Is it "mouth hunger" or stomach hunger? Sometimes I know I can't be truly hungry, but I want something anyway. Maybe it is something my body craves because it needs a certain nutrient I am lacking, or maybe it is just a craving for some "bad" food that I have eradicated from my diet. Who would have thought that being "hungry" needed so much analysis??
Lack of fibre and protien is definitely not a problem. And I'm working at eliminating "white" foods from my life.
I've been having eggs for breakfast, yesterday it was with avocado, today with lentils.
Lunch yesterday was a huge salad with fresh turkey, egg, loads of veggies and a oil/vinegar dressing.
Supper was a huge stirfry with steak, black beans, tons of veggies, and salsa. Seriously more food on my plate than I ever used to eat, that I felt truly full afterwards (just shy of stuffed actually)
Snacks were almonds, almond butter and celery, and a glass of red wine.
I even got 10 glasses of water, and take vitamin and calcium suppliments.
I think it must be psychological.... I need to figure out how to deal with it though.
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What did you have to eat ? It's possible that if you ate foods that were high in sugar, the spiking and crashing of your blood sugar would cause you to crave more food. Example, if you have a yogurt for breakfast, some yogurts can contain 20+ grams of sugar. That's FIVE teaspoons of sugar. So, if you ate foods that spiked your blood sugar, yes, you could still feel hungry even if you ate plenty of food.
One thing to do is try to eat foods that are high in fiber. Fiber is sating and helps keep you full longer. It also helps keep your blood sugar levels stable because fiber is slow to digest. For breakfast, consider having a high fiber, high protein cereal like Kashi Go Lean or even Fiber One with some fresh fruit. You could even have a couple of eggs and a slice of ham with a piece of whole wheat toast.
Speaking of toast, if you use white bread, consider trying whole wheat instead. Whole wheat is high in fiber.
Not knowing what you ate for breakfast, I would try eating more foods that were high in fiber as well as foods with some protein. Protein and fiber help keep you full for longer.
I totally know that feeling, and if you follow it, you go into overstuffed/can't move for like an hour mode. For me at least I know when I have that conflicting feeling, it's a case of mind over matter. If you FEEL full and you know you consumed enough calories to fuel your body then your simultaneous feeling of hunger is whatever else feels like it needs to be fed. For some it's an emotional attachment to the food that you've developed, for others, like me, it's a boredom association with food. But listen to your body, focus on that, and your mind and emotions will start to listen to it too!
Here's a few steps that I try out when I am having the same problem: -eat slowly, 23 chews per bite, breathe between bites, relax, focus, smell the food. Really s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the process of eating. -maybe you could start to do 5-6 small meals per day, that way both your mind and body feel like they're being fed more even if it's the same amount of calories -and if all else fails I sort of treat it the same way as I do with a break up. Eat the food, fuel your body, and move on. Once your done eating, immediately do something else to distract yourself. Physical activity, perhaps go for a walk after lunch and dinner, or go right back to work, check your emails, make a phone call to an old friend. Whatever it takes to move on from the meal!! It was yummy, it fueled you, and now you're going to use that fuel!
But yeah, if you feel full then you are full. Definitely listen to your body!
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