I’ve been using Plan To Eat for a couple of years & it has really simplified my meal planning! It’s really easy to clip recipes I see online both on the computer or via the app. From there, I plan out 1-2 recipes for lunches and 4-5 for dinner for the week, then it automatically generates a grocery list. Quick & easy!
Today, one of my clients asked “Why am I so hungry all the time?”, which prompted me to ask the following:
- Describe ‘hungry’ – is your stomach growling, do you feel lightheaded, weak or really grumpy?
- What do you reach for when you feel this way?
- If you eat something small & healthy, does that do the trick or do you want more?
- What have you had to eat so far today?
She’s been really consistent about water intake & staying hydrated, so I knew that – for her- it wasn’t thirst. For many people, though, thirst can be confused with hunger – so that is usually my first recommendation. In this case, it turns out that she wasn’t really hungry, she was craving.
One major set up for cravings is processed foods. Many packaged foods may seem fairly healthy at first glance and even look OK from a calorie & macronutrient persepective. Unfortunately, so many of the additives in processed food can really increase cravings. And what do they make you crave? More processed foods.
Do I eat processed foods? Yes, but very rarely. There’s a huge range between a piece of Ezekiel Bread and an Oreo. The bread is processed and not ideal (but it is organic, has some fiber, and you can pronounce all the ingredients). The Oreo is an edible product – it’s not immediately poisonous , it’s vegan – BUT it has artificial ingredients and inflammatory oils – putting it in the category of ‘food-like product’ for me. Processed foods are generally more calorie-dense and less nutrient-dense, meaning you get more calories and less nutrition. That’s not going to nourish your body and certainly won’t help if you’re looking to lose weight.
So if you’re feeling hungry, drink something and/or eat! Just make sure it’s not just a craving. Or even if it is a craving, try eating whole, unprocessed food first.
Your habits- those actions you take or things you repeatedly do – are what define you.
Yes, goals are important – but the goal itself isn’t going to get you there. It’s the daily grind of taking the consistent action to establish positive habits and abolish negative habits that produce results.
The two best ways I’ve found to anchor a new habit are
1. write it down and check it off when done
2. speak it out loud to yourself, your family/friends/colleagues so that you have multiple accountability partners. Ask them to follow up with you or maybe even join you.
Specific support for up-leveling your health and productivity coming soon via my 21-day program – stay tuned!
Can you go from standing to sitting to standing without wobbling or using your hands or knees?
Some research has shown a relationship between this movement and longevity. While not a direct correlation, it’s a good general test of functional strength and balance.
Try it & let me know if you can make it hands-free!
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