Since my 2012 angioplasty and the complete change in my eating habits which followed, it’s fair to say that I am always hungry. It’s really not possible, I’ve found, to eat enough low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar food to fill me. The only exception is when I make whole wheat pasta and eat large portions of that.
A theory I heard years ago about feeling hungry had to do with over-consuming sugar. But my sugar consumption is way down since giving up cakes and chocolate candies of many kinds. Have you had the same experience with hunger since trying to eat healthier?
Former Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels has these suggestions for dealing with a big appetite:
- Eat lower-calorie foods that are high in fiber to help fill you up
- Drink lots of water and include water-rich foods
- Get some sleep
I routinely do the first two without any noticeable help. I’m getting more sleep since retiring, but it’s coming in fits and starts, so it doesn’t seem to be helping either. I need to keep looking for an answer, although I think the answer is to just accept it as the price of a healthy diet.