Taming The Inevitable Hungry, Hungry Hippo

On Monday, I began the final stage of my shoot preparation.  My “shoot” is the week of September 19th.  I can’t tell you much about it, but people always say, why can’t you just be as you are? For this reason, I’m revealing my motivation vaguely.

Eating clean on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday went well.  I had minimal if any cravings for sweet treats, alcohol or starchy foods in the evening.  I asked you guys if you typically felt more hungry the day after eating well on Tuesday.  I expected I would but I didn’t yet…  Well, my hunger finally arrived Day 4!

This is what I wanted...

I woke up for a short 35 minute interval run (sprint 4 minutes, walk 1 minute).  After eating my usual protein pancake breakfast, I was not satisfied.  I went ahead and had a grapefruit.  I also had a 1/4 piece of a buckwheat bake that I made for a video yesterday with a small spread of peanut butter.  Finally I was good.

This is what I had... I could eat my body weight in lettuce

About 2 1/2-3 hours later, I wanted something creamy and sweet.   I made a greek yogurt parfait with vanilla stevia, 1/4 cup of steal cut oatmeal, and 1/4 of a cantaloupe chopped up.  I had a reverse dessert consisting of dried edamame and wasabi peas.  Boy was I full.  For my real lunch (3 hours later) I had a small handful of almonds and a salad with chicken, tomato, romaine, onion, cucumber and balsamic vinegar.

I wish I could say that this was satisfying but it was not.  I had 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with celery, a whole heart of celery.  Even though I feel like I’ve been eating all day, adding up the calories this really is only about 1000-1200 calories.  All I have left is dinner so as long I stay within 400 calories (which I will), today was a hungry hungry hippo success!  Here is how I did it:

  • Eat low calorie food that are high volume and take a long time to eat.  Celery, greek yogurt, high water concentration fruit, lettuce all are low calorie in regards to their volume.
  • Measure things out that are high calorie.  I measured the peanut butter, counted the almonds and measure the salad dressing.  This way you know how many calories you are really consuming when it comes to high calorie per volume foods.
  • Chew gum and drink water.  I’m addicted to gum.  When I have days like today and I constantly feel hungry, I tried to have some on hand so I don’t mistake a craving for hunger.  Drinking tons of water also helps you realize if you are really full after you finish eating.
  • Go for a walk.  I needed some inspiration and motivation so I went for a walk to grab a coffee and then kept on walking for about 30 minutes.  When I got back, I was ready to work.
What are your tricks to curbing insatiable hunger?
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