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Are you Hungry all the Time?
Check for these Common Causes

Your hunger drive works perfectly. If you are hungry all the time, your body is telling you something. So when you ask, "why am I always hungry?", there are several possible answers.

Not enough high nutrient foods

Are you eating enough high nutrient, high fiber foods? These are the foods that satisfy your need for vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. And the fiber fills your stomach. If you are constantly hungry, remember that most of your diet should consist of these foods:
  • Most important are the dark leafy greens like kale and collards. Discard the center rib and cut the leaves in strips. Steam them for 12 minutes. Eat at least half a bunch daily. A full bunch is even better. Eat salad greens too, like spinach, assorted baby greens, romaine, and leaf lettuce.

  • Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. If you steam them, it is easier to eat large quantities.

  • All other vegetables, especially brightly colored ones.

  • Tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.

  • Onions and garlic.

  • Dark orange sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squash.

  • Beans, especially dark colored ones like black beans and kidney beans.

  • Blueberries, other berries, and cherries. Oranges and grapefruit.

  • A serving or two of whole grains every day, like oatmeal, brown rice, millet, or quinoa.

  • One Tbsp of ground flaxseed every day. If you seem to be always hungry,  add an ounce of raw nuts or seeds to your daily diet.

Too many low nutrient foods

These are the ingredients and foods that give you calories but don't satisfy you. The more you eat, the more you want. If you can't resist them, don't keep them in your house:
  • White rice, white bread, and other white flour products

  • Sugar and other sweeteners

  • Oil, vegan margarine, and other processed fats

  • All foods containing these ingredients. These are empty calorie foods. They don't belong in a vegan weight loss plan. After you eat them, you are still hungry all the time because your body didn't get the nutrients and fiber it needed. 

Not enough calories

Did you cut calories too drastically? You are hungry because your body needs more calories. It is not realistic to try to lose weight fast. It is not healthy, and you will always gain the weight back again, plus more. See our calculator to learn the recommended calorie intake for weight loss. The calculator takes into account your age, height, weight, and exercise level.

No exercise

Exercise has many benefits. It burns calories, and it also suppresses appetite. Our bodies should be finely tuned machines, and exercise is part of the tune-up process. Plus, while you are exercising you are usually too busy to think about being hungry. Get a pedometer and go for a walk every day.

Irregular meal hours

When I (Elaine) was a flight attendant, I worked different hours every day. I often worked all night. It was impossible to maintain regular meal times and I often ate when I should have been sleeping, even if I wasn't hungry. Not many people have a work schedule that weird, so try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. And plan your meals to fit your own schedule.

Eat three meals a day. Eat at the same time every day. Get up early enough to eat breakfast. Pack a lunch and take it to work. Once you are eating the right foods, getting some exercise, and sleeping enough, your hunger drive will normalize. You will only get hungry when it is time for a meal. This kind of hunger is normal. You will feel satisfied after you eat.

Get a life!

And finally, are you hungry all the time because you are bored or you don't have anything else to do? Don't think about food and dieting all the time. Find some activities that will keep you busy or get you out of the house. After all, life is short.  :-)

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