‘Hangry’; When you are so hungry you become frustrated or angry, or both.

There is a moment when your blood sugar dips so low that you need food NOW! Until you get it you are irritable, cranky and really unpleasant to be around.

Being hangry is a sign of reactive hypoglycaemia, when blood sugar levels rise and fall throughout the day. This leads to problems with concentration, mood and fatigue.

It can also lead to comfort eating and poor food choices. In an attempt to raise plummeting blood sugar levels, the quick fix is usually to eat something sweet or starchy. This perpetuates the problem; the glucose from the food enters the blood stream way too quickly, giving you a brief sugar-rush followed by levels falling way too low. Again you feel the need to elevate your blood sugar levels somehow. Some people do this with sweet cups of tea or strong cups of coffee throughout the day. Caffeine affects blood sugar in the same way as starchy, sugary foods do, by stimulating adrenalin release which makes the liver dump glucose directly into the blood stream. This glucose, is kept in reserve by the body for emergency situations and there you are using it to get through the day.

There is no question that over the longer term this rollercoaster blood sugar ride is not good for you. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes type 2, PCOS, dementia and metabolic syndrome to name a few. But in the meantime, it affects your energy levels, your mood, your concentration and your ability to stick to a healthy diet. Isn’t it time you stopped being hangry?

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Author: Sarah Hanratty

Sarah is a specialist practitioner at the Brain Food Clinic. She has a degree in Nutritional Medicine and is a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner. Sarah helps people to overcome physical and mental health issues using bespoke nutritional protocols.

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