It is common to feeling full after eating. It seems this is what most people are looking for. Some even feel that being a little bloated after eating is normal and natural. But is this healthy, even if it is common?
I once met a man who told me he always needed to have another meal after he had had a Chinese meal. He said that the Chinese meal didn’t fill him up. He complained that he felt hungry afterwards.
Although I can’t vouch for the quality of the Chinese meals he had, I doubt very much that he was hungry. It was just that he was used to feeling full, even bloated after a meal.
There is a great deal of difference in feeling full after eating as compared with feeling satisfied after eating. When you feel full, it could mean that you have eaten too much. But it more commonly means that you have eaten food that doesn’t digest either quickly or easily.
Stodgy food is well known for filling you up as it takes time to digest. Most fatty foods are not only difficult to digest, but slow too.
Then there is cooked meat. Cooked meat is incredibly slow to digest, taking hours. It sits in your intestines, and starts to rot. This is why people who eat a lot of meat tend to have the most flatulence. And the most foul flatulence, at that. It gives you an idea of what is going on in the intestines.
If you feel bloated after eating, then this tends to indicate that you have a digestive problem, which is most commonly related to the foods you eat.
When you regularly eat healthy foods, your body is well equipped to digest them easily and quickly. It leaves you feeling satisfied, but not necessarily full and certainly not bloated. You could easily eat more, but there is no desire to, no hunger.
Feeling satisfied after a meal indicates it was a healthy meal, supplying your body with all its necessary nutrients. You should also feel energetic and easily able to work, if you have to.
This is a far cry from feeling full after eating, which simply shows you have eaten. The longer the full feeling remains, the more difficult the food is to digest, the less healthy it is for you. Not only that, but your energy will be sapped as your body struggles to digest the food.
Your digestion is at the heart of your health. If this is impaired, you are opening yourself up to all manner of illnesses. Feeling full or bloated after eating is not a sign of good health. Instead you should feel satisfied. Aim for that.
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