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259 6/24/12 11:16 A
I've never thought about if sugar makes me hungrier, but once I start with sugar, I almost can't stop myself. As far as carbs (which of course, turn into sugars), if I eat simple carbs like regular pasta or rice, I feel full for an hour or so, but then I start to feel "snack-y". I don't have those same feelings with whole wheat rice or pasta.
Good luck with Social Security! That anxious feeling could perhaps be the source of why you're looking for carbs and sweets? Most people tend to reach for comfort foods when they are feeling stressed or anxious.
First off, it sounds like you have some junk in your house that you need to get out of there. If you have ice cream and pastry and so on laying around, it is way too easy to reach for it when a craving strikes. Try to set yourself up for success by having some healthier carb sources at the ready that you know you will be eating each day. For instance, you could bake up a few sweet potatoes or a pot of brown rice and keep it in the fridge along with some protein like chicken breast or cottage cheese. Having these options at the ready, and the sweets out of the house will make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing hard.
If you can get a copy of The End of Overeating, you might enjoy reading it. The author discusses his research into the brain chemistry that eating lots of fat, sugar and salt causes. He's a pediatrician, and what he terms a "conditioned hypereater" himself, so he puts a scientific as well as personal spin on dealing with the call of sugary and fatty foods. Reading the book reinforced to me that we can't even view a lot of this stuff as food that we have the option of eating. It's just "stuff" that has no place in our bodies, and is threatening to rewire our brains to make us less healthy.
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592 6/24/12 10:54 A
I do find that eating sugar (from sweets as opposed to fruit/milk, etc) does make me hungrier and increase my cravings, both for more sweets, and for food in general. I used to be a sugar-fiend and binge on sweets fairly often. Then I went for about a year and a half eating sweets very infrequently. During that time, portion control was almost effortless and my cravings for junk were pretty much in check. Just recently, I have found myself eating a little sugar here and a little there until I realized I was having some kind of sweet almost every day and fighting cravings constantly. I'm trying to wean myself off it, and I do know from my experience the first time around that the first couple days/weeks without sugar are hard. During that time, I give myself permission to eat fatty sugar-free candies and more non-sugary foods. I have found though, that if I can get through those few days/weeks without sweets, I lose my taste for sugary foods, and no longer need or want those extras in my day. Eventually, I get to the point where I can have a serving of sweets without getting completely derailed that day. But if I do it regularly, it snowballs and I wind up back eating sugar all the time and being hungry all the time. I LOVE sweets. But I realize that they have a disproportionately negative effect on my overall diet.
With that said, though, it sounds like this may be more of an emotional eating issue. You sound stressed about the upcoming decision, and stress is a common trigger of overeating. Try to take a second before you start eating and figure out if you're really hungry or stressed. If you're stressed, breathe deeply for a few seconds and think of something relaxing or distracting to do. You'll feel better afterwards than you will if you eat a bunch of junk.
I still keep eating over my alloted calories. I did well yesterday until I got home, when I ate a 5 ounce cheese danish, half a cup of ice cream, and a large nectarine.
I've been getting my usual 10 hours of sleep every night, and I'm back to going to bed around 10 PM and waking up around 8 AM. I've found that I feel my best with 10 hours of sleep.
It could just be my moods, like you said. I have bipolar disorder and sometimes it doesn't cooperate with my efforts to do what needs to be done, which is part of why I applied for Social Security. That may be another contributing factor. They're making the decision on my appeal now, and the results could arrive in my mailbox any time from this week to three weeks from now, and it's making me so anxious.
I hope this passes soon. I gained back half a pound in the past week, and I'm already off to a bad start this week, with my 991 calorie breakfast of sweets.
For me it tends to have the opposite effect, but when I do get hungry it's sudden and intense. However, in your case, you have to first ask yourself why you suddenly went off on the sugar. Whatever drove you to eat all that junk might be the same thing that's making you hungry now, whether it's a mood issue, change in medication, etc. In particular, you said: "I've also been going to sleep later and later over the past week,"
Lack of sleep has a direct effect on both hunger and impulse control, so it's *very* likely that the sleep issue is what set off this whole chain. Fix that, and you'll likely get back onto your usual track.
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153 6/22/12 9:19 P
I feel like when I eat simpler carbs, I do get hungrier faster as well. I've made a lot of dietary changes over the last couple years though and can usually pull myself out of this cycle quicker now - for example, I've gotten used to the natural sweetness of fruit, and a bowl of watermelon or cherries actually does a lot to quell sugar cravings :)
Oh yes, it does that for me. I am following Bob Harper's Skinny Rules in his new book and it's been a month and my cravings have disappeared. I get hungry, but it's a natural hunger as I'm making my meal...not where I want to consume the contents of my kitchen.
I'm also making some of my meals Paleo. It took a few weeks for my body to get used to it, but I'm eating less now and do not feel the need to snack like before.
That is a big reason I went low-carb/high-fat at the end of January of this year.
Prior to changing how I fuel my body, if I tried a standard dieting plan with counting calories but not paying attention to the sugar and carbs I injested, I would be hungry again within an hour or two. Even if I ate a large meal. Not surprisingly, the diet would fail and after losing 5 or 10 lbs, I'd gain it all back quickly.
For me, eating more healthy fats instead of breads, pastas, rice, and sweets has turned that around. I won't get hungry or crave things anymore. I don't feel bloated after eating. I still get some carbs from all the veggies and berries I eat, which I generally don't count unless it's something that is high-carb...like beans or potato, which I then keep a close eye on portion and limit them.
My diet has been smashed this week. I'd been eating more and more sweets each day, and I've been constantly hungry. I ate about three cups of chocolate peanut butter ice cream between yesterday and the day before, plus marshmallows and cookies and sugary cereals. As the past few days have gone on, I've gotten hungrier and hungrier, not just for sweets, but in general, and even drinking water doesn't help.
I haven't eaten any sweets today, except a lightly-sweetened oat squares cereal for breakfast. (Really it was "brunch" because it was 11:30 AM and I didn't eat a standard lunch today, and my afternoon "snack" turned into a whole meal. I've also been going to sleep later and later over the past week, which is why I got up at 10 AM this morning and had a late breakfast.)
Does fluctuating blood sugar increase hunger? What about after stopping the sweets for a day?
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