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When Does The Constant Hunger Go Away?


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#1 River*

 
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 01:00 AM

When does the constant hunger go away? I have been gluten free for about 3 months now and still have to eat all through the day? Also, why do we get that constant hunger?
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#2 hermitgirl

 
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 02:58 AM

I wondered the same thing. I can tell you that I don't know when it happens, but all of a sudden you will realize that the hunger is gone. I think it is gradual, so we don't really notice it. I wondered the same thing. Give yourself a few more months to heal before you think about it again. Way easier said than done, but it makes the time go faster.
I have now been gluten free since September, and noticed a couple of months ago that the hunger was no longer controlling my life.
Someone else told me that it is our bodies compensating for lack of nutrients, and as you heal your body doesn't need as much.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:19 AM

:rolleyes: Hi, Hope you don't mind my reply. I know what you mean about the hunger. I have been gluten free for 8 months now and it does get better with time. I also experienced dizziness and weakness during the first 6 months. I found that eating more meat and fish helped. I also ate 6 times a day. I would get shakey as if I was having low blood sugars. I think eating more protien helps. Good luck. Hang in there!!!!


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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:56 AM

I've been gluten-free for ten months and I'm happy to say that I no longer have that "starving" feeling :) Some high-calorie foods that tasted great a few months ago (like a "smoothie" made with a whole can of full-fat coconut milk) are no longer appealing. I'm sure healing has something to do with it. It also helps that I've become used to the gluten-free diet. My house is stocked with plenty of safe food and I can easily shop for more ;) I don't panic wondering where my next meal is going to come from.
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#5 OptimisticMom42

 
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 04:27 AM

High carb foods make me hungry. Protein every 6 to 8 hours and low carb veggies are how I keep my blood sugar level and get rid of that constantly hungry beast.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:54 AM

I also tend to be hypoglycemic so I feel like I'm eating constantly. I am eating frequently. I had to stop comparing my food intake compared to other people.

I have to agree that if you're hungry all the time you should adjust your eating until that passes. I would also recommend uping your protein intake quite a bit with meals and snacks. I eat quite of bit of cheese, meats and have added dietary fats as well. This is helping me to lose weight. I cut back drastically on the carbs and cut out 99% of the sugar, my big problem. I have a smoothie every day and I add full fat coconut milk to that. I eat some avocados and quite a lot of nuts.

Your body down the road may decide to level itself out. At that time you'll notice you are more satisfied and can adjust your eating again. Right now is an adjustment period and you need to go with the flow.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 06:54 AM

When does the constant hunger go away? I have been gluten free for about 3 months now and still have to eat all through the day? Also, why do we get that constant hunger?


My constant hunger has gone away, it took 4 months being COMPLETETLY gluten free. At first I thought I was having having another symptom but then I read it was quite normal since I was starting to absorb nutrents again. I am taking centrum pills. I used to be hungry an hour after having the big daily meals but that has gone away, in fact, I have less amount of food with every meal during the day; my family is impressed since I used to refill my plate everytime I ate.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 02:42 PM

At 3 months, I went from eating constantly to being able to move to big meals with frequent snacks. At 5 months, I stopped taking 2 lunch boxes to work. At 7 months, I stopped needing a large breakfast. Now at 9 months, I have juice or protien shake in the AM, a large lunch, 2 afternoon snacks, and a late large dinner. I sip tea all day as well. Any time I get glutened, after the misery wears off 2 weeks later, I get the famished feeling for 4 days or so, then get back to normal.

best wishes. It keeps getting easier and better.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:13 AM

When does the constant hunger go away? I have been gluten free for about 3 months now and still have to eat all through the day? Also, why do we get that constant hunger?


Eat Steak and Potatoes...then popcorn,then fruit--that oughta quench the hunger !!!
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:37 PM

It's only been two weeks for me and I thought I must be crazy being hungry all of the time. :) Good to know it goes away.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:43 PM

Hi,
My husband had the same problem (constant hunger).
Many people with gluten problem are not very good with "simple(and even complex) carbohydrates" - although most of them are gluten-free. This is probably why you have constant hunger. If you searh online for "Candida" you may get more information. Giving up on simple carbs might be hard at the beginning, but after sometime this constant hunger feeling disappears. Also, the other thing might be "parasites/worms" in your body, they eat the carbs you eat.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:28 AM

HI!

I'm also glad to hear that constant hunger follows with the recovery from celiac disease.

I'm breast feeding a one and a half year old, and I've read that I need carbs for fast energy to produce milk. When I first started the gluten-free diet, about 2.5 months ago, I didn't eat as many carbs, and I felt so famished and sick, spaced out and shaky. Now I'm starting to wonder if adding all these rice cakes and processed gluten-free foods is really necessary after all? Were my initial feelings the regular effects of going gluten free, was it the breast feeding, or was I getting inadvertently glutened and having worse and worse reactions? I just don't know the answers for my case... but still it's good to know that others feel especially hungry. :P
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 08:10 AM

First few weeks of gluten-free one of my first changes was true hunger...I don't think I've been really hungry for a meal in years.

A few weeks after that I became concerned that all the food would result in weight gain...opposite seems to be true...my weight seems to be improving and the dire hunger has subsided a bit...although still eating much more than I ever did before diagnosis. I believe the hunger means my body is actually starting to get something from food and therefore excited to have more!

Very glad to hear the need decreases a bit with time and healing.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:53 AM

odd my reactions were the opposite. I had always been what I thought was hungry when I ate gluten. the first few months gluten free I had little appetite . But a year later now I am starving. Actually for me I think part of it is that this hunger is a new feeling for me. It feels very different. I have found that it also goes away it I eat a little and then wait.
Nuts help a great deal and I keep some in the car at all times so I am not tempted when out. I actually think I am more normal now then I was the first year. I crave odd things like grapefruit and nuts. As opposed to when I mostly craved things wrapped in plastic and other junk food.

Happily losing a pound or so a month!
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#15 tiredofbeingsickandtired

 
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 09:28 AM

I'm taking vitamins, split one pill taking half morning and evening. I'm also taking a probiotic active culture pill 2x a day. If I eat carbs of any kind I always sneak in some kind of protein. My hunger finally subsided, got worse as I had withdrawals... now I eat what I need to get me through the day without the constantly starving feeling.
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