Constant Hunger Shouldn’t Happen
Our bodies trigger the hunger urge as a means to receive the nutrients we need every day to survive. That’s not to say that it’s the only reason why we may feel hungry, even though we technically are not.
If you find that you feel the need to eat very often, as in every hour or so or perhaps more often than that, then you need to find out what is causing it and address the problem.
Here is a list of what you should do, and how you may be able to save yourself a lot of frustration and anguish over an issue that could have a simple solution.
You May Need To Get A Medical Opinion
Even if you’ve already been to your doctor for you annual checkup, if you find that you are hungry very frequently, and that it doesn’t pass in a day or two, you need to discuss this with your physician.
Start a food journal and write down the details of what you’re eating and how often. Note how often you’re thirsty as well and what beverages you normally drink.
Take this with you and talk openly about it with your doctor. Don’t hesitate to express any frustration you may be feeling, especially if you’re gaining unwanted weight or are looking to get down to a healthier weight.
It’s a good possiblity that your doctor will order blood work and other tests, and the results may lead you to the answer to your problem.
When You Are Sure That You’re Healthy
If your doctor tells you it’s not a medical problem, and you are still experiencing an abnormal urge to eat, then there are still details about your food intake and your environment that could be the reason and can easily be changed.
Every time your body comes under attack from germs, or from anything it’s sensitive to, it goes on the defensive. This means your immune system needs more in the way of nutrition to strengthen it and help it fight off illness, and so it sends out the hunger message.
It’s possible that you could be, without realizing it, exposing yourself to things that are creating this response, and thus, giving you a false sense of being hungry.
Allergies May Also Be The Culprit
Seasonal allergies, pet allergies, fragrance allergies and other things you are exposed to on an everyday basis can be the source of your problem.
When your body is allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust that causes congestion and headaches, it increases the stress your body normally has to handle.
Fatigue may become an issue, and you may find that your mood swings are happening more often as well. If you’re congested, getting a good night’s sleep may not be possible as well, adding to the problem.
Here the hunger response is triggered to give you more energy, and fight off what you’re allergic to. Check your home for possible answers here.
Places such as under and behind your bed, window treatments, silk plants, linen closets and baseboards may need a deep-cleaning.
Use a damp cloth to dust, and rinse it out often. Strip your bed down to the mattress and vacuum it thoroughly. Wash your sheets in hot water, using a free and clear type of detergent.
If you have pets that sleep with you, use organic brand pet wipes to clean their fur and paws before bedtime. It’s very helpful to invest in an air purifier for your bedroom.
Overeating And Emotional Issues
We’ve all heard about a woman somewhere who broke up with the man in her life, and then went home and ate a quart of ice cream trying to drown her sorrows.
Eating makes us feel good, especially when it’s a favorite food, and that’s why when we break up with someone, or simply have a bad day, it’s easy to get into the habit of letting food act as a soothing balm.
There are other ways though to get through emotional downs without giving our body a ton of fat, sodium and needless to say, calories. We can exercise.
Remember, that no matter what type of exercise you choose, your will be releasing endorphins that automatically make you feel good no matter what else is happening around you.
Yoga is an excellent way to connect with your inner strength, and create your own oasis when you need it. Practice at least a few minutes of asanas in the AM and again in the PM and focus on positive outcomes in your life.
For those stressful times when you’re not in a position to practice Yoga, i.e. while at the office, then getting up out of your seat and walking can be surprisingly effective.
If you can go outside all the better. Try to make it 10 minutes if you can, but 5 will be very helpful if that’s all you can squeeze out.
Find reasons to walk to the other end of the building and back or out to your car. If you’re in a mall or if there’s a shopping center nearby, you can walk to a store to buy a bottle of water, etc.
There’s no getting around life’s ups and downs, and that sometimes they will cause us grief, but if you control your response to these issues, you can gain control of many health-related issues, including eating a proper diet.