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HELENUK100 Posts: 107
12/9/11 5:21 P

Thanks all for the feedback.

I have upped my protein intake slightly - making sure I'm having a portion with every evening meal - and this week its not as bad.

As I said I do still eat meat - but I use to eat a lot of fatty meat - and whilst I am hitting my fat targets on here now - the difference between what I use to eat must be huge.

I find that meat can take up a huge chunk of my calories in a day - and I only ever consider fresh, lean, organic meats - mainly chicken and turkey - but even so I have to watch the amount I'm eating to stay within my cal limits.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/9/11 3:34 P

I have to second what coral said.. is there some reason you cant eat more meat?

I eat about 1.5 lbs a day on 1750 calories.. so high protein isn't necessarily high calorie.

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12/9/11 2:35 P

Are you sure it's not the fat you're craving from your favorite meat dishes? Huge steaks, bbq ribs, burgers, hotdogs and the like all have mounds of fat. If that's the case, I think it'd be fine if you upped your protein intake a little to fight the craving. Protein is awesome; it's the FAT in fatty protein choices that is not awesome.

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12/9/11 1:01 P

I crave protein too and I eat as much meat as I want. Nothing wrong with a high protein diet as long as you keep the processed meats out.

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12/9/11 12:58 P

I crave protein alot also. I have found the harder i workout or train with weights the more i crave meat. I think its my body telling me i need to up the protein because while workout out hard you body breaks down the protein in the muscle.

I eat alot of vegan protein "chicken" its a great alternative and keep me full. I also have found a great beef supplier called "laura's lean beef" Their is no added hormones, no antibiotics, and i always either 92% or 98% lean.

I have also found if i eat protein at every meral and snack, i don't crave it as much or get late night hunger.

HIP-MOM Posts: 1,744
12/9/11 12:29 P

I always eat raw almonds or make an Organic Raw Hemp Protein shake with almond milk and a banana mixed in it whenever I have my veggies. My shake is 43% Protein, 9 g Fiber pr serving, 630 mg of Omega-3 with SDA, 2280 mg Omega-6 with GLA, All 10 essential amino acids. Here's a link where I buy it:

Have you heard of or considered spirinella? I'm going to buy some soon. It's a superfood. If you watch Food Matters or Food Inc, they talk about it. It's a raw protein source that is way better then meat and nuts (protein wise)

Edited by: HIP-MOM at: 12/9/2011 (12:36)
NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
12/9/11 7:38 A

when you cut down on meat from your diet, what did that do to your fat numbers? because fat helps you feel full. and if a byproduct of switching to lower cal [and likely lower fat] is a sharp decrease in fat grams consumed, it would make a lot of sense that you are craving the fattier meats. not because of the protein issue, but because of the fat. and adding some almonds or an extra drizzle of olive oil could help cut the cravings if that were the case.

also, if the only time you are hungry is right before dinner, plan snack. have something with a little bit of carbs, some fat, some protein and some fiber if you can swing it. doesn't have to be big, something like a hundred or two hundred cals would be more than enough. have it right as you leave work, or the minute you get home [a small portion of yesterday's dinner leftovers that you can just heat and eat quickly works] . that should help a good deal.

12/9/11 1:11 A

You may be low on iron. Beans and many vegetables are high in iron.

NAYPOOIE Posts: 11,915
12/6/11 4:27 P

Sometimes you just want something hot and juicy. Try some hot tea.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/6/11 2:56 P

I do that too. I get most of my protein from nuts and cheese but some from turkey, chicken and tuna but I still sometimes crave protein and I do not know why.

HELENUK100 Posts: 107
12/6/11 2:25 P

Thanks for the reply...however I've always eaten free range and organic meat - and have never fried it and now never marinade pretty certain that's not the issue :)

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12/6/11 1:41 P

If you buy meat that isn't highly processed, such as organic chicken that's free-range with a vegetarian diet before they were marketed, I guarantee you will feel so much better eating that then just some ordinary chicken from the super market heavily marinated and fried.

You can find a variety of meats at your local Whole Foods that haven't been pumped with MSGs or fed strictly on a corn diet, which in turn by eating those kinds of products has a negative affect on your weight and health.

HELENUK100 Posts: 107
12/6/11 12:53 P

So I'm now into week three but am getting some major cravings for protein...or more precisely meat. I haven't cut meat from my diet - but have definitely cut down - but have in turn increased the amount of eggs and seafood I'm eating - as lower cal alternatives.

All I can think about is eating a big pile of ribs or chicken wings lol

Has anyone else experienced this? I haven't craved anything else so far and the only time I'm hungry is the hour or so it takes me to get home from work and cook dinner.

Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.

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