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Food Scoring Guide: How Nutrients Control Your Appetite

Hunger is a complicated thing. It is controlled by a system of messengers—hormones, nerves, and neurotransmitters. When your body’s micronutrient needs are not met, you can be driven to eat more calories than you need for optimal health.

Because of poor diet and health habits, many people experience uncomfortable symptoms a few hours after eating. This leads them to eat too often—and too much—as a way of preventing the discomfort. The symptoms are similar to those drug addicts feel when they are too long with their “fix” Like drug addicts, people with food addictions feel poorly after digestion because their bodies are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Since eating again (akin to taking another “fix”) makes the discomfort go away, these detoxification symptoms are mistaken for hunger. I call these symptoms “toxic hunger.” Toxic hunger goes away when you establish the habit of eating a high-nutrient diet.

Symptoms of Toxic Hunger
  • Shakes
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Stomach fluttering
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Mental confusion
Be forewarned. Eating healthfully may make the symptoms of toxic hunger feel worse temporarily. When you stop drinking coffee or discontinue other harmful habits, you may experience withdrawal or detox symptoms for a week or so. However, in short time these long-standing symptoms will disappear, and you will not be driven to overeat anymore. You quickly will become comfortable eating less, and you will no longer desire the extra calories you used to crave to palliate unpleasant symptoms
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