Noodles’ Handy Tips and Tricks 4: Food to beat Mr Hangry Pants

Is this you?

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A colloquial term which the Urban Dictionary defines the state of Hangry as:
Hangry
When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.
An amalgum of hungry and angry invented to describe that feeling when you get when you are out at a restaurant and have been waiting over an hour to get the meal that you have ordered.
“Damn! Where is that steak I ordered? We’ve been waiting for an hour and a half here. The service here is terrible! I’m starving! I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel really hangry!”

YES! There is actual science behind it.

You aren’t just turning into a cranky so and so every-time you get hungry, your brain is just freaking out. It is actually a thing, and the foods you consume will impact your mood and reaction to your level of hangriness.

The carbohydrates, proteins and fats in everything you eat are digested into simple sugars (such as glucose), amino acids and free fatty acids. These nutrients pass into your bloodstream from where they are distributed to your organs and tissues and used for energy (science).

As time passes after your last meal, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream starts to drop. If your blood-glucose levels fall far enough, your brain will perceive it as a life-threatening situation (duh!). Unlike 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 – (i.e. food is good for brain function). So much so, that because the brain is so rich in nerve cells, or neurons, it is the most energy-demanding organ, using one-half of all the sugar energy in the body (more info).

You’ve probably already noticed this dependence your brain has on glucose; simple things can become difficult when you’re 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.

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So what’s this got to do with anything?

Part of the F45 8 Week Challenge is about educating members about food and the effects that it has on the body. The first two weeks included a detox, which saw some members verging on a permanent state of Hangry. This last two weeks is the ‘World Series’ – and is about increasing the fats and protein in our diet, whilst reducing carbohydrates. If you do find yourself peckish/tried or unhappy during these phases, try eating some of the following:

Foods To Increase Mood…

Walnuts:

These foods are high in essential fats helping blow flow of the body and lower blood cholesterol levels, making you feel more satisfied.

Red Meat:

Gives the body iron, which is a strong source of energy production. Therefore, feeling tired or run down, increasing this may help lift energy output.

Bananas:

A mood-boosting fruit, as it contains carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are what our bodies use for energy production and help keep the mind active.

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Green tea/Ginger tea:

Help fight those sugar cravings, therefore after lunch or dinner have an herbal tea as it improves cognitive function.

On the Contrary here are some foods to avoid that also impact your mood negatively!

Sugar:

Food high in sugar may give the body a quick fix, though you feel end up feeling even worse when the sugar high runs off, that’s why the body is more sustainable having foods like nuts.

Caffeine:

A coffee may end up making you dehydrated and needed more than one cup per day, therefore try swapping to a tea, or increasing water intake to keep the body at a healthy level.

Alcohol:

May have you feeling relaxed at night while consuming though it will run off and have you feeling irritable the next day.

 

 

Take AWAY

To keep the body and the mind functioning efficiently make sure you’re consuming natural fresh produce and less artificial products.

Eat regularly – don’t let you brain get into a fuss about when its going to be fed next. Ensure you are spreading your meals out regularly, and if your hangriness comes creeping back sooner than anticipated, try some of the good foods listed above – you could just be having a bad day!

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