Taming the Insatiable Beast
recognizing when you are really hungry
Our body has the natural ability to let us know when we have had enough to eat and when we are hungry. Listening to these subtle signals is critical when you are trying to avoid the blood sugar yo yo effect. When we ignore these signals and skip meals, or slam down some carbs when we're hungry, our appetite can start to resemble that of an insatiable beast.
Here are a few easy tip to curb the beast and lose the weight:
1. Use a hunger/fullness scale. Become aware of when you are hungry and when you are not. Use this scale before eating:
1=starving | 2=hungry | 3=just right | 4=full | 5=stuffed
If you are 3 or higher, wait before you eat. Take a drink of water and turn to your work or an activity. Check the scale again in 20 minutes if it's still on your mind.
2. Try to eat at least every 4-5 hours, every three hours is even better. This keeps your metabolism up and doesn't allow you to get too low on the hunger/fullness scale. Skipping meals is a surefire way to bring out the hunger beast. Plan ahead, and be prepared with healthy meal and snack options.
3. Add more fiber to your diet by choosing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains when you feel hungry. And make sure you're not eating only carbohydrates. Add a little protein, such as a small amount of nuts or seeds, and you'll feel full for longer.
If you tame your hunger you will find that losing weight will become easier as you avoid the extreme feelings of hunger that lead to binge eating and obsession with food.
Have an excellent day.
Steviva Brands, Inc.
Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Chocolate Pudding
Carbs Per Serving: 7.25 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
This is a very simple recipe that is delicious and loaded with anti-oxidants which the cocoa provides. I used Xanthan gum to give to thicken the pudding. Xanthan gum is gluten free,low in carbs are does a much better job then flour or corn starch.
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Xanthan gum
Pinch of salt
4 cups whole milk
2 large egg
8 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups
Whisk together the Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder, cocoa powder, Xanthan gum, and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until pudding is thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Beat the two eggs lightly in a medium sized bowl. Very gradually add the hot chocolate mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly.
Pour the pudding into the ramekins or cups. You can cover the surface of each of the pudding cups with cut out wax paper to prevent a skin from forming on the top. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.
Optional: Serve with whipped cream.
Total Calories: 791
Calories Per Serving: 11.37
Total Fat: 42.2 g
Saturated Fat: 23.4 g
Cholesterol: 562 mg
Sodium: 606 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 58 g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 7.25 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5
Sugars: 56 g
Protein: 44 g
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