When the stomach is grumbling, it's hard to think about anything else. If you're having trouble making it to lunchtime, here's what you need to do.
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Have you ever checked the time and wondered if you have your watch set to the correct time zone? There is truly nothing quite as dreadful as feeling ready as ever to stop what you’re doing and break for a hearty lunch, only to realize that it’s 10:15 AM. I mean, breakfast was only a couple hours ago, so how on earth is my stomach already making these ungodly grumbling noises? Rather than sitting at your desk in agonizing, impatient misery for the next 2 hours, here are some strategies to combat this unwanted early onset of lunchtime hunger.

Drink Water

I know this is the *token* suggestion that NOBODY wants to hear when they’re hungry, but honestly, it’s great advice. According to Jamie Vespa, Assistant Nutrition Editor and R.D. for Cooking Light, “The same part of our brain interprets and sends signals for both thirst and hunger. It's easy for thirst to be misinterpreted as hunger if we're not staying adequately hydrated, which could further manifest into cravings.” Head to the water fountain and knock back a glass. It could make all the difference.

Snacks Are Key

The mid-morning snack is not necessarily the most widely recognized time of day for eating, but there’s no shame in it at all. Studies have found that by steadily snacking throughout the day, you’re less likely to overeat when it comes to meal time. Not to mention, if you started your day with a workout, then snacking is encouraged. Your body is going to be burning calories long after your workout is over, so make sure to give it the nutrients that it needs. Plus, if some veggies and hummus or peanut butter and crackers will silence your stomach, then it’s definitely worth it.

Get Up and Walk Around

Sometimes, it might not be your hunger that’s causing you to be so pressed for lunchtime, but rather, it’s your physical boredom or mental frustration. Put a hold on whatever it is you’re doing, get up, stretch, and walk around for 10 minutes. Taking your mind off your hunger and getting some fresh air might be the recharge you need to make it to noon.

Rethink Breakfast

If you continually find yourself suffering from mid-morning hunger pangs, then it might mean that your morning breakfast just isn’t doing the trick. Rely less on high-sugar, high-carb foods (cereal is great, but it’s not satiating) and add more protein-rich foods that are sure to hold you over (eggs on toast, yogurt and granola, or berries and oatmeal are all great places to start). A full breakfast should be anywhere between 300-400 calories, so make sure you’re putting enough fuel in the tank. Sit down to eat your meal, eat it slowly, and wash it down with a glass of water.

Rethink Sleep

It’s also possible to mistake the signs of sleep deprivation (headaches, fogginess, etc.) for hunger. A good night’s rest is going to kickstart your metabolism ensure that you’re energized and refreshed for the next day, making you less susceptible to mindless munching.

Just Eat Lunch

Sometimes, feeding yourself properly and showing your body the love and care that it deserves, simply means listening to it. Every day is different, and some days, your hunger hormones might have a different plan in mind. You shouldn’t feel like you need to deprive yourself in order to make it to your 12 p.m. lunch break. If your body is ready, then respect that need and do what you gotta do.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane