If you just finished a three course meal and find yourself rummaging through the fridge for more to eat, it could signify something more serious than just a desire to snack. It isn’t always a cause for concern, but in today’s blog, we’ll share the things you should be looking out for and what to do to curb those cravings.
Your Tummy is Trying to Tell You Something
Feeling hungry all the time is pretty normal if you just had an intense workout, if you're pregnant and sometimes if you're having PMS. Typically, though, if it seems that your body keeps telling you that you're hungry, it's probably actually trying to tell you something else. The most common things that trigger your hunger hormone (called ghrelin):
- Poor sleep
- Starchy carbs
- Lack of protein
- A diet deficient in (good) fat
The good news is that all of these triggers can be “reversed” with a little bit of practice. Here are a few tips to get you going:
- Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake, and make sure to drink enough throughout the day
- Focus on getting enough sleep; this will greatly reduce the confusion and brain fog that can occur and lead to poor eating choices.
- Limit your alcohol to one drink a day or less
- Put down the donuts and chips and try healthy fats like Greek yogurt, avocados and eggs instead
- Reduce stress by prepping your outfit and lunch the night before, and listen to calming music on your commute
When to Bring in the Big Guns (aka, your doctor)
Excessive hunger could be a symptom of something serious and shouldn't be ignored. Certain prescription medicines create increased food cravings, as do some diseases and disorders. If you have diabetes, an overactive thyroid, bipolar disorder or some genetic disorders, it is likely to create feelings of hunger as well. Make sure to see your doctor or care provider if it lasts for more than a few days.
By creating healthy options in your diet and lifestyle, it'll be easier to identify your excessive hunger triggers. Listen to your body and adjust your daily activities accordingly.