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Offline Cait1221

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Long work hours, college, and paleo- a hard combo to juggle.
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:41:33 PM »
Hello! I saw the food journal tab and I figured why not. It never hurts to keep a food journal to look back and see what you ate and how you felt afterward. I do actually have a question about it.
Today for breakfast, I had 4 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil and left over broccoli walnut salad.
I then had a sweet potato for lunch around 12:30 or so.
By about 5, I was light headed and dizzy and my stomach was hurting with hunger, but I was at work until close (it was crazy busy and we had too much to do with too little help) and didn't have time to get food to eat right away. I forgot my baggie of almonds at home.
Finally I got to take a break and eat around 630. I work in a health food store (though you'd be surprised of the "health food" that we sell in the prepared foods section- which is where I work.) I didn't have much cash on me, and really all I could afford that's paleo was a burger patty over some lettuce with avocado.
I only got a 10 minute break, and unfortunately I was still starving after I ate.
While I hate eating so late at night, when I got home I was so hungry, I ate two decent size pieces of chicken and a full plate of kale salad. I was FINALLY not starving.

When I was starting to feel a little dizzy around 5, I was trying to think of how I could have fixed this situation for the future. It was like I got hit with a wave of insane fatigue. Everything seemed a bit fuzzy and my eyelids were heavy and I felt so dizzy. I couldn't focus very well and I definitely started slowing down in general. I knew that I was going to be rushing from class to work this morning before I left (and naturally I forgot the nuts I had at home), so I made an extra egg for breakfast thinking the protien would hold me over longer- which it obviously didn't since I was so hungry at 1230 when I had the sweet potato- which did fill me up for a little while. Do you think adding meat to my breakfast could have held me over longer? Or maybe having more than just a sweet potato for lunch? I'm just trying to think of how I can prepare better for the next time I have to be out and about from early hours to late in the evening around 10pm. I do usually carry nuts with me to snack on... But when I got home, they were right on the counter where I left them.
I do usually eat more during the day... Lunch is usually a gigantic salad with nuts avocado and whatever meat is available to me- I just didn't have time time today to make it because of classes. It's the first day back to school and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to make this new Tuesday/Thursday 8am-10pm schedule work with my paleo lifestyle.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Long work hours, college, and paleo- a hard combo to juggle.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 08:57:58 PM »
Sweet potatoes are not really paleo; they are a starchy agricultural crops just like grains are.  As such, they do cause an insulin hump and subsequent blood sugar crash.  This likely contributed to the dizziness a few hours later.

Note that being on paleo increases one's insulin sensitivity and can thus increase the severity of the later blood sugar crash after ingestion of a large amount of carbohydrate.  Insufficient hydration can also contribute, of course.

I would also recommend eating fattier meat.  Fat takes longer to digest and thus helps keep one satiated for longer.

Finally, I have found that if I just gut it out and eat nothing - maybe drinking some water - when I get hungry in the middle of the day, the hunger subsides after an hour or so.  At this point I can easily survive on one substantial meal per day.  It may take a while to get to that point, though.

In your particular case, I'd recommend boiling a lot of eggs and taking them to work.  I've found that if I eat two boiled eggs and nothing else but water, it will keep me feeling full for quite a while, although if I have something else with them, strangely they are not as filling.


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Re: Long work hours, college, and paleo- a hard combo to juggle.
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 07:20:52 PM »
I have a paleo cookbook that uses sweet potatoes... I questioned it at it first a couple years ago when I ate paleo, but I love sweet potatoes so I never actually did research on it. I figured they were paleo. Ill be sure to keep that in mind when I do grocery shopping! Thanks! By the way, after today's meals, I completely agree that I need more fats/fattier meats.
Today I had work at 7am at my other more relaxed job, and breakfast was a little rushed so I just made 4 scrambled eggs with coconut oil. I knew I'd be hungry in a couple of hours and I packed some nuts and a huge salad with chicken and an avocado for lunch.
Around 10, my stomach was growling and I ate a couple handfuls of nuts.
12pm is my lunch break at work, I ate maybe 4 bites of my salad and I was full from all the nuts I had already eaten. I also made sure to stay extra hydrated just in case water had to deal with how I felt yesterday.
I didnt eat dinner until around 730, but I was definitely hungry by the time I finished cooking. I had mashed cauliflower, grassfed steak, and sautéed onions, as well as a cut up apple that I dipped in guacamole. (I found the apples and guacamole idea from another person on this site and had to try it and found that its awesome!!) I definitely have a ton of left overs for tomorrow at school.

I have acid reflux, and I started feeling a bit sick around 330 or so. In the past, I've ended up with stomach ulcers (the doctors say the ulcers are a mystery bc there was no known cause for them) and the pain usually gets worse when I'm hungry. I took some perscription medicine and drank a lot of water and it eventually went away. I found that the salad dressing my mother assured me I could eat(she put it in a dressing container for me since we were making lunch at the same time) was made with sugar and soybean oil...- I plan to keep an eye out for which foods make my stomach feel sick- I'm wondering if it was the sugar?

The paleo diet is still a work in progress, but I'm not too far off from being on track I don't think.