Are you upset or just hungry?

A couple nights ago, I snapped on my two best friends. I don’t think I hung up technically, I did say bye but it was not a good bye, pun intended. They FaceTimed me, which seems to be the only way we communicate with each other these days. Even though they now live together, I’m all the way in upstate New York. We don’t get to see each other as often as we used to. I don’t mind FaceTime but it does require a little bit more effort. It’s just not my go to medium. Anyway, I had an attitude the entire conversation. Looking back I wasn’t upset at all. I did have a busy day and I was still working on a few things when they called. My disinterest for the conversation was merely distraction.  Okay, maybe I was a little hungry…


Have you had a major temper tantrum about something and when you look back at the moment, it doesn’t make sense? Were you upset or just hungry, tired etc.?

Those old Snickers commercials are a funny exaggeration but they’re not too far off. defines Hangry as, “irritable as a result of feeling hungry.” For most of us, myself included, that’s an understatement. And it usually results in snapping on the people that you are most comfortable with i.e your besties.

Why does it happen?

The brain is dependent on glucose to function. When your blood glucose levels drop to a certain point your body sees this as a life threatening situation. When this happens your brain sends signals to organs in your body to release hormones that increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. Namely the pituitary gland which produces the growth hormone, the pancreas which produces glucagon and the adrenal glands which produce adrenaline. These hormones, specifically adrenaline, are also released in stressful situations. When you are hungry there are physiological things that are taking place that are affecting your reactions.

It may not seem like a big deal but it should make you wonder how many of your reactions in the last week were legitimate. How many arguments, or coworker squabbles could have been prevented? Socrates had a much deeper meaning when he said “know thyself.” But I would argue that it is important to know the why behind all your actions. Especially if they can be solved with a granola bar! Throughout today, truly notice and observe your behavior. Let’s try an avoid any hangry moments.

A Woman in Process



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