Do you know the difference?

Do you know that there is a difference?

Real hunger is usually the body’s response to low blood sugar, 3-4 hours after your last meal. People who consistently over-eat hardly experience real hunger. But real hunger should be a healthy part of your day.

Aside from some exceptional medical conditions, overweight parents generally do not automatically have overweight children. Too often, parents simply teach their children poor eating and nutrition habits. Role modelling is very powerful.

Emotional hunger is not the same as real hunger. It is a psychological drive to eat food, that occurs without hunger. Potential triggers can be a number of everyday emotions; stress at work, anxiety, tiredness, boredom, emotional upsets or simply just being exposed to food at a social gathering. Steps can be taken to recognise these triggers, to help stop the spiral that leads to emotional eating.

Factors That Increase Hunger & Appetite:
  • Eating highly refined carbohydrates
  • Drinking too much alcohol - as it stimulates the appetite
  • Cold weather and temperature - as you burn more energy when it’s cold
  • Skipping meals - as this creates low blood sugar
  • Restrictive diets that don’t include enough calories in the day

Factors That Reduce Hunger & Appetite:
  • Grazing - eating regular meals and snacks
  • Including both soluble and insoluble fibre in you diet
  • Always including protein with your meals - to keep you full!
  • Eating complex carbohydrates - as they contain fibre


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