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How to Avoid the HANGRY STAGE

03/07/2021

First, let’s get down to the true definition.

Hangry: bad-tempered and irritable as a result of hunger. (And yes, it’s an official word in the dictionary.)

The main cause of hanger is unsteady blood sugar, which means low glucose in your bloodstream. It’s affected nearly everyone at some point. Sometimes we even intentionally let it affect us: I’m talking to you, fasters and restrictors.

If you have outrageous and constant signs of hanger, be sure to regularly check your blood sugar levels—if they drop too low (below 70 mg/dL), it can signal hypoglycemia. In which case, it’s best to check in with your doctor.

Our blood sugar increases based on the quantity and frequency that we consume carbohydrates. This means that when we go too long without carbs, our blood sugar dips into the hanger zone. You’ve done it … we’ve all done it. We wake up, get ready for the day. We either skip breakfast intentionally because we’re fasting or we skip it unintentionally because we’re in a hurry. We finally stop mid-morning and grab a piece of fruit or better yet a coffee. Our blood sugar is then heightened from the carbs alone, and instead of providing longevity, it spikes and dips. Then, since we’re trying to “be healthy,” we prepare a green salad for lunch. Hello again, low blood sugar, since most likely there weren’t enough carbs in the meal. At this point, we’re just living on adrenaline.

Then when we get home and start thinking about dinner, we become savages and eat everything in the house only to make our blood sugar even more unstable and add to the vicious cycle of hanger. We’ve all been in this scenario (more times than we’d like to admit).

To encourage healthier eating habits throughout the day, below I’m sharing how to hang up your hanger streak.

 

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