It’s Making You Hungrier

In my journey to understand more about food science and the body I’ve discovered that there are certain foods that almost always make me hungrier when I eat them. This baffled me because food is supposed to satiate. So what is wrong?

The biggest culprit for me was bananas. As a runner I was eating bananas a lot. I’ve always loved bananas and as a runner I ate them to prevent muscle cramps. I also discovered that I would crash really hard when I ate them. I had no idea WHY I’d be ravenous after eating a banana until sometime told me it was the sugar. Huh. Interesting.

So what’s the story?


Sugar makes people hungrier–period. My doctor’s been telling me for years that sugar should be limited as much as possible. It’s something I struggle with. I want to cut out sugar from my diet but it’s hard.

Diet soda has recently been in the news as being worse for dieters. ” ‘Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don’t deliver something that will squelch the appetite,’ said Sharon Fowler, obesity researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego.”

For people trying to make better choices by choosing diet, it’s frustrating to hear that diet soda could be worse than regular soda. I suppose the answer is to just cut out soda, right? I’ve found that I really enjoy sparkling water a lot. It gives me that “soda” feeling without chemicals and sugar.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has been in the news lately too. According to most things I’ve read it’s basically the scourge of the world–making everyone fat. According to scientists, HFCS does weird things to the body. It interferes with your normal metabolism and makes it hard to stop eating! A sad fact: it seems that most processed foods contain HFCS too. Is it impossible to avoid? I don’t know.


My go-to snacks were often carb-based. I ate a lot of bread, crackers, cookies, etc. If I was hungry, my first stop was for something with carbs. I realized that I was eating a LOT of calories for something that wasn’t going to stay in my stomach and keep me full for long. White sugar and flour have no fiber or nutrients in them and it causes a huge crash for most people.

I also find that if I don’t eat bread for awhile, I stop craving it. I don’t miss it. But as soon as I start eating bread again my body craves it.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum stimulates the gastric juices and produces saliva. The body thinks there’s food about to enter the stomach so it makes you feel hungry. All this time I’ve been chewing gum to distract me from mindless snacking may have been detrimental in my struggle with snacking. Who knew?

No Roughage

I ate a lot of frozen dinners (Smart Ones, Lean Cuisines) when I was trying to lose 100 pounds because it was easy and portion controlled. Well apparently frozen meals aren’t that great for you (duh, I realized that pretty early on but still ate them) for a lot of reasons. They are high in sodium and don’t really have much fiber in them. Fiber is so important in a balanced diet (especially when trying to lose weight) because it fills you up.

For example, the one reason the Slow Carb Diet was successful for Michael (losing over 20 pounds) was because of the insane amount of beans we were eating. Beans are packed with fiber and fill you up.

Eating Real Food

As you can see, making your food choices is way more important than you think. When I go to eat a snack, or make a meal, I often ask myself now if it will fill me up. Are the calories worth it? If I’m going to eat this meal for 500 calories, will I be satisfied? Or hungry an hour later?

QUESTION: Do you find that certain foods you eat make you hungrier? Do you still eat them?


Eating Right Helps Fight Illnesses

Eating Right Helps Fight Illnesses

Guest Post By: Jackie Clark

I have had a personal experience in losing weight. As of right now I have lost 30 pounds by balancing healthy eating and exercise. I set another goal for myself and that is to lose 8 pounds by the end of August. My weight has always been my greatest challenge, but a year ago I realized that it didn’t have to be. I control what I eat and how I want my body to look. It was time to stop eating out of boredom and time to take back my body.

Diet is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet can help solve numerous medical problems including losing weight and overcoming illnesses like cancer and mesothelioma that is triggered from asbestos exposure. A well balanced diet can provide you the right balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to properly function. To understand about how diet affects you, there must be an understanding of what nutrients and vitamins are and how they help the body.

Carbohydrates provide the body with immediate energy as some of the digested sugars are immediately absorbed into the blood stream. Carbohydrates are a source of glucose and therefore the body’s main energy source.

Protein is the nutrient that helps the body grow and repair itself. It provides the body’s cells with amino acids to use for cellular growth and repair.

Fats provide more calories per gram than carbohydrates or proteins. The body needs a small amount of fat storage to use when it needs extra energy that your daily caloric intake did not provide.

A good diet contains a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. About 50-60% of your diet needs to consist of carbohydrates, 15-30% should be from proteins and only a small percentage, 10% or less should be from fats.

Your body also needs the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to maintain health. Vitamins essential for good health include:

Vitamin A- for maintaining good eyesight
Vitamin B- for energy and metabolism
Vitamin C– for repairing your body and boosting your immune system
Vitamin D- for healthy skin and calcium production

Essential minerals include the following:

Iodine- for proper hormonal production
Sodium- key for a good functioning nervous system
Calcium- for health teeth and bones and muscles
Iron- for the production of blood cells and hemoglobin

Your Diet and Weight Loss
Weight gain or weight loss is a simple concept. If you take in more calories than you burn then you will gain weight. If you burn more calories than you take in then you lose weight. Eating a balanced diet with the proper percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats will help maintain a healthy weight. Try to limit foods high in fat and only occasionally eat fried food or fast food. Eat several meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going. Skipping meals will cause your body to store more of your next meal as fat because it will be in starvation mode.

Illness and Diet
Having a proper diet helps people with illnesses like cancer. Specifically, those with mesothelioma need every advantage to fight their mesothelioma life expectancy. The correct amounts of nutrients, vitamins and minerals can help those with mesothelioma to repair their bodies and give them energy for their daily activities.


Jackie joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to oversee all web content production and authoritative processes. Jackie has earned the esteemed HONcode accreditation for reliable and verified health information on the web. Jackie supervises a team of medical writers and produces much of the website’s content for mesothelioma cancer and related health and wellness outreach efforts.

Check out her blog at: Jackie’s Arc. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

QUESTION: Do you have any personal experience with food curing an illness?