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DRAGONCHILDE
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2/20/13 6:51 P

If you're tired of the way you've been eating them, find a different way to prepare them. :) Roasted vegetables are a great variety-changer. Look for ways to incorporate them with other meals. You don't have to eat them the same way every time!



BUNNYKICKS
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2/20/13 6:13 P

I don't much care for eating plain boiled carrots (I confess I'm fond of green beans, but still wouldn't want them every day!)... but you could try preparing them differently - like chop them up and add them to a soup or chili, or toss them with a bit of olive oil and roast in a hot oven till softened (maybe with a splash of balsamic vinegar, if you have any handy). I also like beans sauteed with tomatoes and topped with a bit of feta cheese (if you have it; salt and pepper if you don't), or with soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil for a salt-fix/chinese food sort of flavour.

As for being legitimately hungry - i bet it took at least a full month before i felt a feeling i recognize from my long distant past as being "hunger." It was interesting, to recognize "oh! I am hungry!" for the first time in forever. Not really a negative terrible feeling at all, which makes me wonder what i was afraid of, that kept me stuffing the food in to avoid ever feeling it, for the last however many years!!



AANIKAFAYE
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2/20/13 5:48 P

Thank you!

I am deffinetly wanting to reach my calorie minimum. I've tried to long starving my self then binging. Its not worth it. I just didn't want to be doing that unintentially again.
I'm glad to kknow that this is normal. I could eat 3 huge meals too so I'm just shocked. I had to force myself to eat lunch and breakfast today. I just wasn't in the mood or something. But I am looking forward to when its my body, not my mind, telling me when its hungry.

I have been meeting my veggies and fruits requirement but I'm starting to get bored of what I have available. I don't go groccery shopping and we aren't going again for 2 weeks. Green beans and carrots are just getting to be bland. My choice selection may be affecting my hunger as well.


Thanks for all the input! I feel much better.



BUNNYKICKS
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2/20/13 5:28 P

Nope, you're probably doing something right! When you start eating good quality nutritious foods, and ditching the refined carbs and processed junk, you do find yourself feeling full or at least not-hungry.

A lot of people seem to go through this in the early days of "eating right" - I have seen it mentioned several times in these forums, and I know that I felt this myself, suddenly i went from being Constantly Starving (I could eat a 1200-calorie fast food lunch and be STARVING 3 hours later, and eat a 1200 calorie dinner, and still be STARVING for a snack before bed), well suddenly all that went away, and i found myself wondering what I should eat to try and bring myself up to my 1200-calorie minimum for the day.... what sorcery is this?! How could I have gone from eating 3 x 1200 calorie meals a day, to barely wanting to eat 1000?

In any case, I think you'll find that this loss of appetite won't last too long, your body will start to let you know when it is feeling TRUE hunger. In the meantime, when you are under your daily range, take a look at your nutrition data for the day, see what you are lowest in, and have a snack that addresses that (i.e. low on protein? have some cheese or a hard boiled egg. Low on calcium? Have some milk. Low on fat? Have some nuts). I would advise against being tempted to eat below your range in an attempt to lose the weight faster, that tends to backfire. Use your calorie allottment to nourish your body with the fuel it needs.



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/20/13 5:28 P

No, you're not doing anything wrong. This is a common reaction to improved quality of nutrition. I had the same issue myself! It was SO difficult to reach my minimums. I think it's because our bodies are so starved for good nutrition that it takes less to trigger our appetites. That doesn't mean we don't need to eat; it is important to hit your minimums... remember that because we've been eating badly for so long, we have basically trained ourselves out of understanding our hunger cues.

When you're having trouble meeting your minimums, you DO need to get more intake, but there's some easy ways to boost calorie intake without adding bulk or overstuff yourself.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593




AANIKAFAYE
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2/20/13 5:08 P

I have been doing well with making healthy eating choices but I've been under my calorie goals. I work out at least for 30 minutes everyday.

I've noticed that I'm eating less, which is great, but I'm not hungry for anything. I feel fine. But I don't want to be making myself sick or something.

I just don't feel hungry. Am I doing something wrong?



 
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