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[First of all, I have to say: Please, please, PLEASE do not respond by telling me I am lucky not to be fat. I know my metabolism is not typical and other people have different, often worse, problems than I do. Don't hate me because I'm skinny! Please just try to help with the problem that I do have.]<br><br>
I wake up in the morning so hungry that it is hard to fix a bowl of cereal without feeling like I'm about to cry out of desperation to get some calories into me. Some days I wake up before the alarm, even though I'm still sleepy, because I am just too hungry. All day long, I have to eat at least a snack every 2-3 hours. Typically I eat 6 times a day, with a LOT of food at lunch and dinner.<br><br>
When I am hungry and can't get food right away, in less than an hour I feel very dizzy, panicked, headachey, distractible, and tired. The best foods for quick recovery from this feeling are fruit, tomatoes, pasta, and rice. Eating candy (which I've read is the treatment for hypoglycemia) is a disaster, esp. candy with no fat in it; my stomach stops feeling hungry for about 15 minutes, but everything else gets worse.<br><br>
I've been slightly like this since I was a teenager, but I used to be able to go without food from 1pm to 6pm almost every day, to eat about half as many calories as I now eat at lunch or dinner, and to ignore hunger if I was busy and have it go away for a while and not cause me any trouble until it returned a couple hours later. I have always been thin. I am 5'8" and weigh 120 pounds if I don't make an effort to pack in enough calories; the maximum weight I can maintain is about 135.<br><br>
Things changed 3 years ago. First I had pregnancy nausea and had to eat frequently to avoid throwing up. Then I was growing a baby--first inside me, then nursing--so I ate larger portions and more snacks. I gained 25 pounds while pregnant, lost 35 by 6 months postpartum, then slowly got back to about 130 and have stayed there except when sick.<br><br>
My son weaned in April, and I thought my appetite would diminish and/or I'd gain weight. But no. Once in a while I can't finish a lunch or dinner of the size I would've eaten while nursing...but I pack up the leftovers because 2 hours later I'll be crazed with hunger again. I have to have a substantial (about 200 calories) late-afternoon snack EVERY day before I leave work.<br><br>
I have unusually low blood pressure and often feel less dizzy and generally more robust after having some extra salt.<br><br>
I'm mostly vegetarian (fish about twice a month, poultry less often, no red meat) but I make sure to eat at least one big protein-rich thing per day: beans, tofu, eggs, yogurt, etc. I try to eat enough iron and also take a supplement. Veggies and fruits are a big part of my diet, and I realize they're low in caloric density, but I also love pasta and rice (can eat enormous piles of both) and olive oil and nuts and cheese. The balance of foods in my diet has been pretty consistent since about 2 years before pregnancy.<br><br>
My daily life includes a lot of walking (average around 3 miles a day) and stair-climbing and lifting of my 35-pound kid. Other than that and stretching, I don't exercise much. Aside from the kid growing, this too has not changed since well before I started being so hungry.<br><br>
Any idea what's going on here? I just spoke to my doctor and arranged to have my thyroid and iron tested. Anything else I should look into?
 

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It does sound like you're having blood sugar drops. I used to have that (though probably nto as extreme) a lot and it's decreased greatly since I added more healthy fats to my diet. I find nuts REALLY help keep my blood sugar stable and I usually try to have either nuts or eggs at breakfast time. I also find taking CLO helps, and cutting down on grains helps too (though then you really have to boost other foods to keep up calories).
 

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Can you try to eat little bits of protein throughout the day? That can really help keep your blood sugar even.
 

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It sounds like you might have an overactive thyroid and/or hypoglycemia. I'm glad you're getting it checked out. I know that too much soy can often lead to underactive thyroid, but I'm not sure if soy would be beneficial (might slow down the thyroid) or harmful (could mess up normal thyroid function).<br><br>
You may need to eat a diet higher in protein and fat, and lower in carbs. I would try to emphasize the nuts and cheeses and de-emphasize the pasta and rice. Make sure that any starchy foods you eat are paired with fat and protein to balance things out and slow the sugar's release into your system.<br><br>
Just because your current diet was working before doesn't mean that it was ever optimal for your body type. It could be that eating "the wrong diet for you personally" is catching up to you after a few years.
 

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Well the hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, and feeling better after having salt sure point to adrenal function.<br><br>
You probably do need to eat every two hours, something with protein and maybe some fat. The items you listed are a quick sugar fix (fruit, pasta, and rice spike blood sugar pretty quick and although they might make you feel better fast they are actually a bad choice. Something with more protein would be much better).
 

