The Hunger Game

Let’s talk about the hunger game!  And I’m not talking about the great books and movies with Katniss Everdeen.  I’m talking about what happens inside your body when you get hungry.

So, what happens inside your body when you get hungry?  What are the signs your body gives you that let you know you’re starting to get hungry?

(And if you already know the answer to those questions you are ahead in the game!  Soooo many clients I work with struggle to have answers with this topic.)

For me, I get a little rumbly in my tummy, perhaps a slight headache, a little jittery, and if I let it go too long I get hangry.  “Get out of my way!  I’m getting to that food, hangry!”  That ever happen to you?

So, let’s talk about a few ways to avoid the hangry.

  1. When you feel yourself just begin to get hungry it’s time to start planning for food.  That doesn’t mean you have to eat right now, but start planning for it.
  2. Eat when you are a little bit hungrier than when you first noticed you were hungry.  This will keep you from binging or overeating or scarfing down whatever you can get your hands on.
  3. If you wait until you’re hangry you have set yourself up for not being able to control what you put in your mouth.  Your desire for food will be so strong that it will override your desire to eat healthy.

 

The next part of the hunger game is knowing when to stop eating.  Most of us eat beyond fullness, stuffing too many calories in for what our bodies need.  (Ever needed to unbutton your pants after eating? I know, I know!  That ‘whatever food’ was soooo good.  You needed just one more bite.  And one more bite.  And one more bite.  Then you needed to unbutton your pants.)

Here’s a few tips to help you from overeating and needing to wear old lady elastic pants to dinner every night.

  1. Eat slowly and chew your food around 30 times a bite (no matter what it is).  This chewing and eating slowly helps your body assimilate nutrients better so you get more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and energy! from the food you’re eating.  You will eat less this way!
  2. Take around 20 minutes to eat your meal. This allows your brain to catch up with your stomach.  It actually takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive a signal from the belly saying it’s full.  And if you eat your entire huge meal in 10 minutes then your brain doesn’t know you’re full until 10 minutes later.  Then you’re unbuttoning your pants!  Doh!
  3. Eat to around 75-80% fullness.  This may be something you have to play with a little to see what is right for you.  The goal here is to eat for energy.  Eat until satiated, but not stuffed.  And this is where eating slowly and taking around 20 minutes really comes in handy.

 

Play this game every single meal! Here’s what you might notice if you do:

  • You’re consuming less food.
  • You’ll be losing weight (without counting calories).
  • You’re digestive system is performing better.
  • You have less constipation/diarrhea.
  • You are able to deal with stress better (I know!  Just from paying attention to your hunger!)
  • Your meal times will be more pleasant.

 

What’s your hunger game status?

10 Benefits of Detoxing

Maybe you’re thinking, “What is all this talk about detoxing?  And why in the world would I even consider it?”

Well, detoxing is actually an amazing experience that can leave you feeling lighter, tighter, and soooo amazing.  Here’s 10 benefits you can experience in less than 14 days:

10. Reducing or eliminating auto-immune symptoms.  

Do you struggle with an auto-immune disease that your doctors can’t seem to get a grip on?  Have they suggested a detox?  If not, this is a great one to try because it’s gentle on the body and very effective.  If you have auto-immune symptoms you are likely very toxic.  So, a detox would be amazing for your organs and digestion!

9. Losing weight and inches

We will be taking out all sugars and caffeine out of our diet for 14 days (you can do this!  I’m here to help!).  See, fat doesn’t cause us to be fat.  Sugar causes us to be fat.  Taking sugar out of the diet – even for just a short time – can help us shed pounds, inches, and feel lighter.

8. Reducing headaches and joint pain

Sometimes a build-up of toxins can cause pain and headaches.  Our bodies are designed to process and eliminate toxins.  However, when we overload our body with toxins it can’t process them quick enough.  So, the body stores the toxins to deal with later in our joints, muscles, and organs.  As you can imagine this causes pain and decreased efficiency of our body.

7. Reduce or eliminate heartburn

Belching, feeling gassy, or having heartburn after meals is often a sign of digestive upset.  Taking some time to detox will help your digestion work better creating less gas and bubbles in your tummy.

6.  Think clearer

Ever feel like your brain is foggy and you can’t remember anything?  Actually detoxing your digestive system can eliminate this fogginess and help you think clearer.

5. Take control of sinus and allergy symptoms

Certain foods can cause inflammation in our bodies and sometimes even cause sensitivities or allergic reactions.  We’ll be taking out the most common food allergens to reduce these symptoms and allow you to test and see if your body has any adverse reactions or sensitivities to any food.  In addition, we’ll be filling our bodies with nutrient-dense foods, like fruits and veggies, to reinvigorate the gut.

4. Eliminate food cravings

Our bodies desire balance.  When we eat too much of one kind of food it will begin to crave it or crave the opposite of it.  For example, if we eat too much salty food our bodies will crave sweet food to balance it out.  Then when we eat sweet food our bodies ride the blood sugar roller coaster – sugar high to sugar low.  Then we crave more sugar.  It’s tricky to balance it out.  This cleanse will help you eliminate those cravings and help create more balance in your diet.

3. Double your energy

Ever get that foggy headed, super sleepy feeling around 2, 3, 4:00? Sometimes the food we eat actually causes us to lose energy and get sleepy.  Our bodies are telling us to take a nap (and most of the time we can’t lay down in the office for a snooze). So, taking control of our food intake can give us an abundance of energy.

2. Reduce or even eliminate anxiety and mood swings

Sometimes, negative emotions can be increased simply by the food we eat.  Eliminating common trouble foods will help you reduce or eliminate anxiety helping you take control of your emotions.  Who doesn’t want less anxiety!?!?

1. Feel amazing

You will be amazed at how good you will feel on this cleanse.  If there are ANY symptoms, emotions, pain, or moods you want to get rid of – then detoxing is on your to-do list!  During a cleanse, we give our digestive tract a vacation from the stress of hard to process foods.  I’ve had clients tell me they felt the best they had in years after detoxing!  Why wait to feel better?!?!

 

If you’re interested in learning more about detoxing or about the specific 14 Day Reset Cleanse I offer let me know!  Let’s help you feel better today!