Are you HUNGRY? Angry? HANGRY? Are you Sure?

When dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain drop, people tend to feel irritable, depressed, and moody.

But, you also need to determine if you are actually hungry!  First, drink a big glass of water and wait a few minutes to see if you are still hungry. Many mistake thirst for hunger.

Next, are you physically hungry, or is it an emotional hunger – a craving? Check out the table to evaluate if you are really hungry.

Hunger_comparison

When you are physically hungry, you will fit the criteria along the left column.  If you are noticing symptoms from the right column, there are things you can do to work through the cravings, and even some to help eliminate some of those cravings.

Cravings aren’t all your fault, so don’t blame yourself. The “food industry’s” hyperpalatable foods paired with our memories of good feelings or feelings being cared for by comfort food can make those cravings even stronger, but not incurable.

I used to crave breads, pastas, Dr. Pepper and Oreo cookies. I do still occasionally feel the urge, but 7 years ago when I started eating healthier and making better, healthier choices most of my cravings all but went away.  Today, when I attempt to drink a soda, its too sweet and I can’t finish it. Smile

Once you determine that you are suffering from some emotional eating, it is time to figure out what your triggers are, what your health goals are, where your commitment level is, and THEN we can build a plan to begin improving your health and allowing those cravings to become less intense so you can survive and Just say NO.

NOW: for a solution to the issues given at the top of the page – as to why you may find yourself angry or hangry…

arguing

By eating proteins you increase levels of these neurotransmitters, improve your mood, alertness, mental functioning, & your ability to cope with stress.  Don’t reach for a Twinkie – reach for a handful of nuts or another healthy protein option like Greek yogurt, a healthy protein bar, or an organic jerky.

Make it a GREAT day!

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