If you’ve ever accidentally skipped a meal, then found yourself getting short-tempered and irritated at the smallest thing, you’ve probably experienced what is commonly l know as ‘HANGER’. That is... anger, caused by hunger.
It’s a relatively common, and completely natural, biochemical response to a drop in blood sugar levels. When this happens, your body tells the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which can then have a very negative effect on mood.
The anti-hanger plan:
Preventing hanger is relatively simple, coming down mainly to blood sugar management. This can be achieved by:
1️⃣ Eating small, regular meals throughout the day. Every 2 to 3 hours if possible.
2️⃣ Choosing meals and snacks that have plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates.
3️⃣Avoid simple sugars and caffeine, especially when you are hungry, as this can aggravate the underlying hormone rollercoaster responsible for ‘hangry’ symptoms.
4️⃣ Being snack savvy! Always have snacks to hand goes without saying if you are a hanger sufferer. Long gaps in between meals tend to occur when we are busy and rushing around, so always having a supply of whole food, high protein foods in your bag or desk is a good preventative tactic. For convenience, you can’t beat the eatreal.today Snack’ology range of raw nuts and dried fruits. As an added bonus, you get 20% off their products with the code #HEALTHMAG