One of the big things that people get concerned about is hunger. But when you are eating Keto style, being hungry is not the same as it is when you are on a diet. Learn more in today’s "Your Keto Journey"© post.
Did you realize that HUNGER may come from different sources? It’s true.
The 1st and most obvious source of HUNGER is that your body gets low on fuel and you need to consume healthy, clean food and water in order to get refueled. Many people think that is all there is to it. Not true.
A 2nd source of HUNGER is that you have eaten too much protein. When you overdo it on your proteins, this action can make you hungry, even when your body does not require more food. In his book, “Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet”, Doctor Colbert talks about sensitivity to excess proteins. If this is your situation, less protein and more fat may help by keeping you in the keto zone and causing you to be less hungry.
A 3rd source of HUNGER is artificially sweetened drinks. You can google Gregory Neely, artificial sweeteners, as I did and find a recent finding from 2017 from the University of Sydney that discusses artificial sweeteners.
A 4th sources of HUNGER is wheat and grains. Simply google William Davis, md and find some interesting correlations between wheat vs. high blood sugar and increase in appetite. Get this: Doctor Davis says it makes no difference whether you are talking about multigrain, organic or sprouted. His information and findings are worth looking at.
A 5th source of HUNGER is consuming too many carbs and sugars. While it is true that carbs and sugars will lift you from a low energy level, it is also true that very soon after you eat these carbs and sugars, you are headed for blood sugar crash. This is not what you want. Go ahead and google sugar and adrenal fatigue and see what you learn.
Over indulging in proteins will cause your body to turn the excess proteins into sugar.
What to do about it?
- Try “grass fed and finished” meats instead of the customary grain feed that many animals are fed.
- Try wild fish instead of farm-raised fish.
Regularly using artificial sweeteners is not good for your body.
What to do about it?
- Read my blog: Your Keto Journey #15 – SUGAR – What to keep in mind to stay healthy.
- Try Stevia, Monk Fruit, Truvia, 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Erythritol or Xylitol.
Choose something instead of wheat and grains to incorporate into your meals.
How to do this?
- Your Keto Journey Blog #2 – Has a Recipe for Parmesan or Asiago Cheese Crispies. It’s easy peasy.
- Your Keto Journey Blog #13 – Tacos don’t have to be in a shell to taste good! It’s fun to create with your children or Other Family Members in the kitchen. It brings families closer together by chatting about whatever is on their mind as you prepare a meal.
Avoid too many carbs and sugars.
How to do this?
- As with many things in life, it is about BALANCE. Don’t go overboard on any one thing. Bring a blend of green veggies, a modest amount of proteins, and incorporate healthy oils into meal plans. Include cauliflower, kale, dark greens. Be willing to try a keto recipe and make it according to the directions the first time. Then ask family members for their input. Next, change up the recipe according to what people like and enjoy!
- It is okay to have carrots, beans and acorn squash. Just don’t go overboard with your carbs. Prioritize what is important to you and your family. Have the squash one night and change it up the next meal to include your bean or carrots. Google a carb calculator that works for you. I did this and found that when we portion out foods that are usually higher in carbs, we can get by with a partial portion and stay within our dietary limits – wherever we are in the keto zone process.
No matter the source of your hunger, once you determine the source of it you can make adjustments to the way you eat to get rid of it. Hunger when you are eating Keto style is a sign that you need to make an adjustment. But you can easily make those adjustments and stay on Your Keto Journey.
Visit my website and check out the “Resources” page. There you will find a link to “Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet” book. I highly suggest you read it. If nothing else, borrow the book from your local public library. If they don’t have it, ask them to get a copy that you may borrow.
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Good Day, Good Week and Good Health to you all!