By Lisa Sheker-Knopp (LowFatLowCarb.com)
This seems to be a new terminology for people when they go too long without eating, get super hungry, leading to a cranky feeling which then turns to “anger” all because their blood sugar has dropped too low; thus the term “hangry”. This is because of our survival instincts.
So how do you know if your blood sugar is low? Our body maintains a blood-sugar level within a set range throughout the day. When levels dip below the normal range, you may experience certain symptoms like lack of energy, headache, shakiness, or irritability. What this means is that there is a less-than-normal level of sugar available in the blood stream. Since sugar is the main source of energy for our body’s cells, especially the brain, when the brain and cells cannot get the energy (glucose) they need, you may feel hungry, unable to concentrate (foggy brain), overall irritable or anxious. I also call this grumpy.
There are a few strategies to help keep your blood sugar stable.
1. Don’t go too long without some kind of food. Protein is best. Eating something every few hours is a smart idea.
2. Plan ahead. If you know you are going to have a long, busy day, eat before you go and bring something with you. Keep high dense snacks at your desk, or in your purse.
3. Eat your veggies. Broccoli and cucumbers are good choices, and easy to get.
4. Use cinnamon in your tea or on your foods. Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugars, and it tastes great!
5. Add some vinegar to your day! Especially apple cider vinegar. It has also been shown to have some health benefits, especially with insulin sensitivity. I love it on my salads but you can also just take a tablespoon and drink it, especially at mealtime.
6. Whatever you do DON’T skip meals. This is a big issue. Many people don’t eat breakfast, and that can lead to a disaster. Eat something, but not sugar laden foods. Just a quick hard-boiled egg, or a protein shake is good enough.
It’s just like those Snicker commercials! Don’t let the hunger signals overtake you and make you like a crazy person. Keeping your blood sugar regulated is the key to staying healthy and happy!