We never thought we’d be saying this, but Snickers got something right: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” We’ve all said things we don’t mean (and maybe even regret) or gotten uncomfortably quiet when we were hungry, a condition the internet has deemed “hanger.” But that hunger-induced moodiness is more than a meme, and it’s certainly not all in your head. Here’s why.
When you don’t eat for a while, your blood sugar levels drop. And when your blood sugar levels are low, the hormones cortisol and epinephrine are released in an attempt to raise it back to normal. But there’s a catch: those hormones are also associated with irritability, which is why you’re so crabby when you skip breakfast. Another hanger-inducer is a hormone called Neuropeptide Y., which is released when your body needs more food – and is also linked to aggression.
Hanger hits different times for everyone depending on how quickly their body tries to compensate for the drop in blood sugar levels. But most people tend to crave candy, cookies, carbs, and other sweet treats that will raise their blood sugar levels quickly. But that spike inevitably leads to another crash – which leaves you feeling hangry all over again.
Instead, opt for “slow-burn” foods like whole grains, proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies that will keep your blood sugar levels – and good mood – sustained for longer.
If you are what you eat, you’re bound to feel great at The Juice Hive. From cold-pressed juices and smoothies to salads, bowls, and snacks, our menu is full of healthy meal options that taste as great as they are for you. Visit us Mon-Fri (8 am-4 pm), Sat (8 am-2 pm), and Sun (9 am-2 pm).