Are you really hungry? Do you have hunger pangs? Are you just bored? Let’s find out what’s going on with our bodies.
There are several things that can lead to us thinking we are hungry when we really aren’t. Boredom is a big one for a lot of us. We are accustomed to sitting down to watch TV and feeling like we have to snack while we do it. Stop snacking, and start really listening to your body.
Hunger pangs or pains are real. But, the symptoms are manageable. Symptoms of hunger pangs are cravings, tiredness, lightheadedness, irritability, and a strong desire to eat. And there is plenty you can do to take care of your self to avoid these symptoms.
First, be mindful of the quality of food you are eating. Bad food is going to cause your body to have quick spikes of insulin which means your body is going to think that it’s hungry when really it is a sugar crash. In case you missed my blog on the dangers of sugar, here is a little reminder.
Dehydration can also cause hunger like symptoms. Make sure to stay hydrated. It is commonly recommended that you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.
Lack of sleep is another big cause of hunger like symptoms. Not getting enough sleep can cause a chemical reaction in our brains that cause us to want salty and/or sugary foods. If you are finding it hard to get enough sleep, Aura Body has pharmaceutical grade melatonin that will gently ease you to sleep and not leave you groggy in the morning.
How to Avoid Hunger Pangs
One of the best things we can do to avoid false hunger and hunger pangs is to make sure we hydrate. Drinking water helps your body in so many ways! Staying hydrated helps regulate your bodies hunger signals and so much more. Check out this helpful article for even more ways drinking water is beneficial to your body.
Another great way to avoid hunger pangs is to eat in regular intervals and make sure you are eating nutrient-dense foods. Some examples of nutrient-dense foods are:
Now that you have an idea of some nutrient-dense foods, it’s not hard to implement them into your daily diet. Start by switching from processed grains, to whole grains. Always add more veggies to your meals. Switch from processed deli meat to roasted chicken. Skip the sour cream and replace it with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. And satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit, not candy or other sugary foods.
And finally, the best way to avoid hunger pangs is to be mindful. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or are you just bored? Have you eaten lately? Have you drank enough water throughout the day? Always make sure to track what you’ve eaten during the day and track your water intake as well. Remember, it takes at least 20 minutes for the food you eat to reach your stomach and tell your brain you are full. Eat slowly and be mindful.
Let’s Wrap It Up
I hope that this blog has helped you identify if you are really hungry. Our bodies are complex! Be mindful and listen to your bodies and make good choices. After all, you only get one body, you have to take care of it. If you are struggling and need help on your path to wellness, call us at Aura Body! We have the tools available to help you understand what’s going on within your body. Call us today at (832)804-7948 or book online here.