Im always want to eat, so i drink ALOT of tea. Its all in my head I know that...but what can I do to tell myself that I am really full. Some times ill eat and eat and eat....and then ill be bored or whatever and think, im STARVING, but its near impossible.....I feel like I am a bottomless pit....what the heck, see i actually feel hungry...my tummy will actually feel like its empty....even if i eat like a steak dinner and patatoe and salade and soup, and can of pop, and a dinner roll...or like 5 slices of pizza ( I dont really eat that stuff anymore) but you get my point.
Like when some people say they eat poridge or whatever and they find it filling...I find it for the moment and then ill be like...mmmm i feel like something...so i eat alot of Broccoli because its either that or something else, which could be bad for me. But even still, Ill eat like 3-4 cups of that.... I dunno, anyone else HUNGRY alllllllll the time...no matter what they eat?!
I know its in my head, how do i fix that!?
I am not really sure how to over come this but I would say that staying busy and setting little goals for yourself. This is what I do.
Lets say I eat breakfast at 9am. I will not allow myself, even if I am hungry to eat until my snack at 11 or maybe 12 for lunch depending on what I ate at lunch. setting these little goals make it easier to bare feeling hungry because I know that I am really not hugry but just bored.
I totally know what you mean. I just live with it and know that its just in my head because I just ate a sensable amount or healthy food.
Drinking water when you think you're hungry helps - sometimes the body tells you it's hungry when it's thirsty.
Keep lots of low cal things around to snack on - celler sticks, carrots, grapes etc.
Other than that as you adjust to your new routine, your body will catch up and stop telling you it's hungry when it isn't :-) Hope that helps.
If you are eating foods that are what I call "low value" (they provide calories but don't keep you from getting hungry an hour later, for instance a candy bar, whereas a can of tuna will keep you from being hungry for a while since protein takes longer to digest) that might be a factor. If they ever come up with tuna that tastes like chocolate...I'm on it!
If I get into a project or hobby, I don't want to stop when my stomach growls and IS hungry for food since I am so involved, but watching tv or the computer gets me in trouble as my mind keeps wondering towards what I can snack on, and from old eating habbits, those snacks can be very unhealthy.
just my .02 from my experiances. It will get better if you know why it is happening to you.
I tend to want to eat a lot more when I don't drink enough water.
With all the soda and tea and stuff we drink as a society many of us tend to be chronically dehydrated and are unaware of it :)
I can so relate to what you said. Eat and never feel full -- no "turn off" button. I don't do a lot of artificial sweetners so that's not an answer for me -- but a good thing to know. The tea dehydration thing makes sense - but I was once told that herbal tea can be counted as water - who ever mentioned the tea dehydration thing -- was that for black tea??
anyway-- i'm just glad that I am not the only one who was feeling that way about the 'full" feeling.
thanks Penny -- your post helped me as well
But i did cut down on tea and the splenda...not sure if its working.....but i just started a new job, and I keep busy....Im still thinking about food, but not as much.....I also try to savour my food, Ill eat while I am doing paper work, or having a conversation with someone....seems to last longer...and at home now...i decided that if i want to eat, I make it all up...clean up first...and sit at the kitchen table...I wont eat and watch tv anymore....Soo sometimes I am like...screw it, to much work...im not THAT hungry....
I just wanted to clear things up...i used to eat that junk food...but I havent even looked at pizza or anything of the sort for years...But i COULD...eat a whole pizza...like physically. Or a Whole bag of Frozen French Fries...that was just examples...But..no i try to fill up on Plain poridge, alot of fibers for fillers, Broccoli, fruits veggies....and not a whole lot of selection beyond that. I really cant get any healthier, food wise then i am now....cross my heart..lol. But I have heard that foods these days are made to have chemicals to keep satisfied for the moment and then soon after makes you hungry...Prob true. But i know mine hungry tummy feeling is pure....HEAD GAMES! FRUSTRATING!
I wonder if you didnt taste or smell would people eat less?!
