I love Caity Weaver NBC headline from 2011 “Watch out for ‘food swings’ when hunger and anger collide (hanger)”. Food swings & hanger are both something that I am very familiar with. In order to avoid those often scary, often frustrating, often blood curdling hunger induced mood swings ensure that your blood sugar levels do not drop to low between meals.
Amanda Salis of the University Sydney writes a great simplistic explanation for the phenomenon that is “hanger”. Physiologically hanger can be broken down to low blood-glucose levels, which if these levels fall far enough, your brain will perceive it as a life-threatening situation. Most other organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on glucose to do its job. You may have already noticed this dependence your brain has on glucose; simple things can become difficult when you are hungry and your blood glucose levels drop. You may find it hard to concentrate, for instance, or you may make silly mistakes. Or you might have noticed that your words become muddled or slurred. Another thing that can become more difficult when you are hungry is behaving within socially acceptable norms, such as not snapping at people. So while you may be able to conjure up enough brain power to avoid being grumpy with important colleagues, you may let your guard down and inadvertently snap at the people you are most relaxed with or care most about, such as partners and friends. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me!
To avoid food swings and hanger plan meals ahead of time and carry snacks in the case of unavoidable delays. Hopefully these tips will help you to keep the hunger monsters away and help you to be an easier and more enjoyable person to be around.
A Lean Life