Hungry? Or Just Not Satisfied?

Date Posted:12 August 2014 

Susie asks Linda…
Lately I have been eating way too much, especially at night and I can't seem to stop. Anything I can do about it? I have not increased my exercise. I think because it's colder I get bored and want to eat. How can I stop myself from doing this? 

Linda replies
Are you hungry, or just not satisfied? 
If you are hungry, it may indicate that you haven’t eaten enough, or enough of the right types of foods throughout the day. Many people trying to lose weight restrict their intake in the morning in the hope to cut calories, but really only end up playing catch-up later in the day.

You may also not have had enough to drink – many people mistake thirst for hunger so trying to incorporate a large glass of water with each meal and snack is a good idea (avoid really cold water, warm or room temperature is best)

Not feeling satisfied is that I’m not really hungry, but I just want something else feeling. More than often I find this happens when the tastes in the meal are imbalanced, or the proportions of carbohydrates to protein to vegetable or salad, aren’t quite right.

Aim to get a balance of the main tastes in each meal sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The easy way to do this is to sprinkle Vata, Pitta or Kapha churna (spice mixtures) over your meal after serving, or sauté vegetables with a little spice mix while cooking.

Aim for vegetables to cover at least half of your plate, your protein about the size of the palm of your hand, and carbohydrates about the size of your fist. Always start your meal with sips of warm water to which you can add one third of a teaspoon of Agni Balance to fire up a sluggish digestion. During winter and early spring it is important to tone up the digestion by taking 1-2 tablets of Digest Tone prior the evening meal.

If you are finding you are having cravingsor difficulties withgrazing try drinking 3-4 cups of Be Trim tea during the day. With herbs and spices like gymnema sylvestre, fennel seed, cinnamon and cardamom, Be Trim Tea is a flavoursome, natural way to help balance fat and sugar metabolism and curb snack cravings, day or night.

If weight loss is a current goal for you then the Be Trim booster packs include a free Be Trim Tea.

Wishing you the bliss of balance,

Linda Sinden
Maharishi Ayurveda Practitioner

Get Balance Team

Linda Sinden has been a practising Maharishi Ayurveda Consultant since 1990 and is a regular contributor to our weekly Insights. She has a practice in Auckland, New Zealand and also provides phone or Skype sessions for those who need assistance, but don’t have a consultant in their vicinity.
Skype: Linda.Sinden
Mobile: +64 212237525 

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