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