I’ve been using the word for years, but it wasn’t until recently I realized how often being “hangry” was occurring in my weekly life. At the end of the work day when I can’t help but think about the dinner I’m going to make the second I walk into the door. When I’m on my way to the gym and get the pains of hunger, but decide to push through a workout and am thinking about food the whole time. When I don’t eat a snack before a late dinner with girlfriends and am tapping my leg a million miles an hour waiting for my food to be delivered at the restaurant.
Do you ever get this feeling? When you go too long without eating and become hungry, impatient, irritable and lastly, angry. Voila! You have reached not-so-pleasant stage of hanger. While you would assume the lack of nutrients and heightened sense of impatience would be negative, apparently we are scientifically more likely to be productive while hangry. This fascinating article from The Daily Beast says, “Hyper-focused and with our adrenal glands squirting out cortisol by the minute, we seize the day because when pushed to the state of famine….” We instinctually capitalize on the feelings of a rumbling stomach because our brain triggers us to accomplish a task. This must describe why whenever I’m out shopping, I would rather just push through my to-do list than go home, eat, and go back out. In fact, as I’m writing this post right now, my stomach feels so empty, but I am too in the zone to go get a snack.
If we have the ability to avoid this state of being, why don’t we? We have grocery stores the size of a department store. Now even clothing stores and craft stores line food and candy strategically down the check-out rows for you to grab quickly. Women carry purses the size of a duffle bag, but yet we don’t keep any food in them. I have now learned the trick to always keep a small granola bar of baggie of nuts and raisins in my purse so at any given moment, I can save the people around me from my hungry-alter-ego and eat before I loose it. I bring popcorn to work so I can satisfy a craving and focus on work without hating everything about my life. After this research though, maybe I’ll let myself struggle in a state of hanger for a little while to check off my to-do list at work before reaching for a snack.
Do you find yourself experiencing the feeling of “hanger” often? Or do you avoid being hungry at all costs? Do you even think it’s possible to be more productive when you’re hungry? I would love to hear.
Love food. Love self. Love life.