Hangry. It’s a technical term, really: the point where you’re getting so hungry that you’re starting to get angry. Hungry + angry = HANGRY

Aside from being unpleasant to you and those around you, being hangry comes at a price. It means you’ve gone so long without eating that your blood sugar has dropped too low, leaving you irritable, cranky, anxious, and possibly even jittery or sweaty.

The good news? It’s preventable. There are active steps you can take to avoid the hanger onset. Without further ado, we present:

How to Prevent the HANGRY (AKA Low Blood Sugar)

• Start your day with protein and good fat (coconut oil, animal fats, butter, olive oil) NOT cereals, bagels, oatmeal, croissants, yogurt & granola or pastries. When your blood sugar drops too low and you start to crave sugar and get hangry, what you actually need is protein. For breakfast have an egg scramble or a protein smoothie.

• Is coffee problematic for you? Do you use it to skip meals or kill your appetite? Coffee can contribute to major blood sugar fluctuations, especially if you are caffeine sensitive.

• Don’t let yourself get to the point of starving. Hangry is sure to follow, and you’ll overeat and crash after your meal.

• Avoid grains at breakfast & lunch. They can contribute to the 3pm crash/sugar craving cycle. Stick to protein, good fats and veggies.

• There is evidence that a ketogenic diet can heal hypoglycemia. And I’ve seen amazing results regulating blood sugar on a paleo plan, or at least going gluten free. Gluten has the potential to really jack blood sugar. Whole foods and healthy fats, for the win!

• Avoid refined sugar! Seems simple, but it causes blood sugar to spike and crash. Plus, the more you eat, the more you’ll crave it. Save the desserts for special occasions, not every day. Coconut palm sugar is a good replacement in baking, as it’s low on the glycemic index and won’t jack your blood glucose levels. Have some 70 percent or higher dark chocolate instead of reaching for the Snickers.

• If you’re out and about during the day, carry a snack with you for emergencies. Try Nick’s Sticks or Epic bars. Foods that help stabilize blood sugar: organic animal proteins; eggs & fish; good fats (listed above); avocados; walnuts; bone broth with plenty of sea salt; minerals: sea vegetables such as nori, kelp, kombu and wakame are the best sources.

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