Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Foods that Make You Hungrier!

Too often we blame ourselves for a weak will power when it comes to food.  But that may not always be the case.  Certain foods are addictive so no matter how much your will power attempts to hold strong, you just can’t stop.  In fact, no matter how much you fill up on them, you never seem to feel satiated.

Foods that make you HungrierThat’s because of a simple but powerful truth: whole foods fill you up while processed or junk food can bring on the pangs of hunger as if you didn’t eat anything at all.  Why? 

Because the nutrient density is depleted in processing.

What are these foods?  Here are some you should avoid.

Pastries and Baked Goods
Pastries, though delicious, do little to fill you up.  White sugar and flour have no fiber or nutrients.  They send you soaring up only to come crashing down much hungrier that you were before eating.  And it’s a pretty fast process.

If you must have that sweet treat from the bakery, eat something nutritious first.  I found having protein works wonderfully since it fills me up, takes longer to digest, and so keeps me feeling satisfied longer.  I also try to find baked goods that are made with whole grains and as little sugar as possible to make it more of a win for my body and less guilt for my mind.

Sugary Breakfast Bars
Unless your breakfast bar is loaded with protein and minimally sweetened, it might as well be a pastry.  High processed and sugary, these may seem like a shortcut but in reality you’ll need another meal anyway.

While you can find some high quality, organic meal bars, it’s much better to make breakfast.  Consider a quick bowl of oats with fruit, honey, and coconut milk, or whole grain bread with peanut butter and bananas, or a hard boiled egg made the night before with whole grain bread and cheese.  For that small investment of time, you’ll receive a huge return (ROI) in the form of more energy and a sharper, focused mind.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
While some claim that high fructose corn syrup is fine in moderation, the truth is that the with high fructose corn syrup, moderation is seemingly impossible!

The syrup interferes with the body’s metabolism by slowing down the secretion of leptin which is a crucial hormone in the body that tells you that you’re full.  As a result it’s truly hard to control cravings and a struggle to stop eating.  But once you start eliminating it, you’ll be thrilled you did.

Diet Soda
While the label may read “diet,” studies prove that artificial sweeteners in diet soda actually stimulate your appetite and make you hungrier.  That’s because unlike regular sugars, artificial sweeteners don’t deliver anything that squelch your appetite.  Studies also show that sweeteners could inhibit brain cells that make you feel full.

Chewing Gum
Chewing gum stimulates the gastric juices, producing saliva.  The saliva goes down to the stomach and fools the stomach into thinking there is food to be digested, making you hungrier!

Frozen Dinners
Frozen dinners, especially diet frozen dinners, often don’t have enough calories to fill you up.  Though you may be saying, “I don’t want lots of calories,” the problem with too few calories- and too little nutrients- is you stay hungry and in the long run eat more.  The answer?  Add salad, vegetables or fruit to increase the amount of roughage which will expand in your stomach and give your body the nutrients it needs.

Ready? Just select one from the list above and stay with it for a few days.  See how different you feel and please let me know.

“Enjoy healthy” in every aspect of your life,
Michele Risa

P.S. As you add more of these suggestions, you will feel less hungry, more satisfied, and the good feeling that comes when you give yourself physical and emotional nourishment.  That’s what we do at Gourmet Fitness.  Check it out.

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