What To Do When You Feel Hungry
Start writing a post

What To Do When You Feel Hungry

Are you genuinely hungry?

What To Do When You Feel Hungry
DermaMed Solutions

I can not even count on two hands how many times I was sitting on the couch relaxing, and I heard my stomach rumble. It is such a pain in the neck because half the time, I question if I am truly hungry. How could I possibly be hungry if I just ate half an hour ago.

This is something that I struggled with for years. I felt like I was constantly hungry, so I ate way more than I shouldn’t have. Unfortunately, this lead me to gain unnecessary and unwanted weight. I would feel bloated and sick because I was overeating. It made me miserable. It took me years to learn how to handle my hunger appropriately.

When your life is fast paced and involves running here, there, and everywhere, it is no wonder that we can find ourselves feeling hungry or overwhelmed. Sometimes, these hungry feelings are legitimate, and it would be wise to grab a snack, but many times, we eat because we are bored or stressed out. As a college student, this makes complete and total sense to me because I am either in class, working on an assignment, working, or running around doing errands. This often causes me to become overwhelmed, and then I feel hungry.

I have found that some of the best solutions to beating the feeling of hunger is to distract myself. Some of my favorite things to do when I begin to feel hungry are going to the gym, watching my favorite movie or anime, or listening to music. Ideally, I need to distract myself from my stressors to be able to take away my hunger.

When I am feeling genuinely hungry, I find it helpful to eat something healthy or something high in protein, like fresh fruits and veggies or deli meat. Other tricks that I have tried to suppress my hunger is drinking a large glass of water or chewing peppermint flavored gum.

Everyone is different, so some things that work for me, may not work for somebody else. We must experiment to find what is right for us. Remember, in our fast paced society, we sometimes mistake stress and anxiety for hunger, so examine your current situation to determine if you are legitimately hungry before stuffing your face with junk food.

Try some of these helpful tips when you are starting to feel hungry:

  • Drink a glass of ice water or hot tea
  • Chew a piece of gum or suck on a mint
  • Eat a piece of fruit or vegetable
  • Paint your nails
  • Read a book
  • Go for a walk or go to work
  • Find something to clean or organize
  • Log on to social media
  • Doodle or color in a coloring book
  • Talk to a friend on the phone
  • Take a nap
  • Plan out weekly menu (Don’t forget the protein!)
  • Do some yoga poses and deep breathing
  • Check your emails
  • Get a massage
  • Write in a journal
  • Brush your teeth (You won’t want to eat after cleaning your teeth.)
  • Make an inspiration board
  • Do a DIY project
  • Watch a movie or TV show
  • Meditate
  • Take a bubblebath
  • Listen to music
  • Experiment with your hair and make-up
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments