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Day 57: Mistaking thirst for hunger

on August 2, 2013

When you are next tempted to reach for a snack, check that its food your body is really after and not a drink. Sophisticated though our bodies are, it is surprisingly easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Sometimes all our body wants is a glass of water but instead we give it more food, leading to overeating and dehydration.

Its important on this diet to try not to ‘waste’ calories by drinking them. Sticking to herbal tea and water means that you are limiting your calorie intake to food only – and therefore you are more likely to use them wisely. Calories in drinks such as juice come from sugars which cause a spike in insulin – switching our body fat gauge to ‘store’ instead of ‘burn’ fat. For more on this see Day 33 post on Low carbs vs Low Fat diets.

It may be tempting to drink zero calorie, artificially sweetened drinks instead, however not only are these full of chemicals and high in acid, there is also some evidence that eating/drinking sweet tasting things still leads to insulin release (and therefore fat storage) even if they are calorie free.

Food Diary Day 57:

Breakfast: Menopause muesli – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Felafel & hummus salad with roasted peppers, tomatoes and green leaves

felafel salad

Dinner: Peppered smoke fish and stir fried vegetables (steamed broccoli, roasted courgette & pepperdew peppers) topped with sesame seeds and a few almonds

peppered fish salad

Drinks & Snacks: herbal tea, 2 mini pittas and hummus, 5 squares dark chocolate, 2 squares milk chocolate, 4 tortilla chips, 2 toffees – was tempted by a few things in the house today as I left it a bit too long between meals

 

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