Why Am I Starving So Early After Breakfast

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Every morning I eat my breakfast of organic whole grain cereal, skim milk and blueberries. I’m trying to be healthy, but when I get to work an hour later I’m already starving. I feel like I have such a big appetite! What can I do?

First I want to say that what you are experiencing is extremely common. I would say that the majority of my nutrition clients come to me with this exact issue. And I understand why – eating a breakfast of organic cereal, skim milk, and blueberries seems like the “perfect” healthy breakfast straight out of all the diet books and magazines.

But often this meal leaves us with a blood sugar spike – a fast rise in blood sugar that falls quickly and leaves us feeling hungry soon after. This situation is the common paradox that occurs when we try to eat healthy: FIRST we change our breakfast to one with “healthier” ingredients. BUT because these “healthier” ingredients are missing some important components, we feel unsatisfied soon after eating. THEN we end up eating more than usual. And EVENTUALLY we feel guilty for being “a person with a big appetite”. How does this happen?

Let’s take a closer look at the breakfast…

  1. Organic Whole Grain Cereal = A complex carbohydrate with fiber – often has added sugar (cane sugar is just another name for sugar) which is a simple carbohydrate.

  2. Skim Milk = A simple carbohydrate with the fat removed.

  3. Blueberries = A simple carbohydrate (with an abundance of antioxidants).

What we have here are a lot of carbohydrates. Energy-providing and essential to the functioning of the body, carbohydrates are made of sugar. When sugar enters the body it eventually reaches the blood stream thereby causing a rise in blood sugar. Now a rise in blood sugar is not a bad thing – it is what gives energy to the body. It is when blood sugar rises too fast that is becomes a problem. Refined sugars, such as white sugar and brown sugar, cause the biggest spike. Simple sugars, such as those in honey and fruit, are next on the list, and complex carbs, such as whole grains, are last because their linked sugars take time to break down.

What can you do to slow down the rise of blood sugar? How can you feel satisfied for longer after a meal? Three words: fiber, fat, and protein. These three magic nutrients are the answer. Let’s take a closer look at the breakfast and see what can be done to add these three so it lasts longer…

  1. Organic Whole Grain Cereal:

    • Contains fiber so will help
    • Some have sugar added so look for cereals that do not have “cane sugar”, “cane juice”, “organic cane sugar”
    • OR cook your own hot cereal using whole grains such as oats, amaranth, or millet (have a lot of fiber and are not refined or processed)
    • Or consider eating eggs when you really need your meal to last (contain fat and protein)
  2. Skim Milk:

    • Made of simple sugars with the fat removed
    • An excellent alternative is a plain, whole fat (as nature intended), non-homogenized yogurt – the fat will help slow down the release of the simple sugars AND the yogurt will provide probiotics to help your digestion
  3. Blueberries

    • A fantastic source of antioxidants and fiber
    • I wouldn’t change a thing here BUT I would consider adding one of the following ingredients to help the meal be even more satisfying:
      • Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, or pecans
      • Flax, hemp or pumpkin seeds
      • Coconut flakes

Do not be afraid of adding fat, protein and fiber to your diet. In the end, if you listen to your body’s hunger signals and eat when you’re hungry and finish when you’re satisfied, you will end up eating less – and enjoy the process much more along the way!



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Tualang Honey; A Gift From the Jungle

What is Tualang Honey?

A honey from the Malaysian jungles is attracting attention from researchers who are finding it has unexpected health properties beyond those of the famous Manuka honey of Australia and New Zealand.

While it has been used as medicine and food for thousands of years, researchers are confirming the therapeutic value of honey — accelerated wound healing, infection fighting, anti-tumor, and anti-diabetic properties, to name a few.

When a pollen-producing plant species has health or curative properties, those characteristics transfer to honey via the pollen harvested by bees. Until recently, Manuka honey from New Zealand has been the gold standard, with higher levels of methylglyoxal, a natural antibacterial, than other types of raw honey. By placing hives into Manuka groves, beekeepers produce and harvest this “monofloral” honey, meaning the hive worker bees have harvested pollen only from the Manuka tree blossoms, which gives the honey it’s unusual therapeutic properties.

Tualang honey is produced by the rock bee (Apis dorsata), a type of honeybee, that builds its colonies in one of the tallest trees in the world, the Tualang tree of Southeast Asia, and in particular, the Malaysian peninsula. Specimens as high as 260 ft. (80m) have been recorded. The species is found in lowland forests — indigenous people believe the giant trees are inhabited by spirits. This belief has spared the trees from the logging industry. Tualang honey is only found in these jungle giants — the tree’s smooth bark makes climbing difficult for honey loving predators like the sun bear.  

 

The honey-loving Malaysian Sun Bear

 

Honey can be monofloral or polyfloral. Manuka is monofloral, with the Manuka tree species as the pollen source. Polyfloral Tualang honey differs in that the rock bees pollinate diverse Malaysian jungle plants and flowers, and those plant properties find their way in to the honey. The therapeutic potential of multiple rainforest plant species are captured in Tualang honey.  

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