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February 19, 2009

i was up much earlier than usual (before 6AM!) and felt super refreshed and super hungry- two things that i rarely feel after waking up. i was also really thirsty- i chugged three glasses of water this morning.

since i’m all outa yogurt (the horror!), i went with some cereal. in my bowl went 1/2 cup total cranberry crunch, 1 cup kashi heart to heart, a small banana, and 1 cup skim milk. why all the measurements? i decided i’d start calorie counting on extra hungry days (and i have a feeling this is one of em!). this way i know when i need to stop, but also when it’s okay to have an extra snack. i’ll post the total at the end of the day!

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what is it that makes us hungrier on some days? i have about a 10 day span before *you know* when i become a food monster and i’m like enter me in a hot dog eating contest hungry.  kath posted a blurb on it from shape mag last night, so i know i’m not the only one.  how do you deal with crazy pms hunger?

one of my solutions is to make a biiig plate of veggies, fruit, and something carby (crackers, pita or baguette slices) with pb, hummus, or cheese after breakfast and leave it out so i have something to munch on til dinner.

but even after a big dinner, i find myself walking over to the kitchen and grabbing random things like a handful of nuts, a handful of cereal, a piece of dried fruit,  a spoonful of pb, etc thorough out the night.  i KNOW i’m not hungry but i just like having something to munch on. so even if i eat piece by piece a slowly as i can, i still feel disgusted with my lack of self control.

oh! just thought of this- should i chew gum? i think i’ll do it the biggest loser style and chew some extra sugar free gum- it’s worth a try. as annoying as their product plugs are, i guess they’re helpful…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2009 8:14 am

    Looks delish!!

    Don’t chew gum – it causes bloating.

  2. February 19, 2009 8:19 am

    I think having a big plate of veggies is a good idea. They’re really low cal and so healthy for you. Also keeping something you can sip on is a good way to keep your mouth occupied. If you want it to be non-caloric, try making yourself a cup of tea and taking sips of that every time you want to munch. Often I think its just the sensation of wanting something to keep our mouth busy rather than true hunger.

  3. February 19, 2009 10:06 am

    I definitely think there is a hormonal connection, but I try not to let that be an excuse to eat more than usual because despite wanting more I usually don’t need more. I think recognizing it is the #1 important thing!

  4. February 19, 2009 1:30 pm

    Meat. I eat lots of meat during this hongry hongry hippo week.

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