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October 26th, 2016 | Diet & Health

The State of Being Hangry

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, I'm sure you're familiar with the term hangry. There's a good chance you or someone you know experiences it.

Most people discuss blood sugar in the extremes of diabetes (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), but blood sugar affects each and every one of us every day. Most people do not realize that our blood sugar affects our mood, weight, sleep, energy, resiliency to stress, athletic performance, disease progression, and so much more!

But what about when we are hangry?!? Where does this come from? Low blood sugar is the culprit!

Feeling “hangry” is the combination of feeling angry and hungry because you are overly hungry. For most people low blood sugar and feeling hangry happens after they have gone too long between meals and snacks or eaten a bunch of sugar and are crashing hard from the sugar high, which then results in low blood sugar. Here are a few key ways to take care of yourself and start feeling better now.

  • Focus on protein at every meal and snack
  • Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking
  • Make sure to eat every 2-4 hours
  • Enjoy a protein snack or meal within 1 hour of finishing exercise (many people forget this one!)
  • Reduce refined foods as much as possible as these really send blood sugar on a roller coaster

Protein Snack Ideas

Looking for protein snacks to replace your typical high fat and refined sugar options? Try salami, cheese, jerky, and roasted chickpeas. My favorite protein snack is pepperoni or salami chips. To make, grab 6 oz. pepperoni or salami slices and follow these simple instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with pepperoni or salami and bake for 8-10 minutes until very crispy.

3. Serve and enjoy!

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Nikki Lindgren

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