Constant hunger & hormones? | nutrition post

Lets talk hormones and constant hunger…..

Sometimes – especially during “that time of the month” you can feel extra hungry

Maybe you get extra cravings and just feel like your stomach is a black hole…. and that is ok.

Hunger is nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. It is your bodies way of telling you to eat more. And you know what? During “that time of the month” for women your body actually burns more energy because there are processes happening in your body. (Source).

You feel more tired, heavy, sluggish and extra hungry.

But even if it isn’t hormones… maybe you are just stressed,not sleeping enough or maybe haven’t been eating enough. The best thing to do is to just eat until you are satisfied.

Eat that extra snack, take an extra portion if you need it. Eat an hour later if you get hungry again.

The worst thing you can do is to restrict or deprive yourself if your body is sending actual hunger signals.

Of course it’s a good thing to make sure you are also drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. Not to mention eating balanced and not just eating pringles and mac and cheese, but maybe eat some fruit and veggies as well.

Don’t be scared to eat more if that is what your body is telling you it needs.

The past 2-3 days i have been extremely hungry. Eaten a normal amount of food for me but it just hasn’t been enough so I’ve eaten more and eaten more snacks. It’s a combination of hormones as well as both studying, working and feeling stressed. So i know my body needs more food and energy.

And now 3 days later i am back to my regular hunger and fullness feelings. Not needing extra snacks or larger portions. Feeling satisfied after my regular meals.

And that is also my bodies way of showing me it’s healthy and balanced. That i can listen to those signals and know that when i am extra hungry i need more energy, and then after eating more my body goes back to regular hunger/fullness for me.

It can be scary to eat more than normal,but if that is what your body is signalling… then eat. Don’t just drink black coffee and chew gum and think it will pass – the best thing to do is to just eat.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. carol says:

    For me, at “time of the month” I am always extra hungry for a couple of days leading up to it and then I often have a really strong craving for chocolate. Then when everything actually kicks in my appetite goes back to normal and I don`t crave any chocolate. I know that it will pass so I just put it down to hormones and eat extra. I used to try to deny it because I felt I was just being greedy but I learnt that it is easier to go with it rather than fight against it 🙂
    When I think about it, our bodies are marvellous things telling us what they need. The trick is to learn to listen and trust it !


  2. carol says:

    PS – why do we sometimes lose our appetites and want to eat less ? whats the best thing/food to do/eat when this happens? I sometimes get days where I am just not hungry at all, so I just wondered.


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