I admit it, I could eat all they long. I love food, all about it, the story behind, the science of it, the texture, the different flavours, the colours, the feelings it transmit me…
I’ve always been a snacker, I tend to eat small portions many times a day. If you see me you would say I’m always ruminating. And there is not a problem about it, if you do it consciously and enjoy it.
The problem comes when we have a bad relationship with food, when we use food to hide, to compensate unbalance in our life, as an answer to anxiety…
Many clients come to me lamenting that they are always hungry even they have ‘proper’ meals. If you feel the need to constantly snack between meals, it’s probably linked to how and what you are eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS HUNGRY?
You don’t drink enough water
When your body is dehydrated, often mistakes thirst for hunger. So have a big glass of water net time you feel like snacking and see what happens!
You are not eating enough protein
Doesn’t matter if it is plant-based or comes from a sustainable organic animal source. There are studies showing that people who consume a higher amount of protein during the day, report feeling fuller for longer and having fewer thoughts about food in general.
You don’t eat enough healthy fats
Healthy fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and nuts) keeps you satisfied and satiated because takes longer for your stomach to digest it.
Also if you are one of those choosing low-fat options, you must know that those products are often filled with sugar. Fat gives taste and because it is taken out, they use sugar to make up for that lack of taste. So please, ditch those low-fat products for full fat versions, they are more energy-dense so you will only consume a small amount to feel satisfied!
You are eating too much sugar
When you consume high sugar foods, your brain is not able to say stop. Decrease the production of leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full) and increase the production of ghreling (the hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry).
You don’t practice mindful eating
Make the eating moment a ritual, not tv, not mobile, without technological distractions. Imagine your are in a quiz show and have to describe with all details what you are eating. Think about what is behind the food, the singular ingredients, the people who collect it, the sun that make it grow, how it has been cooked, the colours, the smell, the texture… Practice the slow food movement!
Any of these reasons sound familiar? Please, leave a comment below, I would love to know your thoughts about the subject.