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True hunger according to Dr. Fuhrman

Dr. Fuhrman writes that true hunger is felt in your throat, not in your stomach.

I don't know what he means by that. I have never experienced hunger in my throat, even when I fasted for a whole day.

Can anyone explain what he means?

Fri. Dec 19, 2:43pm

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Good question- breaking out my copy of Eat For Health, page 128 he says that true hunger is:

-A sensation in your throat
-Increased salvation
-Dramatically heightened taste sensation

I have been working on PT since early am and not eaten anything yet (I know), and as I write this my mouth is watering. So I may be experiencing true hunger!


Friday, December 19, 2008, 2:55 PM

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I am reading this a bit more and what I find interesting is his idea that most Americans are simply addited to toxic foods. I am sure it is a little more complicated than that, but his basic thesis is that if you eat enough vegetables each day, you will not experience food addiction from a chemical perspective.

He also talks on these pages about when someone is trying to lose weight, they should address the "volume requirements first"- meaning fill your stomach up with vegetables which also fills the nutrient requirement.

These two things help to "resolve food cravings and toxic hunger"

Friday, December 19, 2008, 3:26 PM

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Given that the past week I have been so busy and not eating near enough food (one meal or less a day, and rarely a substantial/normal meal), I have been very hungry, and should be, but I have never felt it in my throat.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 5:22 PM

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I sometimes feel it as an urge to swallow. My stomach rarely growls anymore, usually after a night of pizza ;) But I don't feel hungry all the time the way I use to before changing my diet towards plants. Even today I was noticing that my lunch was not very satisfying - I used a flour tortilla which is not normal for me, and there wasn't room to fill it with enough veggies to keep me happy. It's not uncommon for me to have five hours between meals, and three hours after lunch today I'm already wanting to eat again - and I have that icky hollow feeling in my stomach. I don't like the memories associated with that feeling so I'll load up on the veggies at dinner and throw in some lentils. My body really lets me know when I'm going off track now.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 6:05 PM

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