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6 Tips to Avoid Becoming Hangry

Have any of you ever been hangry?

First off, what is hangry?? By definition, hangry is when someone becomes irritable as a result of hunger. For me, it’s usually a combination of hunger + stressful/annoying situations. I do not automatically become hangry when I am hungry–just when that combination occurs.

Y’all, this is probably my WORST flaw–I have been hangry one to many times, and it not only affects you but also the people around you…so do yourself and your loved ones a favor and follow these tips to AVOID the hangry monster.

  1. Stay Hydrated

    A lot of times hunger can be mistaken for thirst, so stay hydrated! Keep a bottle with you most of the day. Plus, staying hydrated can eliminate headaches, enhance brain  clarity and keep you energized for the rest of the day.

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  2. Eat Consistent + Complete Meals

    What do I mean by consistent + complete meals? Meals that contain all three of the macronutrients (carbs + protein + fat). Each of these macros contain vital nutrition needed that can help you feel full + satisfied until your next meal. Consistency is key–try not to skip meals if you frequently get hangry!

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  3. Listen to Your Body’s Hunger Cues

    If you’re hungry right after a meal, you may just be thirsty…have some water, and wait a few minutes. If you are still hungry, then you likely didn’t feed your body enough during the meal. Add a non-starchy vegetable or piece of fruit to your meals and that should satisfy your hunger. On the flip side, if it is mid afternoon and you are hungry, have a snack! Especially if dinner is several hours away OR you’re hitting the gym soon.

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  4. Have Healthy Snacks on Hand

    This is KEY for success in beating the hangry monster. Keep power bars in your purse or at your desk. Have fresh fruits + veggies readily available for convenience. Pair snacks with protein so it slows down blood sugar spike and keeps you full for longer periods of time. Don’t fear snacking–be mindful in listening to your hunger cues and feed your body as needed.

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  5. Plan Meals

    In order to have consistent + complete meals with all 3 macros + veggies, planning needs to happen. This does not mean you have to prep all your food on Sunday and eat the same thing over and over again (although that does work for some people)–I tend to get bored of the same thing every day. My advice? Take one day of your week and plan your meals and snacks. Write them down, make a grocery list, and stock your fridge with items needed. Prepare (wash + cut) all of your fruits and veggies for easy access, and allow time to cook easy + nutritious meals during the week. If you like cooking everything on Sunday for the whole week and it works well for you, do it! Find your balance.

  6. Avoid Negative Situations

    If nothing else, remember this! My hangry-self is sparked by negativity–if I know I am going into something particularly stressful or annoying, I make sure I have my nourishing snacks on hand and eat well balanced meals. This is my trigger (it may be different for you), but nothing good comes from negativity for me. Find something positive about your day and focus on it–this may help you stay calm. Do your best to stay calm during these situations, and if you’re fueled well, hopefully the hanger will stay away!

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What are some of your tips to avoid becoming hangry? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

 

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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@livebetterwithkatdetter

 

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