Friday, October 10, 2008

Are You 'Hangry'?

That's Right, Are You 'Hangry'?

I can't take credit for this word, but it does describe something very well. My sister mentioned it on a walk one day, and I knew exactly what she meant. If you haven't figured it out, it's a combination of being hungry and angry. This is a common problem, in men and women alike. It's often noticed by wives of unsuspecting husbands, but is not limited to men. When our blood sugars drop, we are not only more likely to feel hungry, it can also affect our mood. Some people feel weak, some people feel afraid, and others feel angry. Which one, if any, troubles you?

So, like I wrote in 'Avoiding the Four Pitfalls of Overeating' ask yourself, do I have a tendency to get angry when I'm hungry. Hungry and angry are a dangerous combination. Nobody likes that feeling of hypoglycemia where you need to eat something and eat it now! The choices you make in this situation, are out of desperation and may not reflect your best choices. This is our survival mechanism kicking in, and that's a good thing! It just doesn't always serve us so well. So, if you'd like to avoid getting to the stage of 'HANGRY', here are some really simple tips:

1-Monitor your emotions before they get away from you. Pay attention to your level of frustration and check in with yourself during the day and ask, simply, How am I feeling? What do I need, if anything? What sort of action might I need to take? Just asking these questions can help dissipate pent up emotion, because you're giving attention to it. We can find insight, and a new direction. We all have stress in our lives, but it doesn't have to spin out of control.

2-Make sure you have some healthy snacks available so your blood sugar doesn't suddenly drop. There are other tips to keep your blood sugar more even, but that's a whole other post. Simply, making sure you have the right combination of protein, fat and complex carbohydrates in your meals will help. Avoiding simple sugars will also help.

So, put the 'Hangry's' behind you!

If getting 'Hangry' is getting you down, there are solutions. Give me a call, and I'll tell you if I can help. Phone consultations are always free.


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