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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."

My reply:

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!
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  • JAT1986
    Good tips...thanks for posting!
    3300 days ago
    good tips!! i get really hungry sometimes, and it's really hard to keep myself under calories when you're hungry
    3300 days ago
    Thanks for this blog. Great Suggestions!
    3301 days ago
    Great suggestions!!!

    Since I've changed my habits ~ I've been waking with a growling stomach (a totally new sensation). I fullfill my needs with a protein for breakfast ~ either a broccoli omelet OR chicken, rice & broccoli.

    I'm also eating smaller portioned meals 5 to 6 times daily (about every 3-4 hours). And if I take a couple days to prepare snacks that are readily available, I have less chance of straying to something less favorable.

    3301 days ago
    I really liked this blog! You have passed on some really good ideas. Thanks for enlightening me emoticon
    3301 days ago
    What a great blog. Thank you for all you do!

    3301 days ago
    You are a very inspirational writer! Thanks for posting this blog!

    I agree - those days when you think you will never stop feeling hungry ARE AWFUL!! I try to eat high protein high fiber with lots of water on those days....but sometimes I just blow it. You just have to pick yourself up and start again the next day.

    My new favorite saying is, "This is not a diet it is a life style change. Diets come to an end but life is what you make of it!"

    3301 days ago
    emoticon blog and good ideas
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    3301 days ago
  • MARTY19
    I love taking a wrap, adding 1 slice of cheese, any veggie, wrapping it up and nuking it. This is a long lasting breakfast for me.

    3301 days ago
    Great idea!!!

    3301 days ago
    Great Advice
    3301 days ago
    I love fruits and veggies as well, and you are so right about drinking water with them to make you feel fuller. Also getting enough protein and fiber in the mornings and lunch time will help stave off cravings later in the evening. Also if you avoid sodas you will feel less hungry as well. Sweet foods and drinks tend to cause you to want more food later. They act as appetite triggers. Interesting HUH!!!!

    3301 days ago
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