Lack of Nutrients = Always Hungry

 

One second you’re opening the fridge and cabinets, making yourself your typical breakfast and then the next thing you know you’re on your way out the door and you are already hungry.

Hmm…

At first I thought maybe I wasn’t eating enough and then I looked back and I was sure that wasn’t the problem. What was it? Did I just have to control myself more when it came to food?

I started analyzing the way I felt and there was a big difference in my hunger when I ate healthy whole foods and when I ate processed foods and foods that weren’t as nutritious.

Then I learned about a term : Nutrient Starved

In my studies I have learned that our bodies require nutrients to function properly and to provide us with energy to enjoy doing all the things we love. The way our body communicates to us to let us know that it is in the need of nutrients is by sending a signal that we perceive as the feeling of hunger.

You see, if we continuously try to respond to that signal by eating non nutritious foods we will never be satisfied– we will always be hungry.

The reality is that the standard american diet lacks in nutrients. Not only have we increased the consumption of processed foods, but the quality of our fruits and vegetables aren’t the same as they used to be because of our mass production needs and the depletion of the soil quality in commercial farms.

These are some other symptoms of being Nutrient Starved:

  • Waking up tired
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Craving sweets
  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive gums
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Hungry between meals

Any of these symptoms can be a result of being Nutrient Deprived.

Here is our How to Satisfy our Nutrient Needs:

  • Take a look at your diet and analyze how much processed food you’re consuming and how much ‘real food’ you are consuming.  ( The less processed the better)
  • Eat organic as much as possible, organic foods are more likely to be rich in nutrients
  • Focus on eating nutrient dense foods! An example can be switching your old wheat based pasta to zucchini noodles or plant based noodles
  • Consume more superfoods you can choose from my LIST
  • Make sure you are absorbing the nutrients in your foods by
    • Eating with no distractions A.K.A  practicing mindful eating
    • Chew foods thoroughly
    • Make sure your digestion is good

Remember everyone is different and everyone benefits from different foods, If you’d like to learn more about your body type you can check out this POST  🙂

Learning & Growing

Alana Lima

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