How to Manage Hunger Cravings


Hungry Man Looking for Food

Hunger can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Going to long without food not only makes you feel physically hungry, it can also leave you feeling grumpy, out of sorts, tired and even confused and scattered.

Your healthy eating plans can go right out the window when hunger strikes, so it is important that you don't let it happen. One way to combat hunger is to fill up on healthy foods that are filling, such as:

High-Fiber Foods

Most of us don't get enough fiber in our diets, anyway. Not only that, but foods that are rich in fiber are also filling and are believed to keep blood sugar and cholesterol under control. Eating fibrous vegetables is one way to get the fiber you need. Whatever you do, don't head to the packaged, processed foods section for foods with added fiber, they are a poor substitute and usually loaded with sugar.

Eat Lean Proteins

High-protein foods keep you feeling full longer. If you are getting enough lean protein in your diet, you are much less likely to find yourself starving and wanting to raid the cookie jar. Just make sure that you are consuming high-quality lean proteins.

Low-fat Dairy

Another good choice is low-fat dairy. There are lots of delicious low-fat dairy choices that are perfect for snacks and as a part of a healthy breakfast. Make sure that you are choosing dairy products that don't have a lot of extra ingredients like sugar or artificial flavors.

Low-sugar Fruits

Fruits may seem like a healthy choice, but some fruits are so high in sugar that they should be avoided except as an occasional treat. The best low-sugar fruits are berries. Throw some in with your yogurt for a healthy, filling snack.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy and cabbage are all considered cruciferous vegetables. They are healthy, filling and high in fiber.

Finally, drink plenty of water. Keep healthy snacks with you when you are on the go. The worst thing you can do for your diet is allow yourself to get too hungry, but with a little planning , you can stay full and satisfied with healthy foods.

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