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How many times have you sat down for a nice meal, ate until you were full and then an hour later find your nose in the fridge or cupboards looking for “something” to eat? Because you think you feel hungry already? Maybe your stomach is even growling a bit?
This is a real problem in our overabundant society. Why? Because most of us eat mindlessly, or out of boredom, or we are actually just a bit dehydrated and need a glass of water!
We don’t like to be uncomfortable, and in today’s world we don’t have to be. We do need to start taking responsibility though for all this comfort as the obesity epidemic comes partially from all this comfort!
After a meal, we sometimes feel “hunger pains” and think how can I be hungry already? And off to the fridge we go. When in fact those stomach rumblings can just be, our body digesting and we’ve trained our brains that the least little sign of, what it thinks is hunger, needs to be satisfied. So, we eat that last piece of pie, or grab a couple cookies, bag of chips, or whatever it is that you find and looks good at that moment.
If you know you really shouldn’t be hungry yet. STOP. Go have a glass of water or herbal tea, maybe even 2! Start to retrain your mind and body that not every little uncomfortable feeling you have in your stomach is hunger!
There is nothing wrong with having a snack a couple hours after eating, as long as it’s a healthy snack. This can help keep blood sugars level, and be beneficial, sometimes crucial if you are diabetic in particular or are eating very small meals. Not having enough calories in your body can be just as unhealthy as having too many, and can actually be a huge problem if you’re trying to lose weight as your body goes into what I call “Ethiopian” mode and wants to store every last calorie it can get, in case there are no more.
If you are eating your healthy meals and appropriate portions, and having a healthy snack in between such as an apple or fresh vegetables. Then you likely really aren’t hungry. You just think you are!
Not everyone does feel hunger the same way, but here is a list of actual signs of hunger.
* Lack of concentration
* Irritability or Hangry
* Gurgling, rumbling, growling in your stomach that is uncomfortable
* Feeling of emptiness
Keep in mind that if your stomach is gurgling and rumbling an hour after a meal, it may FEEL like you are hungry, that is what your brain may think, but it more than likely just the digestive process happening and we’ve trained our brain to believe that we’re hungry again, so we eat, and we really don’t need to.
So, the next time you “think” you are hungry, and you know you just ate. Try sipping on some water, a cup of tea, or go do something you enjoy! Hold it off as long as you can, make the brain think about something else, retrain that thinking.
Please note that if you have a health condition that needs you consume calories, an example is diabetes please don’t extend the time between! It is imperative that you follow the diet set out by your dietician! But also, don’t use it as an excuse to eat unhealthy snacks to keep those blood sugars where they need to be.
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Mark & Shelly