You think, “I need to eat. If I don’t eat in the next 5 minutes, I am going to explode!”
Suddenly everything and everyone around you is annoying. You flip out for no reason. You scream uncontrollably. And the misinterpretation of a tweet from a famous celeb makes you burst into tears (Yes, it can be that dramatic).
Then, you finally get your hands on some food. You want it all for yourself. You might even wonder if it will be enough to satisfy the deep hunger pains that are lingering within.
You dive in—head first. Just as you take a few bites, you start to loosen up a bit. You can feel the food entering your system and for the first time in a while, you are starting to feel somewhat normal.
As you sit and finish your meal, a sense of euphoria comes over you. You feel happy, peaceful and full of inner bliss.
You apologize to those around you for being so angry and upset just moments earlier. You don’t know what just came over you, but you are glad it passed.
–This is what I like to call hangry. Yes, it is a real thing.
Hangry is when you are so hungry, that you become extremely angry, anxious or even depressed. You may act out, name call and go into an extreme rage.
Before immersing myself in food and mood studies, I thought this type of behavior was normal. I would have these attacks at least once a day and would blame it on blood sugar dropping, PMS or all the other problems in my life.
But there is something biologically sound when it comes to being hangry.
Since 95% of your stress hormones sit in your gut, it comes to no surprise that hunger pains actually affect a lot more than just your hunger level, but it can affect your attitude as well.
Being hungry actually causes Serotonin levels to drop. The drop in Serotonin causes withdrawal-like symptoms such as anxiety, stress, anger and sadness.
I want to encourage you to see how these “hangry” feelings have been impacting your life over the last few months or even the last few years. You might be surprised how this has impacted your relationships, career and other areas of your life.
I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to share your “hangry” stories and insights with us below!