In the Kitchen with Leah Itsines: Why are we always hungry?

Leah Itsines

Leah Itsines is a self-confessed foodie and lives to cook delicious and healthy recipes. She believes in enjoying every step of your health and fitness journey but with so many different opinions of how to diet, what to eat, detox regimes – it’s so easy to unintentionally damage your body. Leah wants to help women understand that healthy living doesn’t have to always be about restriction and it isn’t hard to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. She joins CLIQUE Mag every fortnight to talk about health issues and create easy and nutritious recipes for our readers to try at home.

I always hear women say that they’re so hungry a short while after eating… but why is this? The issue is what you’ve done during the day, including exercise, water, eating, sleep and so many more factors. Here are some of the key reasons as to why you may be left hungry after dinner and how to fix it.

Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast is “Breaking the fast” from your overnight sleep….if you think about it, your body hasn’t been given anything to run on in 7+ hours, so the way the body copes is by slowing down your metabolic rate.  Having breakfast in the morning breaks this ‘fasting’ cycle and yells GOOD MORNING to your body, to which your body wakes up, speeds up and starts burning! A lot of us busy bee’s are pressed for time in the mornings, and sometimes eating breakfast is LAST on the list of important things to do before work…..which is NOT good! Skipping breakfast will result in you being HUNGRIER during the day and therefore make you more likely to snack & reach for something sugary.

You're not eating enough

Similarly to the previous, skipping ANY meal and not eating enough to fuel your body is NOT good for you. There are two main reasons as to why this doesn’t work, first being that when you decide to skip a meal, your body goes into what medical professionals call a “fasting mode” which will increase your insulin response. Insulin is a hormone which moves glucose (sugar) from the blood into the muscles and fat cells for storage – which is not what we want!!  The second reason is that you will be HUNGRY and more likely to over-indulge with every meal you do have throughout the day. If you don’t eat, your body will crave high-fat and high sugar foods as they’re the quickest source of energy! IDEALLY, 3 main meals and 2 snacks is an amazing start!

You're Dehydrated

Dehydration can often be mistaken for being hungry, often we’re dehydrated without even realizing so. We often mistake the feeling of hunger for being thirsty which results us to overeat, instead of hydrating our bodies. If you’re still hungry after a meal try drinking a glass of water or two and then assess if you’re still ‘hungry’ 20-30 minutes later. To prevent dehydration we should aim to drink 2-3L of water a day!

Recipe: Banana and Raspberry Protein Bread

Here is a recipe for a SUPER easy snack for those 3 o’clock cravings!

Ingredients:

– 1 Cup Almond Meal
– 3 Very Ripe Bananas Mashed
– 1⁄4 Cup Vanilla Protein powder
– 1⁄4 Cup Raw Honey
– 1 Tsp Baking Soda
– 1 Cup Fresh Raspberries
– 3 Eggs
– Pinch Of Cinnamon

Method:
– Place all ingredients in a bowl together except the berries!
– Use a spoon to combine all ingredients together.
– Once the mixture is thick in consistency, fold the berries in with a spoon.
– Pour into a pre-lined cake tin and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, or until brown.
– Using a skewer, poke it deep into the cake; if it comes out clean, it’s ready!

*If vegan – 1/3 cup of apple sauce can replace 1 egg in any baking recipe!
Replace honey with rice malt syrup. Make that switch if needed!

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