Next time you lash out at someone, feel irrationally fearful, or simply overreact in a somewhat stressful situation, be sure to check in with yourself on what you’ve eaten the last hour or two.
When we don’t eat regular meals and snacks, we go into “fasting” mode, which depletes the brain from receiving glucose. This can cause many symptoms ranging mild to concerning, namely, an increase in panic attacks, moodiness, anger and fear. Stress hormones are released, and until we eat and hydrate again, we may be in an “angry” and more stressed state. Additionally, we tend to overeat, and eat sugary items when our blood sugar does get too low, to compensate for the empty, listless “starved” feeling. This in turn leads to weight gain, digestive unrest, poor sleep, and eventually can lead to diabetes. Hence, we ride the “blood sugar roller coaster”, creating more stress on our brains and bodies.
Food should fuel the body, in small amounts, frequently through the day, about every 2-3 hours. This doesn’t mean eat a huge meal six times daily, but think of the following “power snacks” as something to consider daily to avoid overreacting, and feeling blue or angry.
* apple with almond butter
* hard-boiled egg
* 1/4 cup raw nuts
* handful of rice crackers with 1/3 cup hummus
* half an avocado
* raw vegetables
* 2-3 slices nitrate-free/organic turkey
Lean protein and healthy fats can stave sugar cravings, and help “ground” carbohydrate effects on the body. Don’t leave home empty-handed and unprepared. You don’t want people to see you “angry” when you’re really just hungry…