourself, you may not be eating enough to sustain your day plus any extra activity you do. It's not unusual to feel grumpy when you haven't eaten enough.

try increasing your calories to match the amount of physical activity you do each day. Do you eat nuts ? Try having nuts as a snack. You may find the extra protein/healthy fat helps perk up your disposition.

FREEDOM151 Posts: 23
11/6/13 1:12 P

I don't know the calorie intake; I wasn't hungry and used that as my gage. I was like this for a few weeks when I went back to fast food as a result of mood. But now I am back to gaining weight and want to try smoothie/egg substitute again. Minus the grouchiest please.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/6/13 12:58 P

Are you eating enough calories? Making that kind of shift might result in eating under what your body might need to be happy.

How long have you been feeling this way? Perhaps it's just temporary.

FREEDOM151 Posts: 23
11/6/13 12:47 P

I don't feel deprived. I am happy with my boiled eggs and fruit/veg substituting for a fast food meal. I do still eat fast food. Just fewer times a week.

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11/6/13 12:41 P

are you depriving yourself of foods you like?

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FREEDOM151 Posts: 23
11/6/13 12:27 P

I added fruit veg smoothie to diet, cut fast food in half. The word is I am grouchy...unless I have just eaten fast food. Why?

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