How do I handle hunger?
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Today I was asked, "How do you handle hunger? Lately I have been so hungry even though I'm eating 3 meals plus snacks a day and getting all of my calories in! What are good low calorie snacks that will fill you up and keep you full for a while? That's my biggest weakness. I get hungry and then I overeat to try to fill myself up."
I keep low-fat, no-fat yogurts in my fridge at all times. I try to eat slowly and savor like it was ice cream.
And in this weather I discovered I like cooked celery, go figure! And I like to cook it in thinned-out salsa. Yummy, filling, and very few calories - loads of fiber! Add any other low-cal veggies, so many go great with salsa!
I also will eat earlier if I get really hungry. Then I find I am not hungry at regular meal-time so I just let it pass me by. The worst thing I can do is to try to ignore my hunger. As you stated, then I go completely uncontrolled when I sit down to eat. So I try to appease my hunger. Those 100 calorie snacks help a lot but remember to drink plenty of water when you eat them. It will make you feel a lot fuller. I drink hot water often for my sinuses and that helps me too.
I eat my cereal dry and will eat that with "a spoonful of cereal, a drink of water" and repeat until the cereal is gone. Between the cereal and all that water my belly gets really full and I am no longer hungry. And it helps me to drink enough water for the day too!
I hope something will help you through the holidays. But remember, the only thing anyone can expect of you is that you do your best. You aren't going to fail yourself as long as you really do try. And always, always forgive yourself if you have a slip-up.
We are going to get through this, we will do it together!