Are you always hungry? Do you finish breakfast and immediately start thinking about what you will eat for lunch? Do you feel like you are always craving something sweet or salty? Is your addiction to food ruining your life in one way or another?
First you need to explore the possible reasons you always feel these cravings. There are a number of reasons why someone feels hungry all the time:
1. Are you REALLY hungry? Or are you bored, sad or frustrated? If you ate a decent meal 2 hours ago chances are that you are eating for one of the above reasons. If you don’t have a weight problem or are eating raw carrots or apples to satiate yourself then all I can say is…you go girl! I don’t think anyone ever made themselves sick eating too many carrots. They may have turned their skin a bit orange, but hey, with all the fake tan products on the market who’d even notice!
2. Consider the fact that your body may be trying to tell you that it is not being properly nourished and it’s craving nutrients. It’s not easy eating a balanced diet that will give you all the nutrients you need. Your body will register a lack of good nutrition as hunger no matter how much you eat. So if you eat that container of ice cream and think you are feeding yourself you are fooling yourself but not your body.
3. Could you be eating the wrong food? If you are like 10% of the population you could have Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks the lining of the small intestine and makes it difficult for someone to absorb nutrients. You may be eating some wonderful whole grain/whole wheat bread with organic almond butter and a banana slices thinking…”I’m so proud of myself, what a healthy breakfast”…when in actuality you are causing stress to your immune and GI system.
4. Many people are always tired and hungry because they have a hormonal imbalance such as diabetes or a thyroid disorder. Diabetes is called the “wasting and thirsting syndrome” in Chinese medicine because people with diabetes are always eating and always hungry and thirsty. Low blood sugar will cause someone to feel tired and then crave sugar. It’s always a good idea to see your doctor and have basic testing done to rule out any serious medical conditions.