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Are You Hangry?

The bane of resolution season

It’s January and as we embark on a month filled with weight and fitness based resolutions many of us will be accused of being “Hangry“. Hangry is defined as bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. This word has become popular over the last couple years to describe our emotions when we feel so hungry that we are getting angry and irritated with things that normally do not get to us. It has become so popular that scientists are raising their eyebrows at why some people experience becoming hangry and some people do not.

Connections are being made between an individuals overall physical and emotional health. Across the board, it is agreed that maintaining healthy blood sugar levels could potentially decrease the frequency to which you experience irritability as a result of hunger. Balanced blood sugar levels will stabilize your energy, moods, increase focus and decrease cravings. Respectively, if your blood sugar levels are not balanced you may experience highs and lows in all these areas.  

How Do You Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels?

The short answer is to maintain a healthy diet, eat on a consistent schedule and when needed snack healthy. Every meal should include protein, whole grains, colorful fruits and/or vegetables, and healthy fats. Generally eating three balanced meals a day 4 hours apart will maintain your blood sugar levels. Missing meals will throw your body off, and sometimes show up as hangry or intense craving for carbohydrates and/or sugars. If you give into this craving the satisfaction generally will last for a moment but then your body will crash again.

What Are Healthy Snacks?

Healthy snacks, like meals, are balanced. Fresh produce and proteins are always a good match.

  • Mango and Pistachios
  • Apples and Almonds
  • Bananas and Walnuts
  • Cherry Tomatoes and String Cheese

Also, keep in mind your fiber consumption throughout the day. It is recommended to consume at least 15 grams of fiber per day. If you can, consuming 25 grams is ideal. Apples, bananas, broccoli and avocado are all great sources of fiber. If you are having trouble keeping up, fiber supplementation may be an option for you as well.

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