I don’t about you, but I’ve seen so many posts and ads promising “Never Feel Hungry Again,” and can’t help but wince whenever I see them.
Hunger is good. Hunger is our body’s natural and healthy way to communicate it needs nourishment.
In my opinion, any product that promises you’ll never feel hungry again should be looked at with immediate skepticism and quickly ignored.
The fact is we do sometimes feel “hungry” when our hunger is for something much different than food.
I’ve talked about this before, and will continue to – it’s a key problem and I love helping people break through it. Yet these products are trying to “solve” this hunger, when in fact, the only thing they can do is mask it.
So let’s talk about real hunger.
Somedays I eat breakfast and feel fine for hours, other days – eating the same exact foods - I’m ravenous in 2 hours. I’d love to tell you I have an easy 5-step process so this never happens, but the reality is I don’t.
My body simple has different needs at different times. It is changing, evolving, fighting bugs (even when we don’t have symptoms), or maybe recovering from physical or emotional trauma and needs more nourishment.
While I could spend hours telling you why it happens, I think it’s far better to give you tips and tools to manage it.
When our hunger is satisfied, we’re better able to balance our energy levels, hormones (which pay a huge role in - well, everything), weight and even sleep.
Preparation is key:
By planning nutritious, satisfying meals ahead of time and having snacks available (for eating when you need them), you’re half way there.
In my experience, I’ve seen that when people are hungry, they’ll grab whatever food is closest and easiest. The good news is that includes healthy food as well as junk food. So by keeping healthy snacks in your purse, pocket, car, desk – whatever is most accessible to you – you avoid the drive thru or vending machine.
Here are a couple of things you can do (and make a habit) to help get you through those times when hunger is a beast.
Have healthy snacks available, snacks that include Healthy Fat, Fiber and Protein. Some combos to consider:
- Veggies & hummus or string cheese
- Celery & peanut, almond or other nut or seed butter
- Apple with nut butter,
- Fruit with small handful of nuts,
- Berries & plain greek yogurt.
- Kale chips – here’s the recipe I use
Traveling or fresh foods not available? Nuts have it all (protein, healthy fat and fiber).
Get rid of (or at least hide) the junk and keep healthy foods in full view
Proudly display your healthy snacks. Keep nuts and fruit on your counter. In fact, a Cornell University Food and Brand Lab study found that people who kept a fruit bowl in plain sight weighed an average of 13 pounds less than those who didn't. Makes sense to me to keep a bowl of apples, oranges, pears, bananas, kiwi or others in full view! And adding the nuts, or a spoonful of nut butter provides the protein and healthy fat for a satisfying snack.
And don’t forget the fridge. Place prepared veggies (carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices etc.) in full view as the first thing you see when you open the refrigerator.
Wishing you a tamed beast!
P.S. Perhaps you need some guidance beyond hunger? I can help you figure out what might be the derailing your healthy habits. Want to learn more? Let’s have a chat and find out if working together is a good fit. I offer a complimentary session and scheduling is easy with my online booking system: Schedule Now
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