han.gry – adjective

A state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state

You’re at a shopping mall on a Saturday morning and all that you’ve had that morning is a cup of coffee and a rusk. It’s been a few hours and you’re starting to get irritable, grumpy, annoyed with the kids/spouse…  Does this sound familiar?

Low blood sugar equals unbalanced moods – hence we become Hangry when our blood sugar levels is low. When we make poor food and beverage choices or allow ourselves to get too hungry, it has a direct impact on our blood sugar levels and ultimately our moods.

Did you know?

Junk Food = Anger

Refined carbs are linked to depression. In addition, they supply very few nutrients and use up mood enhancing B vitamins

Sugar = Stress

Poor blood sugar balance is often the single biggest factor in mood disorders. Sugar is linked to aggression, anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress

Stimulants = Depressant

Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine alter our brain chemistry. Alcohol in particular, is a depressant.

There are simple ways we can alter our mood.

Good fats = Happiness

They are essential for our mental health and wellbeing.

Probiotics = Reduced Anxiety

Good bacteria in our guts can help improve our mood.

Vitamins = Optimism

Vitamin D is especially beneficial for upliftment

Making better food choices – Happy Food

  • Oat porridge, Bananas, Broccoli
  • Small baked potato with tuna / cottage cheese & salad
  • Chicken breast, brown rice and green beans
  • Vegetarian or mince bolognaise with wholewheat spaghetti
  • Oily Fish (salmon, tuna, sardines) with quinoa and lentils

And, drink plenty of water

Listen to your body, it’s always communicating to you.

If you feel you would like some more guidelines with regards to your current dietary habits, I’m just a call or email away!

Yours in good health (& a happy state of mind)

Fiona