Feeling Hangry?

UH OptiWeight Blogger Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

March 19th, 2013

Hangry is an unscientific term we like to refer to as: a state of being intensely hungry that produces anger. In layman’s terms, it’s the hungry angries. I told you all week one that no one should be hungry during our twelve weeks together and we discussed many strategies to keep you full, longer on less food. As you cut back on your caloric intake, this can set you up for a quick onset of the hangries if due diligence is not paid!

How to keep yourself from getting hangry:

  1. Eat breakfast – the golden rule of the hangries is to always eat breakfast. Break your overnight fast with a healthy serving of whole grains and lean protein. Make sure to visit our pinterest page for a whole slew of healthy breakfast recipes.
  2. Never skip meals – give your body a consistent source of fuel to best keep your hangries at bay. When we eat healthy carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats every 3-4 hours, we stabilize our blood sugar. Stable blood sugar = no hangries! Prolonged periods without eating (>5 hours) and large meals promote big fluctuations in our blood sugar which promote the hangries.
  3. Always have snacks on hand – as soon as you feel hunger coming on, have a healthy snack ready to tide yourself over to the next meal. It is very important to stock your work drawers, locker, book bag and purse with healthy snacks such as nuts, fresh fruit, granola bars or whole grain crackers.
  4. Be aware of increased hunger with increased physical activity – as you increase your physical activity, your hunger may creep up at unexpected times. Physical activity temporarily decreases your appetite but can set you up for the hangries later on in the day (or even the next day!), if you aren’t mindful of snacking and paying attention to the hangry warning signs*.

*Hangry warning signs may include, but are not limited to, a growling stomach, a slightly tired feeling, a headache, slight irritability, decreased focus or attention to detail, and more individualized symptoms which I would love for you all to share with us!

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