Good Health Choices - - Be Nourished -

So what can we do to curb our hangri­ness other than car­ry­ing emer­gency snacks around? Di­eti­cian Jenna Tay­lor rec­om­mends steer­ing clear of pro­cessed car­bo­hy­drates such as white bread and pas­tries and opt for healthy fats, whole­grains and pro­tein in­stead. “Foods to keep ‘hanger’ at bay in­clude oats, whole­grain toast with egg or av­o­cado, un­sweet­ened

yo­ghurt, high-fi­bre fruits, dried beans, lentils, and pasta with tuna or salmon,” she says. There’s no par­tic­u­lar body shape that means you’re more likely to get hangry.

“If you’re obese, for ex­am­ple, and your brain is not re­ceiv­ing the sig­nals from the body that it’s full and your brain thinks

it’s con­stantly hun­gry, it then might also be feed­ing into parts of the brain that make you grumpy,” Dr An­drews ex­plains.

The good news is that your ten­dency to be­come hangry could be an in­di­ca­tion of a strong sur­vival in­stinct.

“We are de­signed to con­sume food, have enough

food to find a mate and pass on our genes,” says Dr An­drews. “You might say that those who are more hangry are the ones that evo­lu­tion

has nat­u­rally se­lected to sur­vive, be­cause the stronger the de­sire for food, the more likely you are to go out and find food, and there­fore, not

be­come ex­tinct.”

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