How can you tell the difference...?
It's the New Year and many are embarking on new diets. Maybe you are trying Whole 30 or Keto or maybe you are not even following a specific diet per say, but eating more mindfully and working on getting the sugar out. Whatever it may be, at some point you will most likely be faced with the question, "Am I hungry right now, or is this a craving?"
A quick way to decipher how you are feeling is to ask yourself, "Am I hungry enough to eat chicken and broccoli?" If the answer is no, then you're not really hungry, you are most likely just having a craving. So, what do you do? I suggest to get a glass of water first, call a friend, go for a walk, and give yourself about 10-20 minutes, this feeling will pass. If the answer is yes, then you should eat something!
I also want add that many times there are physical feelings that go along with hunger, such as hunger pangs, growling or grumbling of the stomach, maybe even weakness or lightheadedness, feeling shaky, irritable or cranky. But, I have found that when we find the diet that is right for us, with good fats, proteins and the right carbohydrates, most may not feel these sensations. That is because most of these physical sensations exist when the blood sugar drops and we become hypoglycemic, or our hormones that help us feel full and satiated, such as leptin, are out of whack. By filling your plate with good food...food that doesn't mess with your hormones or your mind is going to make you feel better...so you can trust the messages your body is sending you!