Your breakfast probably contains more insulin stimulating carbohydrate than you can handle, which causes the hunger. This is most likely also setting you up for the appetite control difficulty you’re having throughout the day. The bars you were eating would do the same thing. Try having the same amount of egg whites and cheese but change the carbohydrates to vegetables instead of the oats and berries. Also increase the olive oil to at least 2 teaspoons. If you have you heart set on the oat/berry combo, then try it with 1/3 cup cooked steel cut oats (they’re better for insulin control than old fashioned oats), 1 cup strawberries and a minimum of 2 teaspoons olive oil (or try 1 teaspoon olive oil and a couple spoonfuls of slivered almonds.) With these changes you should be able to get to lunch without significant hunger. This will allow you to eliminate the mid–morning snack you’ve been eating. BTW, good choice to eat a Zone balanced snack when you were hungry. That’s better than waiting it out. If these changes still leave you feeling hungry, try a smaller breakfast (like a Zone bagel with peanut butter or one of the Zone granolas with a bit of yogurt and a few berries) and have a 1 or 2 block snack mid-morning.
You’re currently eating about 15 to 16 blocks daily, which is a bit too much for you needs. Eating too much, even when it’s Zone balanced, could make appetite control difficult because it elevates your insulin levels. I eat about 13 blocks daily. You might get some ideas form the journals I’ve been posting here in the Zone Food forum. Here’s the most recent one: http://www.zonediet.com/Forums/aft/59707
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