There’s a good article in Health Magazine in the September Issue about food cravings.
You daydream about lunch at 10:30 am, a half hour after you finish eating your sniffing around the fridge. It seems like your always hungry, so what’s going on. There can be two possible answers, one is that your on a diet and you cut too many calories. But that’s not usually the problem, number two is you can eat lots of calories and still not be satisfied.
Your not eating nutrient-dense foods. If your body didn’t get the nutrition it needed from your last meal, and that might take 30 minutes or so, your body will send another signal to your brain in the form of a food craving that you need to eat again. And these cravings will keep coming until the body is satisfied it has enough of the vitamins or minerals it needed.
You can fix your problem. You can start with 11 or 12 grams of protein in the morning. Like two eggs or greek yogurt with berries. And be careful how much fat you cut from your diet. Your body needs the good fats (fat from plants) not animal fat. There two types of body fat and that’s one reason some people can’t lose their body fat, there is white fat that your body can not burn and there’s brown fat that your body burns to create energy. That why it’s so important to know what your eating. The bad fat that you eat will be stored and you will probably never get rid of it. The good fat is critical for body functions. So a low-fat diet is okay, but cut the bad fats and eat the good fats from olive oil, nuts, avocados and salmon. Check the internet for a list of good fat, they also keep you full longer.
Watch which kind of smoothie your drinking. It’s better to make your own. Your want that 12 grams of protein and you won’t get it because you added milk. If you like smoothies, try a protein smoothie and add some protein power. The best is Whey. But it has wheat and you don’t want wheat, look for one with another plant protein like almonds or greek yogurt.
Another fix to the cravings is to keep a food journal for a few weeks. Add all the calories your eating everyday and you may be surprised to find your consuming 1000 calories more than you need. If you have a smartphone you can get a free app that will count the calories for you. MyFitnessPal is a good one. The average person only needs about 1500 calories a day but we are all different and if you use the app I suggested it will tell you how many calories you need. You can also go on their website and get the same information.