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Why am I always hungry?

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Diets work by restricting your calories. Simple as that. Yes, some combine foods in certain ways and some restrict certain food types, but ultimately it all comes down to putting fewer calories in your body than you are using.

There are 2 main reasons people fail to stick to their diet. One is because they crave a certain food or food type. I have already written a post about that this month – how to crack your cravings – check it out if you want some help with that. The other main reason is hunger, yet there is something you can do about this too – even on a restricted diet.

  1. Try to work out if you are ACTUALLY HUNGRY

That may seem silly, but quite often we ‘feel hungry’ even when we are not. Sometimes we are emotionally hungry, or hungry to be heard. Sometimes we are just thirsty and need a drink. Sometimes we want to eat food (because we like the taste) but are not hungry.

A starving man would eat just about anything – we’ve all heard tales of survivors who ate awful things just to stay alive – that’s the power of hunger. If you’re hungry, and you fancy some cake or crisps or other junk food, see if an apple will do instead. If it won’t, you’re probably not that hungry – you’re just looking for a taste sensation. That is not a good enough reason to eat if you are trying to lose weight.

You could also try asking yourself what else (other than food) you may need right now. Try giving yourself that instead and see if you feel satisfied.

Then again maybe you just need a drink and to put your feet up for 5 minutes. It’s worth a try!

2. Eat to avoid hunger.

One of the reasons we feel hungry is because our blood sugar had dropped. When we eat high sugar food it gives us a high blood sugar that our body has to bring down (because it’s really bad for us) so it changes our body chemistry reducing it. That then causes our blood sugar to drop, which in turn makes us hungry. That’s why you might find that after starting on a bar of chocolate, or packet of biscuits, you keep going back to them until they’re gone. Avoiding sugary food evens out the blood sugar meaning you get less low blood sugars and therefore don’t feel as hungry. It’s worth pointing out here that some foods get converted to sugar in your body and have the same effect. White starches like potatoes, rice, pasta, flour etc have very similar effects to sugar.

Instead of eating sugar and starch try to keep your meals small but packed with lean protein and vegetables. If you really need some starch with your meal try a sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa or chick peas.

3. Plan your meals (and have a back up)

We often reach for bad food choices when we are really hungry. They are quick, satisfying and make our life easier. People who manage their weight well are often good planners. They plan ahead – they know what they will eat and when. No long periods of starvation. No panic take away orders. Just sensible planned food. You can do this too.

Trust me if I can, you can. I used to be the person I just described but now I plan better and I’m losing weight nicely. I’m not perfect though, and that’s where the back up comes in. By having healthy choice, ready meals in the fridge and batch cooked, freezer meals ready to go at a moments notice, I can forget to plan and still have a tasty, healthy choice available to me for my meals.

4. Eat regularly.

Your body gets used to eating at certain times. Try to stick to meal times. After a week or two your body will only expect food at these times and it will become a lot easier to avoid snacking.

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Friday Feeling

Every Friday I try to post a good news story – hopefully something a little inspirational.

The picture above is a guy called James Harrison of Australia, also known as the “man with the golden arm”.

He is a superhero.

Over the course of 57 years, he has saved the lives of over 2.2 million babies.

At the age of 14, Harrison underwent major chest surgery, requiring over 3 gallons of blood. Realizing the blood had saved his life, he made a pledge to start donating blood as soon as he could.

Harrison started donating in 1954, and after the first few donations, it was discovered that his blood contained an unusually strong and persistent antibody which cured Rhesus disease, the most common form of  haemolytic disease of newborns (HDN). This uniqueness was considered so important, that his life was insured for $1 million after this discovery.

Your blood may or may not be as unique as this guys, but to someone it could be the difference between life and death. If you or someone you know has ever received a blood transfusion, or had surgery where blood was needed, you already know what a difference it makes.

I urge you to give blood if you can. It doesn’t hurt, it’s so simple ad it’s the easiest way you could be a superhero today.

If you’re scared of needles, get some help. There are plenty of therapies available that can help you. My favourite is, of course, Hypnotherapy, but others are available too.

So check out your local blood donation service and become a superhero.

Have a great weekend

🙂

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Glorious Garlic

Stinky, Smelly, Glorious Garlic.

Garlic is great. I love it and luckily my partner loves it too (though some of our friends may not).

I had always been told that garlic was good for your health – particularly with regards to warding off the common cold – so when I started doing some research on it for this post you can imagine how disappointed I was to find out that this seems to be a bit of an old wives tail, with recent medical studies suggesting it had no significant effect.

There is some good news for it’s health claims though. Taken from the NHS website it states that there is good evidence to show that it reduces blood pressure, produces moderate reductions in cholesterol levels, probably protects against bowel and stomach cancers and increases blood circulation.

When crushed or bruised, garlic releases Allicin which is a sulphuric compound that is a natural antibiotic. WWI soldiers even apparently used crushed garlic on infected wounds suffered in battle.

Garlic contains high levels of vitamin C as well as high levels of iodine which makes it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions.

Garlic is a great source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. This may also be why it has been suggested to pregnant women who wanted their baby to gain weight in the womb. Vitamin B6 can also assist with reducing mood swings.

Garlic is particularly useful in cooking as it provides an alternative to salt in adding flavour to meals, along with lemon juice, chilli, herbs and spices. By reducing the salt in out diets we reduce our water retention which helps people who are suffering from this or high blood pressure.

As with everything Garlic should be consumed in moderation as in large doses, garlic can be detrimental to your health. The properties of garlic actually get into your bloodstream which is why it is so effective in so many ways. What this does mean, however, is that when you sweat, garlic can come out through your pores. Although this may not be a pleasant side effect it has been said that this deters mosquitoes, so if you suffer badly from reactions to these bites, it may be worth it. Many people who eat larger than normal amounts of garlic report increased body odour, or at least their friends do! If you are increasing the garlic in your diet, you might want to consider increasing your parsley quota too. Chewing on parsley is very effective to remove ‘garlic breath’ which can be a problem.

So whether you are looking for a healthy diet or just have a vampire phobia, enjoy your garlic this week 🙂

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