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Am I normal(13 posts)

Am I normalJetSpeed
Dec 10, 2003 8:53 AM
I'm 30 yrs. old, 5"9", 141 lbs., and have been a roadie/runner for the past 10-11 years.

I try and eat healthy. Mostly all carbs, low fat, etc.

My problem is I HAVE to eat all day long. If not, I all of the sudden get "gittery" and almost go into a panic-mode to find somthing/ANTHING to eat!

I understand lots of carbs cause a good hard crash, but this is crazy! I don't really know anyone else who has this
problem as badly as me!

PLEASE help, I'm getting more and more worried about this! ANY/ALL comments would be appreciated.
re: Am I normalgf99
Dec 10, 2003 9:03 AM
Your body telling you something's missing, or else some underlying problem, or maybe all in your head. Add some protein and fat to your snacks. Cheese, nuts, canned fish, etc. If you already are, go see the doc.
Dec 10, 2003 10:33 AM
lack of protein (usual for low fat/high carb diet) causes it. Add protein (meats/fish, cheese, nuts, etc) and try to avoid high glycemic foods.
also agreegtscottie
Dec 10, 2003 10:38 AM
Carb diets do this. Add protein and you should be okay. Even an protein shake after your rides will help.
I'm the same way...Fez
Dec 10, 2003 9:05 AM
I got a clean bill of health from my doc but I felt the same way. Have to eat all the time and if I don't, I will sort of come close to a "bonk" during the day.

I have accepted that I have to eat constantly. But I try to reduce the portions so that I am eating frequent, but smaller portions. I try to avoid eating big at one sitting.
Me toodgangi
Dec 10, 2003 5:08 PM
I am also the same in that I have to eat all day long. I am 5'7" and weight 150lbs. My metabolism is very high, so I am sure that has a lot to do with it. If I get hungry, I get grumpy and moody. Much of this has to do with blood sugar levels (not uncommon).

What I found works best for me is to eat 5-6 meals a day. At least 4 of those are high in protein and have some fats (nuts, legumes, etc). I also do a lot of weight training, and my muscles like the regular food intake.

In addition, stay away from foods that are high in "simple" sugars. For your carbs, go for high fiber and you will feel fuller longer.

who knowsterry b
Dec 10, 2003 9:07 AM
I'm 49, 5'11", 154 pounds. Serious cyclist for past 12 years

I try and eat healthy too. Very few carbs, don't think about fat at all, recently lost 17 pounds by following this eating plan.

Used to be a huge carb consumer - big carb breakfast led to being hungry all morning long. Big carb lunch led to energy crash and being hungry all afternoon. Big carb dinner led to carb snacks all evening. I was hungry, all the time.

Not anymore. I eat differently, I now snack on nuts and fruit, I don't have crashes, I have plenty of energy.

We're all different, but changing my eating plan changed me.
Probably, but why not get a physical?Cory
Dec 10, 2003 9:08 AM
I used to be the same way when I was working out hard--I'm 6'4", and couldn't keep my weight over 200 pounds so I could compete in the heavyweight class (those days are loooong gone...). Just to be sure, though, why not get a physical with blood test to see if there's anything going on?
re: Am I normalFatnslow
Dec 10, 2003 9:09 AM
I am no dietitian, but I know someone who had a similar problem, and this is what she was told.

According to her doctor, the carbs she was taking in were not the "right" carbs. Very little of what she was eating was unprocessed and the carbs she was taking in would give her a quick, almost scary burst of energy (she described it as being "jittery" actually) and that would be followed by lethargy. The doctor said to start eating carbs which, in heis words, as close as possible to being in their natural state. In other words, unbleached flour, whole wheat bread, etc. Also, he also told her to cut her sugar intake in half and start eating more pasta and less potatoes.

One thing he did say, however, was that she should incorporate more fats and proteins into her diet. I don't know if you're vegetarian or vegan, but she wasn't and the doctor said that the body needs a certain amount of fat to perform properly. He suggested lean meats, fish, especially steamed fish, olive oil, etc.

She tried it, and she felt much better with no weight gain or loss of energy.
re: Am I normalJetSpeed
Dec 10, 2003 9:22 AM
Understand, keeping my weight down really isn't a problem but, I am worried about fats clogging-up my veins since heart disease is a problem in my family history. That's why I eat so many carbs, plus I can take carb foods on the go w/me.

re: Am I normalgf99
Dec 10, 2003 9:53 AM
Same issue in my family, but not all fats are a problem and some are highly beneficial.

Here's a good link with more than you ever wanted to know about fat.

And get that physical & blood test for your own peace of mind if nothing else.
re: Am I normalTom C
Dec 10, 2003 9:41 AM
Well I'm 52, weigh 125 at 5'9" and been doing this for 25 years and am closing in on 200,000 miles. There isn't a day that goes by that an hour after a meal that I couldn't eat. That doesn't mean that I do. If anything, I simply try to eat a balanced diet. If after the bagel with peanut butter and jam with the cereal, raisins, coffee and juice I still feel hungry, I might have a slice or two of turkey or chicken breast. Over time you find there is a psychological dependence on food as much anything else. Recently I've taken to chewing sugarless gum to address my oral fixations. It seems to work. That and lots of water as tick, tick, tick, I wait for the next meal. But hey do you think animals in the wild are any different? They're always hungry or always could eat. The only animals I've ever seen who eschew food are the domesticated and zoo animals but most of them get, you guessed it, fat.
Sounds like HypoglycemiaCannon
Dec 10, 2003 10:33 PM
I am been diabetic for 13 months now; doc says I am Type 2 (no insulin just oral meds) even though I am 5'9" 150lbs, 23 years old. As I am sure you all know carbs are made into sugar in the body. Thus by eating lots of carbs are getting a greater insulin response from your body to bring the levels down quickly. If you were to eat a diet lower in carbs you should not have this problem as much, though it can still occur. It is important to stay away from foods that are high on the glycemic index. These foods are turned into sugar very quickly causing a spike in Blood sugar, which leads to lots of insulin released, which leads to a crash in blood sugar, which makes you jittery and hungry. An example that is high on the glycemic index would be white bread; the body turns it into sugar very quickly. Try going with whole grains breads, these are low on the glycemic index meaning it takes the body longer to turn them into sugar, thus there will not be a great insulin response, keeping blood sugar more stable.

Most Hypoglycemia can be treated with diet alone. But there are meds the doc can give you as well. In fact one that I have heard of is Metformin, oddly enough it is one of the meds that I take for being diabetic. I think one reason they use it in hypoglycemia cases is that it does not allow your body to absorb all of the carbs, it also stops you liver from putting out so much sugar. This must be to help keep Blood sugar levels stable.

See your doc and a dietician, they can help out!

Here is a link on the glycemic index,