I know exactly what you mean. I have such a hard time knowing when to stop eating. Sometimes I can go hours without eating, and sometimes as I am finishing my meal I think of what I can eat next. It isn't a matter of physical hunger though, but a need for more food. It's really hard to control and you end up eating more. The problem is, I have recently been craving carbs more than ever, and although I eat pretty healthy (mostly vegetarian diet with exception of chicken and fish, and no dairy), and almost only whole grains, I cannot say no to carbs.
I drink green tea 2-3 times a day and someone mentioned that it can be dehydrating so perhaps that may be something that I should change. Water just doesn't taste as good though =)
I also wish I could make these food cravings disappear.
I agree that distracting yourself is a good idea. When I am at work I can work for 6-7 hours and only eat once (it's unhealthy but it works). When I am sitting at home with nothing to do, or I am studying that is the worst time for food cravings.
Easier said than done.
Ok i just looked up the tea comment.. it's not real.
apparently tea is considered to be even better than water, because not only does it include water, but the tea leaves serve as antioxidants and have additional benefits.
I drink TONS of tea as well. Up to 5 or 6 cups a day to help curb hunger. So I was a little thrown by the tea = dehydration comment. Especially since I purposefully get DECAF tea because I know Caffeine is a mild diuretic.
Thanks midnightkiss for doing the research.
Oh FYI, decaf chai tea with a little splenda and almond milk tastes just like a sinful chai latte from starbucks with only 15 to 20 cals (depending on how much milk you use).
I don't feel so alone now! I AM CONSTANTLY HUNGRY AND I NEVER EVER GET FULL!!!!! Ha, I also try eating oatmeal when I'm "hungry", hoping to feel full, but it never works for very long.....
I can relate SO much. Today I had a giant sub from jimmy johns and was still hungry, so i had a hello kitty marshmallow pop (it was a present....hahaha), and then later on spooned out a bunch of hot cocoa flavored ice cream, along with a cup of oatmeal or more, and then like 5 handfuls of dried blueberries. I am STILL hungry, but i never eat past 8 and it is 8:44......
I have this problem too. I have done everything under the sun to try curb it but it really is a mental/emtional thing that you have to find your way around. I am very good at maintaining my weight but when it comes to losing thats when it hits me. My doctor has put me on an appetite supressant to help me lose the weight so my body knows the satisfied feeling cuz at the moment it doesn't and I could keep eating until we had no food left. Its the most horrible feeling in the world and bought me to tears many times, due to things happening in my life causing me to gain the weight in the first place, I have been trying to lose 30ish lbs for 3 years now, its frustrating.
I am not really a believer in using drugs for the answer but for me its been the only thing thats actually helped, I know how to eat well, I know how much I should be eating but unless I eat maintenace my brain switches over and I have no "full" switch, it breaks, so to speak. And I can outdo my partner and pretty much everyone I know with the amount I can eat. If nothing else helps I would have your thyroid checked, if its not that then maybe talk to your doctor about appetite suppressants.
If I become full (which is very rare) it is for a fleeting moment. i could eat a large pizza and 10 minutes later turn around and eat a cake. Its disgusting!!
This may sound weird, but my problem is not "feeling hungry" its not "feeling full" I think that llike some people dont have a gag reflex, I dont ever feel full. I can eat TONS of food and not be "full" I can go on the craziest rollercoaster ever and I never ever have my stomach drop. I experienced that feeling once in my life and it was over a little bitty hill!!! I rarely ever throw up. like once in 10 years and I had 3 kids. I truly think I have an iron stomach!!!
Anyways...sorry about the tangent there, its just really weird. But seriously I think I always figured I had to be full to stop eating. So I equate being hungry with not being full and that is sooo not the case. I need to retrain my mind to just eat healthy, eat my calories and thats it.
I probably dont really know what its like to be really hungry. I truly need to work on all that. sorry its like I had a major epiphany here. WOW. thanks people!