Do you feel fat and hungry?
Fat and hungry
Do you feel fat and hungry? Are eating every few hours? Are you tired of spending money on the latest diet products on the market? Are you consuming whole grain cereals, breads and pastas? Are you eating low-fat dairy such as low-fat yogurt and drinking skim milk? Are you drinking diet soda? You been doing everything that you have been told, so why is it that you still feel fat and hungry?
Why we feel hungry
It is not uncommon for many individuals to feel this way. We are led by big companies with savvy marketing to believe that we want the products that come in fancy boxes and have lofty claims that will help us reach our own personal optimal health goals. Did you know that your body does not recognize some of the foods you may put into it simply because it is not food or it is high in calories and low in nutrients? That’s right, that stuff in the market that is labeled with phrases such as: “heart healthy made with whole grains”, “low fat”, “no cholesterol”, many of which contain ingredients which stripped of vital nutrients and loaded with chemicals and preservatives that our bodies do not recognize. Let’s just say if you cannot pronounce what’s on the ingredients label your body probably doesn’t know what it is either. We are eating and eating yet we feel as if we are starving! Our bodies on a cellular basis are starving because we are not consuming the nutrients we need.
You can can eat delicious foods that will satisfy your appetite as well as help your body work, look and feel the way it was designed by nature.
Stop starving and start eating
Here are some simple tips to help you choose optimal foods to nourish your body:
- Eat lots of plant-based whole foods…..starting with dark leafy greens. There are so many leafy greens available at the market these days Bok Choy, Collard Greens, Kale, Swiss Chard, Salad Greens, and Spinach to name a few. These should be eaten as much as possible. They provide nutrients such as iron, calcium and even protein! Not sure what to do with the dark leafy greens check out our recipe for Blood Orange and Kale Salad.
- Add color and variety. Try shopping in season or at your local farmer’s market. Foods not only taste better but they retain more nutrients the fresher they are. Try some oranges in winter, asparagus in early spring or try something completely new. The list is huge and options are endless.
- If you are going to consume meats and poultry go organic. Keep servings to a minimum and the frequency limited. Please keep in mind that not only you are what you eat, what you eat is what it eats.
- If you choose to eat seafood be sure to stick to wild caught fish. Purchase fish from a local fish purveyor, or ask your local market when and where they obtain their fish from. Time your purchases accordingly.
- Ditch the processed foods for home prepared foods. Keep things simple by preparing items at home and freezing them for quick and easy meals later. You will find lots of quick and easy tips on our blog and in our newsletter [sign up now].
- Cow’s milk dairy is not necessary to consume to meet our calcium needs if we are consuming a wide variety of whole plant-based foods. If you decide you can’t live without milk or cheese… try raw unpasteurized milks and cheeses so you get all of the beneficial enzymes that are typically destroyed in the pasteurization process. Try full fat yogurts that are unsweetened.
- Add some filling foods to your daily diet like, beans, chickpeas, lentils, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes.
- Drink up. Consume plenty of filtered water throughout the day. Try herbal non-caffeinated teas for a twist.
Save money by eating real food
Diet pills and potions do not work! There is no evidence that they are beneficial and in many cases may even be harmful. If you are buying such products do your body and your wallet a favor and stop wasting your hard earned money!
There is no need to purchase special processed diet foods with labels such as “fat free” “no cholesterol” or “low sodium”. Most products containing such labels are not only void of fat and cholesterol but low in beneficial nutritional value.
When we reduce the amounts of animal products such as meats and dairy that we eat and incorporate more delicious fresh fruits, vegetables, dried beans and legumes we experience a decrease in our food bill.
By making better food choices we have the ability to increase our energy, look better, feel better, reduce our food cost and begin our personal journey to optimal health.
It is in your power to reach your own optimal health through food, connection and movement. It is through education and action that we become successful. If you have a desire to learn more Sign up for our FREE members only newsletter.