It can be so frustrating to sit down to a huge, healthy meal completely stuffing yourself, only to feel ravenous not long after you’re done eating. We’ve all been there! Women, especially, may even feel embarrassed when we’ve eaten so much and still don’t feel full.
The good news is there is nothing to be ashamed of or worried about, because living a healthy lifestyle is all about abundance — including eating!
There’s nothing wrong with eating large portion sizes if you’re eating balanced meals of healthy foods that are rich in nutrients and fiber. Eating the right combinations of food will also help keep you fuller longer.
Let’s dive into some reasons why you might feel hungry despite eating a lot of food.
Hunger Factor #1: Nutrients Are Not Being Absorbed
Our bodies need nutrition to function, and when we don’t properly absorb the nutrients from our food, we will be triggered to eat more and more.
Imagine trying to fill a sponge with water, but it’s covered in grease and oil and the coating is preventing anything from happening. Your intestines might be reacting to the food you eat like the oily sponge reacts to the water. You keep eating, but your villi, the tiny little fingers along the length of your intestines that soak up nutrients, can’t do their job.
Depending on your past eating and lifestyle habits, those villi may be coated with years of waste, preventing the absorption of vital nutrients — especially if you were regularly consuming things like sugar, dairy, excessive animal protein, and refined flour.
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Hunger Factor #2: BPA, Sugar, and Leptin Resistance
You’re doing a great thing for your health by skipping the huge frozen meals. However, there’s another thing to be just as cautious about — bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is the lining often found in cans that prevent corrosion. It’s also found in plastics, like water bottles and other food packaging materials. Because canned beans, tomatoes, and other products that contain BPA can be just as harmful — and BPA is in more products than you think. 
BPA has been associated with obesity in a study that looked at children and controlled for age, ethnicity, television watching, education of caregiver, gender, caloric intake, and urinary creatinine level.  The children with the most BPA in their urine were also most prone to obesity. BPA is the lining often found in cans that prevent corrosion. BPA is also found in some plastics, like water bottles and other food packaging materials.
BPA increases leptin levels in the body, and leptin is meant to decrease hunger. That sounds like a recipe for weight loss, right? The problem is, obese people are often leptin-resistant, so the raised levels aren’t exactly a good thing.  If you’re obese and leptin-resistant, your body isn’t getting a clear message from the leptin that you’re full; you feel hungry because your body still thinks you’re starving.
Aside from BPA, the Standard American Diet, with its high levels of sugar (especially the high-fructose corn syrup in processed foods), can increase leptin and encourage resistance.  In a study where rats were fed a sugar-free diet; a sugar-free, high-fat diet; and a diet high in fructose and fat, only the rats fed the high fructose, high fat diet experienced leptin resistance. So if you do consume a lot of sugar, this may be part of the problem.
Hunger Factor #3: You Didn’t Eat Enough Fiber
I often recommend starting your meals with Probiotic & Enzyme Salad and/or a green leafy salad filled with different veggies, colors and flavors. There are several reasons for this. First, that pre-meal salad contributes an immense amount of fiber to the meal. Studies actually show that more fiber equals less hunger when the meal’s over. 
I recommend getting your fiber from your food rather than a supplement, because if you’re just popping a pill, you’re missing out on additional nutrients and health and beauty benefits you could be getting from all those vegetables. Plus, the more nutritious your food is, the longer you’ll feel full (and leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals!).
A plant-based lifestyle is an excellent way to overcome the issues we’ve discussed so far. Not only will your digestive tract revert to optimal absorption, but eating foods loaded with fiber, vitamins, proteins, minerals from plants will keep you fuller longer. My 30 Day Roadmap for Healthy Weight Loss is the ultimate guide to help you transition into a plant-based Beauty Detox lifestyle.
Here are some suggestions that will help you in your Beauty Detox transition:
1) It takes some time before your stomach adjusts to eating all that fiber. Most of us grew up eating a lot less fiber and more “dense” foods, so initially you won’t be used to that much volume and so much less density. You may need to drink more GGS (not an itty bitty little cup but at least 16 and more like 24 or even more ounces).
2) Eating all those plant foods may seem like a ton, but there’s so much water and fiber, it’s not nearly as much as it seems. My dinners are often “huge” in volume, an enormous, heaping plate filled with salad, cooked veggies, and sometimes grains like quinoa or millet or soup, or other Beauty Detox recipes. Visually, it’s a lot of food but it’s less dense and richer in fiber, water and nutrients — which is a GOOD thing!
3) Over time, you’ll find that you’re not as hungry after meals. As your digestion improves and you begin to extract more nutrition from your meals, you’ll notice that the after-meal hunger is less present. In fact, you’ll find that you feel “full yet light” — which is a unique and amazing feeling. No “food coma” symptoms here!
But these all take time, so be patient with yourself, tune into your body and you’ll discover the right portions and meal size that’s right for you.
I also want to add that if you DO still get hungry between meals- eat more! Easily digested smoothies, veggie soups, veggie sticks and salsa or some guac, etc. are always there for you.
Keep Going and Your Body and Eating Rhythm Will Balance!
This article gives you a glimpse into some of the reasons why it’s possible to eat a lot and still feel hungry. Unfortunately, there’s no set formula for how much to eat in order to feel full or satiated — that would be impossible. How much to eat is unique to you, your body, time of day, season and dozens of other factors.
Beauty Detox is very much about trusting your body more and more, tuning in, and eating in harmony with your instincts and intuition. Do that and everything will evolve and flower over time.
In particular, your appetite will start to stabilize and you’ll find yourself feeling satiated after big, fiber-filled meals—the way you should be—once you’ve taken the necessary steps to detox your body for optimal nutrient absorption and begun feed it the most nutritious, fiber-rich meals you can.
You’ll be amazed by how much better and more deeply satisfied you feel once you’ve incorporated more Beauty Foods into your diet — and you’ve adjusted to the process of digesting so much plant food.
Trust me, it only gets better and better — and your health and beauty will thank you for it!
Research: http://www.factsaboutbpa.org/bpa-safety/products-bpa  http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1360865  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17212793  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21418711  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11396693