Hungry Hungry WIAW

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Ever since thanksgiving, my hunger has been way out of whack!  I think going home throws me off, as most of my family eats three square meals per day, and I generally just eat constantly, when hunger strikes.  Which is usually at really odd times.  I also think a lot of my self-control went out the window with thanksgiving, and I’m trying to make up for it.

Basically, the balance/satisfaction really isn’t there.  The fast few days I was probably not eating enough, that by this evening nothing would satisfy me.  I tried drinking water, but all I wanted was more food.  And the really frustrating part was that I could not for the life of me figure out what exactly it was that my body needed, other than more.

When it comes down what I really need to eat, I actually don’t really know.  How many calories, how much from fats, proteins, carbs, etc.  I know I feel low energy without enough protein, so I made sure that was not the issue.  Also, my energy levels were the same as usual, and I otherwise feel fine.  I’m just hungry, but no particular food sounds good to me.  I tried to get my nutrients and all, but I still feel like I overdid it on the snacking front.

I thought I would use this What I Ate Wednesday to honestly share my delicious but off day of eats.  And of course, this would not be possible without Jenn, the lovely host!

Breakfast

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Nature’s path optimum organic cereal, on top of a mix of pumpkin, 1/2 scoop sun warrior, spirulina and almond milk – with lots of cinnamon on top. I actually eat cereal at least 2 or 3 times a week, but it’s usually my pressed-for-time breakfast, so it doesn’t often get photographed.

I waited about a half hour after breakfast, but I was still hungry then, so I had an apple with way too much nut butter (at least 2+ tablespoons).  But that held me over for a while, so I didn’t have my usual pre-workout banana.

Lunch

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Egg wrap (1egg, 1 white) on a WW tortilla, stuffed with spinach (it’s in there I promise!) with a little smear of goat creamy cheese, and TJ’s hot and sweet pepper jelly <–new fave!

I had a couple of these throughout the day:

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crystallized ginger from the bulk bins at whole foods – I love that you can still tell that it’s made from real ginger!

Now begins my ridiculous hunger, which I also partially blame on the HIIT workout I did today.

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On-the-go ‘shake’ – almond milk, frozen banana, 2T oats, more sun warrior, pumpkin pie spice, and 1t of blackstrap molasses for a bit of extra iron and sweetness.

Between this and dinner I probably had the equivalent of a whole meal.  Some hummus and raw veggies, a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips, a small handful of raw nuts, and a rice cake or two (two, I think…).  Dinner came about 45 minutes after that craziness.

Dinner

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Steam-fried brussels sprouts and tempeh, served on a bed of spinach, topped with salsa, mustard, notch and a few walnuts.  It was delicious, but I still wasn’t full – let alone satisfied.

Dessert

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I made some vegan chocolate chip donuts, and probably ate about 4 of the minis.  So good! But I really need to learn how to stop myself.

I would love some insight, if you have any advice or can relate to this:

How do you handle insatiable hunger/binge days?

Have you had an issue with HIIT strength workouts triggering crazy hunger? How do you deal?

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16 thoughts on “Hungry Hungry WIAW

  1. Lele

    I don’t do HIIT workouts (er, I should… maybe) but I do have a job at a food bank that involves working in a warehouse for hours every day lifting heavy boxes and so on. And I get home and am STARVING! I, er, don’t totally have a lot of advice for you… I’m actually having the same problem as you! But having a bigger lunch seems to help me get less binge-y later.

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  2. Rebecca

    Great eats throughout the day. Every now and then I will get those crazy hungers, and I’ve found its because I’m missing something. I find if I eat certain things, they go away like yogurt, chocolate or drink tea or coffee.

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  3. Lyn @ FueledBySalad

    I know the feeling of being super unsatisfied the whole day, but hopefully it’ll go away after your body goes back to normal. I just try to keep busy and drink lots of water. :/ Nah, I don’t do much HIIT workouts, unfortunately. ><
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  4. Tessa at Amazing Asset

    I have been an insatiable beast lately too! However, I am just going with the fact that it’s my body telling me I need more fuel. I have been kicking up my weight lifting a bit more lately because of my lack of running, and it is making me hungry! I would take it as a good sign and try to eat foods that are filling and healthy during these times. Just try and see how hungry you are feeling before eating something…obviously easier said than done, but we can both work on it together :)

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    1. Rachel Post author

      Glad to know I’m not the only one! Learning to associate hunger with my body’s need for fuel is something I definitely need to work on.

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    1. Rachel Post author

      It seems like a ton of people are having a crazy hungry week, which seems counterintuitive right after thanksgiving!
      I can’t believe I only just discovered pepper jelly – I’m not a big fan of fruit jellies, they’re usually too sweet. But this stuff? Love!

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  5. Nada (One Arab Vegan)

    Vegan chocolate chip donuts sound insanely good right now!

    I did a lot of bodyrock over the summer and found that it definitely upped my apetite (which I kind of miss because running/cardio suppresses my apetite). I just increased my portion sizes and made sure I ate until I was full. I also had regular snacks throughout the day, mostly fruit, juices and smoothies.
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks for the suggestions, Nada! I love bodyrock, but I have a hard time adjusting my eating habits to the workouts I do – must change.
      Also, the donut recipe I used were the cookie dough donuts from ohsheglows.com – HIGHLY recommend :-)
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  6. Tt in nyc

    My nutritionist told me super hungry days can be because yesterday or even the day before you did not take in enough calories, so the deficit adds up until you want to eat your hand! For me a regular size cliff bar with a cup of yogurt will shut down the crazy hungry. To be satisfied i have to have lots of textures in my meals- chewy, crunchy, crispy, squishy, fluffy… And a little square of dk chocolate increases satisfaction for sure 😉

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