To be honest, the thought of not posting today crossed my mind. Ideed, since I published Bealthie’s Facebook page last night, I feel quite destabilized. Obviously, I first blog for myself, because it’s the way I found to express what I have inside. I love it, don’t get me wrong. Yet it’s got to a point where I’d certainly apreciate to get some feedback from my readers. It’s evident you have to do a little of self-promotion in order to be visible… Although, that’s not my cup of tea at all.
The thing with Facebook nowadays is that it opens you the doors to dive directly into… Practically everything viral on the Internet. Withal, you get incorporated to that brewery of content, opinions and reactions when you’re making the most to reach the right audience in all of that big ocean. It just seems a bit overwhelming to me. That’s the nice thing about starting from scratch, huh? But I’m not complaining about it (just freaking out). 😉
That being said, (I’m definetly more at peace now!) I would like to tell you about a subject which especially affects me in all the ways possible. The truth is, I am hungry. I am hungry ALL THE TIME, 24/7. To the extent that I got huge tension drops, massive headaches, no self-control, besides I never felt satiated, even after I had eaten a proper meal. I used past tense for the last sentence, because I found how to solve this issue.
Watch carefully your blood sugar levels
You don’t have to take a blood test to actually know how this works. I mean, it could be helpful to know your blood sugar levels on an empty stomach, but, the point here is to avoid them to drive up and down like a rollercoaster, as that’s what makes you feel hungry. Let me explain it real quick.
When you ingest fast sugars, your glycemic index rises. Then, your body sends a hormone called Insulin, to lower your blood sugar levels. But in fact, this hormone lowers your glycemic index below what it was before ingesting sugar, which is why you feel a drop in energy and need to ingest sugar again. This becomes a vicious circle, in which you constantly need to consume food, what’s more, that contains a lot of sugar.
Fast sugars are hidden in white bread, granola bars, biscuits and pastries, juices, soda, candy…
The following foods have a low glycemic index number based on glucose, which measures how fast a food is likely to cause your blood sugar levels to rise. They will keep your blood sugar from dropping.
- Nuts (almonds, cashews…)
- Seeds (chia, flax seeds…)
- Green smoothies
- Whole wheat bread
Try out smart snakcking instead
Now that you know the impact of processed sugar on your body and health, try to avoid it as much as possible. You’ll notice a huge improvement in terms of energy levels and satiety. You won’t be hungry anymore! Isn’t that the best news you heard today?
What I call «smart snacking» is setting up a list of the best snacks you can eat every day, in order to avoid cravings. I’m refering to those foods filled with protein, fiber, natural vitamins… By the way, you should dismiss from your mind the idea that eating between meals is a bad habit. Indeed, smart snacking could save your everyday life, like it did with mine.
You can even take a step further and figure out when is the best time to eat each one of them.
Let’s take something that requires a particular mental effort like taking an important exam. What should you eat before, during or after this exam? Well, an orange will give you the energy boost you need before starting, some almonds will keep you going if you lack of inspiration and finally a good old peanut butter and banana smoothie will refill you up! Same happens with pre and post-workout snacks. If you want to know more about that, please let me a request in the comments down below and I’ll be pleased to make some complete researches for you.
Don’t forget your water !
It’s mindblowing how your body, if you don’t give it the water it needs, is able to make you feel hungry in order to make you ‘eat’ your water.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of hunger. One of the current messages your body sends you when you’re dehydrated, is when you start craving high-water foods like cucumbers, berries, grapes, watermelon…
Have you ever noticed being hungry after having a meal you thought will fill you? Well, that is thirst disguised in hunger. Yes, your body is quite astute! So instead of going for an extra pasta portion, drink one or two big glasses of water and observe how hunger disapears within 15 minutes.
Finally, it all remains in not skipping meals, eating whole natural foods at the right time and listenning to the messages your body sends you, because none knows your needs better than you do.