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.
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.