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<span><span style="font-size:large;"><span style="font-family:'Franklin Gothic Medium';"><br>
I am going to second the adrenal fatigue and ( possible)<br>
thyroid issue...if you can find someone to do a salivary<br>
hormone panel do it, if not at least make sure you arent<br>
hyperthyroid.<br><br>
I would agree you need more protien and fat together<br>
because that is what makes you feel full. Are you opposed<br>
to eggs and milk (organic preferrably)?? Because that would<br>
give you all the fat and protein you need !<br><br>
Also...<br><br>
Think Coconut! And Avocado! Eggs, cream and nuts!<br><br>
Your body needs fat and protien must have fat to be<br>
properly assimilated and used.<br><br>
I am also going to recommend a parasite cleanse. It<br>
never hurts to be safe!<br><br><a href="http://www.humaworm.com" target="_blank">www.humaworm.com</a> is a great product, and if you are<br>
allergic to anything on their formula they will custom make<br>
you one no extra charge.<br><br>
so Hormone balance+fat/protein+parasite cleanse.</span></span></span>
 

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Thanks for the ideas!<br><br>
More nuts. That's easy.<br><br>
I love scrambled eggs and eat them at least once a week, but I find that if I eat them without a carb (usually WW toast) my hunger isn't satisfied; I can wait a while trying to feel full, but it never happens. This was also true of meat when I ate it more and, to a lesser extent, dairy. (For example, plain yogurt makes me kind of half-full regardless of quantity, but yogurt with fruit is very satisfying.) Does that mean anything?<br><br>
Why cut down on grains? I understand why to pair them with protein and fat, and I'll pay more attention to that.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Just because your current diet was working before doesn't mean that it was ever optimal for your body type.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Over the years, trying to get help with infrequent menstrual cycles and with tension headaches, I've asked many doctors about my diet...and invariably, they look at me as if I'm crazy and say, "But you're thin! You're doing fine!" and when I persist and start listing things I eat, they interrupt with, "Those are healthy foods! No problems!" And my health insurance says nutritionists are only for people with diabetes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I will look into the salivary hormone panel. There's a new "apothecary" in my neighborhood that I've heard does unusual tests.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Are you opposed to eggs and milk (organic preferrably)?? Because that would give you all the fat and protein you need !</td>
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I'm not opposed at all, eat dairy every day and eggs pretty often, but I don't think that IS giving me enough fat and protein. I hesitate to increase dairy more because of the sat fat and cholesterol (no family history of heart problems, but I have tested with high cholesterol at times) and because it interferes with iron absorption.<br><br>
I would love to eat more avocados, but they are very expensive around here.<br><br>
I'm glad I looked at the link for parasite cleanse, because I thought you meant ingesting parasites to cleanse me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The idea of getting rid of any parasites I may have is much more appealing.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I'm not opposed at all, eat dairy every day and eggs pretty often, but I don't think that IS giving me enough fat and protein. I hesitate to increase dairy more because of the sat fat and cholesterol (no family history of heart problems, but I have tested with high cholesterol at times) and because it interferes with iron absorption.<br><br>
I would love to eat more avocados, but they are very expensive around here.<br><br>
I'm glad I looked at the link for parasite cleanse, because I thought you meant ingesting parasites to cleanse me! The idea of getting rid of any parasites I may have is much more appealing.</td>
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<span><span style="font-family:Georgia;"><b>Don't need to cut down on grains completely, not at all...<br>
just REFINED grains <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, those ones are yucky! And grains<br>
are absorbed and assimilated better with fat, so you are<br>
right on there.<br><br>
Don't worry about saturated fat, there is alot of evidence<br>
that saturated fat and cholesterol consumption do not lead<br>
to heart disease. If you would like some information or links<br>
about that feel free to let me know. What i would worry<br>
about instead is if the fat your are getting has been tampered<br>
with such as Homogenization or Partial Hydrogenation...<br><br>
Many native people around the globe (and let us not<br>
forget the french!) consume tons of sat. fat and cholesterol<br>
and have very low rates of heart disease , the cretians<br>
come to mind. Anyways if that is a worry for you , the<br>
best way to protect against heart disease is a proper<br>
balance between Omega 3 and 6 , and a high consumption<br>
of antioxidants, low consumption of omega 6 and<br>
vegetable oils...stay away from soy oil, safflower oil and<br>
ESP canola oil!<br><br>
Best oils for health and cooking are Coconut,Avocado,<br>
Olive,Palm and Cod Liver Oil ( of course no cooking with<br>
the CLO). Coconut, and Avocado oil are the best for cooking<br>
because of their stable high smoke temperature. They can<br>
be heated to extremely high temperatures w/o breaking<br>
down or changing the structure of the oil. Olive oil is better<br>
used on lower temperatures , and all are extremely good for<br>
skin and your overall health.<br><br>
Btw..<br><br>
I am not trying to get you to eat meat at all, stay with your<br>
lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, it is a very healthy way to eat.<br>
The primitive Swiss where by many accounts lacto-ovo-<br>
vegetarians and were EXTREMELY healthy people. Sorry for<br>
dragging this out so much but I am very passionate about<br>
nutrition and healing . Good luck to you and your DC! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></b></span></span>
 
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