Wow did I get hangry on Sunday.

Urban Dictionary Definition: When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.

We had just gone for a nice walk in Fish Creek Park with friends in the area circled in blue below.  We walked while the kids played and were out for about 2 hours.

Fish creek park map


We got back to the car around 12:30 pm, but with the newly minted Daylight Savings Time (DST), my body thought it was 1:30 pm.   As we searched for a place to stop for lunch, I felt increasingly irritable, had difficulty concentrating, and couldn’t make decisions.  We sat down to eat about 30 minutes later and felt myself calm once I began eating. These ‘hangry’ feelings were difficult to swallow – not only did I feel the negativity build, but those around me noticed them as well.

I have certainly felt this way before, but prior to the Project I ate more than enough to carry me through  and avoid the highs and lows like I experienced Sunday.  Christine and I chatted (after lunch) about how I was feeling before we ate, and we determined I should plan to have snacks around to keep me level between meals.  We are even going to get some emergency snacks that live in the car.

The Project is helping me to learn more about myself, and dealing with ‘hanger’ is one of the interesting changes occurring in my body that I didn’t expect to have such a strong reaction to.

I would love to hear your ideas and strategies to deal with the ‘hangries’ in the comments below.



4 thoughts on “Hangry

  1. Hi Katy,

    Your 2nd last point especially resonates. Part of the FAT project is me learning about my body and listening to my body. This is a very new thing for me. Thanks for writing this up Katy.

  2. I know hangry all too well, in fact my whole family is notorious for being monsters when the stomach gets empty for too long!
    Things I keep on hand (this is more my road trip go to or for long day trips and hikes).
    1. Nuts (almonds in particular)
    2. granola bars – usually cliff bars or Lara bars because I find their content of things I can’t pronounce to be lower
    3. Fruit – apples and oranges mostly
    4. Veggie sticks
    Good for you guys for seeing this as a problem and immediately seeking a solution! Your whole family has such a great attitude about this journey, you will have such fantastic success!!!!

  3. Paul, as you may kniw about me from being my colleague, I am known for being hangry. In fact, I turn into a Hyde-ish monster that friends have dubbed “scary hungry Katy.”
    I think this is a healthy response, to a degree of course. If humans could just comfortably ignore hunger, our species woukd have won the Darwin award eons ago. My suggestions:
    -keeping snacks on hand is a great idea. I know this may be problematic given your food addiction; maybe a snack that doesnt trigger cravings? Like fruit?
    -plan ahead. If I say, have a meeting at 11am (my personal food “witching hour”) I will eat something small a half hour ahead of the meeting so that i am sane in the meeting.
    -Embrace the fact that learning about when you are hungry is a very goood thing. Your body is telling you that you are actually, biologically hungry and the gas tank needs to be filled! This is awesome! It’s lunchtime!
    -one you get into serious cardio training, paying attention to your appetite and eating the right things at the right time will become very critical for a host of other reasons. So getting in the habit of scheduling the meals/snacks in an organized way now (which you are doing, yay) will help you later in training.

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