Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I am ravenous during evening and night hours. Sometimes I can overcome this devastating 'mouth hunger', sometimes not. When I can't overcome, I actually shovel the food in!
But I am never hungry after sleep. Why is that? If I can learn why, can I use the knowledge to stop my evening hunger?
Maybe the reason I'm not hungry following sleep is because my mental/physical energy is increased; because my mind/body is rested and refreshed. Then I crave mental or physical work or play -- not food.
If true, the question is: Can evening hunger be avoided by means of resting, refreshing, and stimulating my mind/body in some way other than sleep?
How? By a stimulant such as coffee or tea? By meditation? By distraction? By some form of excercise? By nutritional supplements? It is said that leptin, the satiating hormone, can be increased by means of eating ONLY 3 regular meals a day. This has not worked for me!
So far nothing has helped me. Temporarily I can control myself through sheer determination, but this never lasts more than a few weeks at best. And when I fall off the wagon, I fall off big time and for extended periods!
Ah, it is easy to be strong during strong times, not so easy during weak times! Any ideas?