Hunger Pangs

maxresdefaultWhen the physical demand of more energy to work through an exercise routine along with comes the physical demand for fuel. This was no stranger to me yesterday as I felt like I couldn’t eat enough. I probably ate enough food for two days as I felt hunger pangs all day. The funny thing about it was that I only increased my walk by 15 minutes. That extra time must have caused signals to go off inside my body which demanded the extra calories.

Today I am one pound heavier and my blood sugar is a little higher also. I am certainly no stranger to starting a workout program and understand that my body is just doing what a body does. There is only one way to solve an issue like this and it involves the word “No”.

I eat a healthy breakfast at 6:00 AM an it should be enough to last me until lunchtime which I usually partake in at noon. At around 2 hours after breakfast my body pretty much fully digests breakfast and believes that it needs more fuel just incase it has to endure another morning workout which it remembers from earlier in the morning. Although I know that there will be no other workout for the day the body doesn’t. So it is the me who holds the job of teaching my body that there will be no other high demand for energy like the workout it went through earlier. I do this by saying “No”. No more fuel. Sorry pal, if your hungry then you will have to rely upon those energy stores you call fat. Training is hard work and you have to be strong.

I define training as teaching your body to do something that it really doesn’t want to do. Whether it’s lifting heavy weights or heart pumping cardio, the body tends to want to stay in a comfort zone.

As with any habit it takes about 21 days of a committed schedule to both exercise and diet to get to a point where the body is actually starting to learn it. This one of the reasons why we should never start a new exercise and diet plan by jumping in with with full force. It is only through consistency that will allow for change. We are not machines, but living breathing and thinking organisms who are in tune with the balances of nature.

So, for today my mission is to continue to progress in my workout routine and to find the strength to push away those hunger pangs between breakfast and lunch. When that feeling comes along I know that my body has been properly fueled and there is no needs to continue to eat. I have learn to embrace and celebrate those feelings of hunger as signs of positive change that will eventually lead to a healthier body.

The one important thing I have learn is that by caving into eating just one thing when going through these episodes of hunger pangs quickly leads to more. I will just eat one banana and maybe a healthy snack bar quickly leads to a slice of pizza and a burger with fries. No, not one item of food until the next meal. Not one!
Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 193.0

Bowflex- CHEST
Bench Press- 220- 18
Incline Press- 220- 17
Decline Press- 220- 18
Fly’s- 120- 16

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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29 Responses to Hunger Pangs

  1. check out lowcarbhighfatmoderateprotein It really dropped my sugar and fueled my body. Your cravings are needing more fat. They do go away. Read information on Dr. Eric Westman or, is Dr. Enfeldt. These are real doctors spreading a diabetes cure thru nutrition. It is not hype or selling anything. It changed my life. I dropped 150 lbs just thru dropping bread and sugar. Love your blog.

    • I tried this approach last year and found that fat caused a great deal of distress to my lower GI. I hate to say it but I found most success with a vegan diet.

    • These are supposedly real doctors writing books and selling them IMO. There is no such thing as diabetes cure; keeping your BG under control doesn’t mean that you’re cured. One can drop bread and sugar from their diet without reading said books but by following what they tell you in Diabetes Education.

      Oh and doctors are known to make mistakes, too.

  2. Ashley says:

    Have you thought about having a protein shake after your strength training? I have a recipe for a great vegan one….. Also you may notice you are “gaining weight” but remember that muscle is heavier then fat. Go by how your clothes fit, more then what your scale says. And having a healthy snack of like fruit or nuts between meals should be ok and make you feel full with out eating a lot. Just some ideas. If you have Netflix I would strongly recommend watching Forks Over Knives. My dad was type 2 and just about reversed it and lost weight, just by changing what he was eating. Good luck!

    • I watched Forks over Knives when it first came out. Excellent documentary. I do a protein shake after each strength training routine and it helps. For some people a healthy snack works well. I have always had a problem with it though as it makes me more hungry. I just have to get my body back to where it was over the summer months. I was fasting a few times a week and where I would skip breakfast and which gave my body 18 hours of fasting time. I will get back to that point soon enough.

  3. for me, i find hunger pangs are related to high glycemic foods, especially processed carbs. that’s why i would never touch a snack bar, and bananas are very glycemic so they are not a go-to food for me either. i spent years eating oatmeal for breakfast and was always hungry by 10:00. today, a breakfast of mixed nuts (high fat) works very well for me, and no hunger pangs til lunch. i’ve also found that sitting at a desk all day will generate hunger pangs because the body stops burning fat when it’s not moving. taking a break and walking around the block seems to help me. good luck with your program

    • You know what’s funny Ken, I believed that this approach would work for me and wrote about it a great deal in my posts. The problem was that I struggled with higher numbers than I do when eating more healthy carbs. I know that it doesn’t make sense but my pancreas works better which more carbs as long as I am not overeating.

      • so you went on a high-fat diet and your blood sugar numbers went up?

      • I practiced Robb Wolffs diet for almost 7 months and struggled with my numbers. Although there were good days there were also plenty of bad days. I also had major issues with out of control dihrea and gas pains. The only positive thing was fat loss and muscle gain.

      • i’m not a nutritionist and can’t give you any advice, except to say it sounds strange to hear about issues with a diet of wild/grass-fed meat, fruits, nuts, and vegetables which is as close to natural as we can get. was there something new/different in that diet that didn’t agree with you? have you looked into food allergies? my wife can’t eat nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants), which is something that she discovered after 50. as for myself, i avoid processed foods to the max extent possible. good luck!

      • Thanks Ken, I have a lot of problems with eggs and some meats but not all. I can eat goat without issues. I think it is age.

  4. camcoogan says:

    You are so right- it is very hard to eat just one! Saying NO to between meal snacking is a great way to discipline yourself. Back in the day, we did not snack between meals. So, come mealtime, we were hungry enough to eat whatever Mom cooked- even beef liver!

  5. New Journey says:

    what about H2O….giving the stomach something to appease it….sometimes that helps the body realize its wrong….warn lemon water….helps your toxins clean out and gives your body something to digest at the same time….just a thought…I used to carry a thermos with hot water and a lemonor lime and knife to slice fresh lemon into my coffee cup at work…just a thought….I also like fresh orange water…..great post…good job..go get em’ Billy…..kat

  6. Pamela says:

    I admire your discipline. I need to be more like that when it comes to working out.

  7. Kim Smyth says:

    Me too, I fit in walks where I can and now have a part time job that involves physical activity that I wasn’t getting before, that’s a good place to start but I know I need to do more.

  8. jespidi says:

    Wow! You just described some of the struggles i have to avoid eating unnecessary food between hours. And i don’t really follow a diet (well, i am trying smoothies!) , just the fact of limitting me to sugar, specially with my boyfriend, because he eats too much sweets and other fats. So it makes a big difference making food from the scratch! But anyway, your post was awesome to read, because as i said, the struggle of eating between hours is horrible. …

  9. Dede says:

    My dietician said to eat every four hours to keep blood glucose stable. Six hours in a long time especially after exercise

  10. suzewannabe says:

    I heard years ago that hunger pangs are fat cells dying. Lol. Idk of true, but a helpful visual for me. “And your little dog too!”

  11. When hunger contractions start to occur in the stomach , they are informally referred to as hunger pangs. Hunger pangs usually do not begin until 12 to 24 hours after the last ingestion of food. A single hunger contraction lasts about 30 seconds, and pangs continue for around 30 to 45 minutes, then hunger subsides for around 30 to 150 minutes.

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