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I'm feeling hungry very lazy and sleepy all the time. Extreme anxiety feeling is there all the time

Roma Saha

1 month ago

I'm feeling hungry very lazy and sleepy all the time. Extreme anxiety feeling is there all the time

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Happy Tummy Expert

1 month ago

Dear Roma Saha, Thank you for the question

Excessive hunger may also be a sign of eating less calories than recommended value, dehydration, other metabolic conditions such as thyroid or diabetes etc. For further diagnosis and management, please contact a health care professional

Being Mindful while eating is necessary to have a control over food habits. Mindfulness is an intentional focus on one’s thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the present moment. Eating mindfully is when you are using all your physical and emotional senses to experience and enjoy the food choices you make. Mindful eating encourages one to make choices that will be satisfying and nourishing to the body.

As you have mentioned that you experience low energy levels which may lead to weakness, fatigue or lethargy that can be due to insufficient or inadequate dietary intake, dehydration, nutritional deficiency or may be a symptom of any underlying health condition which may require medical attention.

Anxiety & Stress is a complex phenomenon and everyone has his/her own level of tolerance. There are multiple causative factors of anxiety & stress including irregular sleep pattern, sedentary lifestyle, current state of mind and/or an underlying health condition. A nutritious, well-balanced diet can help contribute to a better management along with regular exercises. Practicing breathing techniques, stretching or meditation helps to relax and potentially help you maintain calm. Practice positive thinking and engage in hobbies and activities that you enjoy. Try to be socially active and engage in healthy discussions.

For general wellbeing, you can begin by consuming a balanced diet is which provides all the nutrients in required amounts and proper proportions. It can easily be achieved through a blend of the four basic food groups. The quantities of foods needed to meet the nutrient requirements vary with age, gender, physiological status and physical activity. A balanced diet should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates, preferably from complex carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from both visible and invisible fat.

As a general dietary guideline, for an apparently healthy individual/ with no specific health or nutrition needs and/or metabolic condition it is recommended to consume 2000kcal/d and for Women, the RDA for protein requirement is 46g/d and for fiber it is 25g/d.

 

Here are few guidelines for healthy balanced diet that can be considered:

  • Have a Diversified Balanced Diet that includes all the food groups in the right quantity which thereby provides you with all the essential macro and micro nutrients that your body requires daily for proper functioning.
  • Try to incorporate the My plate Concept by dividing your plate into 4 quadrants, fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, the other two quadrants with cereals and protein. A small quantity of dairy intake is recommended.
  • Some of the good sources of protein include pulses, lentils, milk, paneer, soybean, eggs, lean meat, nuts & seeds, etc.  
  • Begin your day with a well-balanced breakfast as it is an important meal of the day.
  • Avoid skipping meals. Also, try to avoid fasting and feasting too often.
  • Consume small frequent meals, with healthy snacking options.
  • Consume minimum 5 servings of vegetables and 1 serving of fruit as they are rich in Fiber, essential minerals & Vitamins as well as they give you a feeling of satiety.
  • Try to consume more of Whole grains, Millets and Multigrain foods as they are a good source of fiber.
  • Limit intake of deep-fried foods. Method of cooking like baking, grilling, boiling, steaming is preferable over deep frying with excess fat/ oil.
  • Have your last meal at least 2-3 hours before sleep time.
  • Drink adequate amount of water (minimum 8 glasses) of water daily to keep yourself well hydrated
  • Engage in at least 30-45 minutes brisk walk/physical activity of moderate intensity at least 5 days a week.
  • Try and follow a good sleep regimen in terms of both quantity and Quality.

For a customised and personalised meal plan for specific conditions, please contact your Health care professional.

Hope we have answered your query.

Wishing you a great day ahead

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