I always appreciate reading that others are in the same boat as me! The super-strict diet, die-off symptoms, bizarre shopping habits… they can all seem very isolating.
I’ve also been grappling with severe hunger… while I barely have any cravings per se, I can tell that if I ate more carbs (esp. ones like rice and bread that aren’t allowed) I’d feel much fuller and have more energy. Five weeks in and I haven’t caved once. Initially I ate a handful of nuts when things got bad, but since discovering this forum I’ve learned to cut those out. So now, whenever I feel the hunger pains… I just keep eating (and eating and eating). While I try to eat lots of veggies, they don’t really do anything, so I just end up consuming massive amounts of protein. I’m talking grilled chicken as a late afternoon snack, followed by fish fillets for dinner, followed by four fried eggs to help round things off. I still usually don’t feel “full” by doing this, but it does take the edge off.
On the plus side this has helped prevent me from losing weight, but should I really be doing this? Am I somehow sabotaging my efforts by overdoing the protein?