I feel like there are two kinds of hunger -- I'll call them volume hunger and satiety hunger. The volume hunger is the kind that can be thwarted by drinking a lot of water or eating a lot of low-cal veggies (e.g, steamed broccoli). But there is another kind that is best thwarted for me with a small serving of healthy fats. So, I try to include both in each meal -- for example, a large salad (for the volume hunger) dressed with a Tbl of EVOO (for the satiety). Or after a meal of mostly veg and some lean protein, I might follow up with a serving of nuts or 1 Tbl of natural PB. You have to be very careful with serving sizes, but I find they really help me with the second kind of hunger.
There may also be another kind of hunger -- you referred to "head hunger". I find that if I deprive myself of certain things that I stop feeling satisfied even if I'm not hungry per se. For that reason, I've gone back to drinking Crystal Light instead of some of my plain water. Yes, there are plenty of good reasons to give up artificial sugars, but that just wasn't working for me.
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Last edited by yoyoma; 06-03-2011 at 05:42 AM.