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Most people have at least one health-related cause that affects them/loved ones, and for me, that’s diabetes. With a grandpa, aunt, and cousin who were all diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it really hits home for me. Since it has such a strong presence in my family and my sugars tend to run a little higher than average, I make it a point to keep an eye on my blood sugar levels, watching my sugar and carb intake (because carbs also = sugar) and to squeeze in some exercise every day.
But managing hunger isn’t just something for diabetics. It’s something a lot of people struggle with. Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 tips to manage hunger throughout the day. These have all worked great for me – I hope you find them helpful too!
Not only is water intake extremely important for your body each day for hydration and flashing toxins out, but it can also help curb your urge to snack. Even if you think you’re hungry, your body might actually be signaling a need for water. If you’re starting to feel hungry and it’s not a regular meal time, try drinking a glass of water (or two). You’ll likely be surprised at how quickly your hunger fades!
Did you know that caffeine stimulates hunger? When I drink my morning cup I’m usually ok but give me a solid 30-45 minutes and out of nowhere I’m starving and want to eat all the things. The same thing happens later in the day if I end up consuming some extra caffeine.
Try to eliminate foods high in sugar and carbs and replace them with items high in protein and fiber, such as nuts, apples, eggs, and veggies.
Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes are a great option for diabetics (please consult with your doctor and use under medical supervision) for breakfast or an afternoon snack, with only 6 grams of sugar and 1 carb per bottle. That’s 66% less sugar than leading weight loss shakes – HUGE! Plus, they’re offered in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors.
I’m not much of a morning person, so for breakfast I usually just grab a bar and go. But now, it’s grab a Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shake and go. With 15 grams of protein and CARBSTEADY® (slowly digestible carbohydrates designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes), I’m set until lunch, and getting all of the right nutrients my body needs.
Evaluate the Situation
When you feel hungry, take a second to evaluate the situation. When was the last time you ate? Are you stressed? Bored? Hungry? Bodies are weird. While you might think you’re hungry, it could really be a signal that you need more water, are wanting to stress-eat, etc. Before you pull something out to eat, make sure you’re actually physically hungry.
Go for a Walk
The worst is when I get the urge to snack and I’m not even really that hungry. This hits me just about every afternoon without fail (see above tip). Instead of giving in and raiding my snack drawer, I try to step away from my desk for a few minutes to stretch my legs and take a little walk. By the time I get back to my desk I’m feeling good because (1) I was able to get some extra steps in and boost my fitness tracker numbers (read: exercise) and (2) my feeling that I need to snack is totally gone.
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Tell me, how do you manage hunger throughout the day?