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i am gluten-free and i am hungry. i am always hungry lately. it's really hard to focus and get things done. even when i'm full i still feel hungry. did i mention I AM HUNGRY?? haha.. but really, i was wondering if anyone's found some good foods that help you to feel full. before i went gluten-free if i didn't have some wheat item i couldn't feel full, and now it's started being like that again. i had quinoa once and that did a pretty good job at it. any others?

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Nuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, avocados, meats and cheeses.

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i am gluten-free and i am hungry. i am always hungry lately. it's really hard to focus and get things done. even when i'm full i still feel hungry. did i mention I AM HUNGRY?? haha.. but really, i was wondering if anyone's found some good foods that help you to feel full. before i went gluten-free if i didn't have some wheat item i couldn't feel full, and now it's started being like that again. i had quinoa once and that did a pretty good job at it. any others?

yes and no, most of the store bought stuff is crap. i am constantly nibbling on various things, dry peperoni, yogurt, gluten-free crackers, the secret i've found is lots of small meals. If u werea big eater before u need to change ur way of thinking. Plus i found that big meals leave nme bloated. Try and make most of ur meals yourself.

best of luck

Mike

P.S. Lots of gluten-free receipe sites out there

my favorites

www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com

google karina's kitchen

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To add to the others, peanut butter, beans...

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i am gluten-free and i am hungry. i am always hungry lately. it's really hard to focus and get things done. even when i'm full i still feel hungry. did i mention I AM HUNGRY?? haha.. but really, i was wondering if anyone's found some good foods that help you to feel full. before i went gluten-free if i didn't have some wheat item i couldn't feel full, and now it's started being like that again. i had quinoa once and that did a pretty good job at it. any others?

My experience has been that the more calories you eat, the more it helps. After all, when my hunger phase first started, I had to eat the equivalent of a full meal every hour or two! There was no "snack on small things frequently" there, if I did that, I would have passed out or been rushing for a full dinner or two.

I did learn though that some foods help more than others. Ice cream, though it can contain lots of calories, didn't seem to satisfy as much as other foods. Eat mostly healthy foods - low GI carbs (meaning things that digest more slowly, basically things like whole grain brown rice, fruits and vegetables, etc.) and lots of protein and healthy fat (monounsaturated fat if possible). Those help more than food that gets processed quickly, though if you're super intensely hungry like I was at first, then I say it can't hurt to add a few "quick processing" foods like ice cream to your diet, though you shouldn't rely on them too much.

I've been through the "have to eat every hour" phase, and it's gotten a lot better since then. My hunger is still way too high than it should be, but it's slowly getting better.

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Between each full meal (typically three a day) eat something small...yogurt or nuts...beans...fruit. Whatever you can tolerate, of course.

Not only will this keep your hunger down, but it also keeps your metabolism up. Which really helps when weight loss is desired :) Smaller portions, more often :) I was eating 8 meals a day at one point. I was heavy into fitness and weight lifting then.

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thanks everybody, all those posts are super helpful. i have been resorting to eating a lot of sugar lately (it's terrible, but it takes care of that craving i get because of being hungry, and there's a great deal of it in our house that i actually can eat--unlike most everything else) but i just can't put my body through that any more! i'm going to try to be mindful of all the things you all have said and try and see how that works out...... i'll let you know :)

thanks again!

(if anyone else has more ideas, please do post.... :) )

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thanks everybody, all those posts are super helpful. i have been resorting to eating a lot of sugar lately (it's terrible, but it takes care of that craving i get because of being hungry, and there's a great deal of it in our house that i actually can eat--unlike most everything else) but i just can't put my body through that any more! i'm going to try to be mindful of all the things you all have said and try and see how that works out...... i'll let you know :)

thanks again!

(if anyone else has more ideas, please do post.... :) )

My savior for my hunger was nuts...just plain gluten-free nuts no salt no coatings...especially almonds...they have all that protein and healthy oils that our bodies are craving for.....I am Gluten Free for 6 weeks and I was so hungry I was baking gluten-free Constantly to try to keep up with my hunger. Unfortunately gluten-free Cookies were not what my body was asking for....I learned that the hard way...It seems like I was having wide swings in my blood sugars or something...Then every few hours I began to snack on Cheese Sticks, Yogurt (I can have dairy), almonds, walnuts, peanut butter with gluten-free crackers etc....and felt better...I am still learning to listen to what my body is asking for...it is a learning curve...

So think of Quality not Quantity ...our bodies are craving the good stuff....

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thanks everybody, all those posts are super helpful. i have been resorting to eating a lot of sugar lately (it's terrible, but it takes care of that craving i get because of being hungry, and there's a great deal of it in our house that i actually can eat--unlike most everything else) but i just can't put my body through that any more! i'm going to try to be mindful of all the things you all have said and try and see how that works out...... i'll let you know :)

thanks again!

(if anyone else has more ideas, please do post.... :) )

This very site sells a brand of nutrient-filled vitamins that some say worked really well to help reduce the hunger, by giving the body the nutrients it needed and being easier for Celiacs to digest. They're Pioneer brand vitamins. This site sells them here.

I just got them in the mail yesterday, so I have to try them, but since Celiacs are often vitamin-deficient anyway, and this is supposed to help at least in that department, it can't hurt to try them. Plus it comes with trace minerals and nutrients that the other vitamin brand I'd been taking doesn't have. So if it's supposed to help with hunger, I can believe it. After all, vitamins and nutrients (which occur naturally in food) are what are bodies are craving! That may explain why some foods help more than others - the ones that help most may be the nutrient-rich ones.

A note about vitamins: if you take them in the morning, it's said to help more than if you take them later. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, when your body gets most of the energy it'll keep for the rest of the day (they say if you eat a large breakfast, you won't crave food as much later in the day, though in the case of the "hungry all the time" phase, the difference may not be that large!). So eating the vitamins in the morning could be giving your body the nutrients it wants now, keeping it more satisfied for later. I'd read that somewhere, and it makes sense to me.

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I believe that 3 separate events can trigger hunger: blood sugar drop (which you will get from eating sugar), calorie deficit (which you may have from previously undiagnosed gluten intolerance), and vitamin deficiency (also from gluten intolerance).

If you take the long range approach of getting your body through this, rather than treating it for the moment, you'll focus on healthier foods, and limit or cut out the sugar. Consider vitamin supplements.

As everyone else as suggested, I would also say protein and vegetable fats (avocados). Add other veggies and a few fruits for vitamin variety.

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The only thing that honestly works for me is walking. If I walk at least a mile in the morning before I go to work, I feel less hungry and sometimes do less snacking. I also eat a lot of protein....eggs, deli ham (hormel brand), protein shake and then usually in the pm i need a little sugar. I eat 1-2 bananas, 1 apple in small slices so it feels like i'm eating more. if i eat too many carbs my tummy gets bigger and i don't want that, so keep an eye on that. I also have gotten good at distracting myself from the thought of food, like right now my dinner is getting soggy and I'm still typing :)

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