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The Weirdness of Hunger


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The Weirdness of Hunger

tatamagouche | Jul 14, 2010 12:39 PM

So yesterday, I ate a LOT. WAY too much.

So today, I planned, of course, on not eating so much.

Now this is a pattern I'm very familiar with. Sometimes it's easy—I might even still be full from the day before until fairly late in the afternoon. Sometimes, however, like today, my belly is empty. And I mean EMPTY.

I ate a small breakfast, but no smaller than usual (not much of a breakfast eater). I was hungry by 10.

For lunch I ate a large salad, with protein in it, as I often do (and no, it wasn't smaller or less nutritious than I thought it was), and an orange. That was an hour and a half ago and I'm hungry again.

And I mean HUNGRY. Not like "no longer full" but really like my tummy feels completely empty, it's growling.

I have days like this, as well as days in which I'm not very hungry throughout the day, even when I *haven't* overeaten the day before, by the way.

Anyway, twofold question to any nutritionists etc. out there: 1) Can you explain the phenomenon? Can a stomach really expand and contract that much? 2) What can one do about such hunger when one has already eaten a healthy meal and doesn't need to ingest more calories? Yes, I'm drinking water.

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