Emergency Hunger Rules and Ideas

I thought about the lady in yesterday’s blog, who was hungry and perhaps emotionally eating. I thought about what to do in a hunger emergency, so you don’t sabotage yourself in a glucose-low, and fill up on a high sugar item and keep feeding the vicious cycle of the blood sugar roller coaster–which leads to weight issues and poor health.

First of all, you should be eating a protein portion (4 to 6 ounces of meat, an egg or some cup of cheese. If you do this, you will cut down significantly on those lows. But, when you first lower sugar and carb intake, the lows are more felt and more often, until your body gets used to the new lifestyle. This could take around a week.

So, lastly, when you feel hungry, here is what you can do to fill in the gap until your next protein meal out of your minimum of six per day, spread out 3 to 4 hours in-between each meal.

Emergency Food

1. Have one of your four daily half-cup portions of vegetables. Or do two. Have one of your two small portions of salads and/or put your vegetables in it.

2. Have a liquid protein shake, about 6 ounces. This should cut your craving down significantly.

3. Have a small extra portion of a very low carb protein–meat, egg, cheese. You can do Greek yogurt, but keep in mind that if you do a flavored yogurt, pick wisely. One person I know loves Chobani and it is loaded in sugar and carbs. No wonder she likes it. Dannon Lite and Fit flavored Greek Yogurt has less than half of the sugar and carbs. If you eat the Chobani, you probably might as well eat the jelly beans (don’t).

4. Have just a few ounces of nuts or seeds.

5. Have one of your two small fruits that you can have in a day. Stick with lower sugar fruits if you can, like citrus or berries. You can even blend some into that protein shake/drink.

6. Have a low carb protein bar Ike Power Crunch, at 10g of carbs.

7. Make a low carb pizza, made with a cauliflower base. I have blogged about it before, but you can look at this particular recipe. http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/09/healthy-pizza-with-a-cauliflower-crust/

8. The low carb version of a Taco Bell Supreme item. I buy low carb burrito shells at Costco or Trader Joes, but they are at other places. They say low carb on them. Compare and Contrast. But, I make this all of the time and it is delicious. http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/985

9. Have these delicious soy pretend-pasta noodles. I have had them and they are good. Miracle Noodles aren’t good. These are good. They are at Ralph’s and Amazon.com. A little pasta lower sugar pasta sauce and cheese us yummy and filling.



Writing this blog made me hungry. I am going to go make number 8, right now.

The Dieter’s Enemy: HUNGER!

Nothing works better to sabotage a diet than hunger when you’re trying to eat less and lose weight.  While waiting around for any lunch, dinner or even Christmas dinner, make sure to follow these rules before you wait too long and start to get so hungry, that you make bad choices and/or eat too much.


Here’s how you can make food choices that will keep you feeling full and help prevent the hunger pangs that lead to diet-busting snacks or binges.

Food Strategies For Losing Weight

If you want to feel full all day on less food, focus on these eating strategies:

  • Get enough lean protein and fiber:  Protein is the number one thing to help you feel full, and he second thing is fiber.  If you are eating protein and not enough fiber, there are supplements that you can eat or take with fiber in them.  Or simply eat more veggies.  Eat this a small portion (4 ounces) every 3-4 hours to stave off hunger.
  • Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. People who eat the most fruits and veggies report the greatest weight loss and were less likely to say they felt hungry on any given day. This also helps when you go into maintenance.  Eat two portions of each a day, spread out to once earlier and once later in the day.  Salad twice a day too.
  • Sip soup. Adding two low-calorie soups to your diet every day could stave off hunger pangs and keep you satisfied longer. Choose soups that are broth-based, not cream-based, to reduce the calorie count; also look for soups that are low in sodium. Consider chunky, pureed vegetable soups, as they have been shown to produce the most lasting full feeling. Timing your soup so that you have it before a meal also reduces the amount you eat at that meal.
  • Eat whole grains. If you are going to eat any whole grains, keep in mind to minimize them due to their carb count, buy low carb versions and stick with whole grains, not bleached or other refined flour products.  One slice of bread INSTEAD of a fruit, twice a week max if you want to lose weight quickly.