I think everyone has been guilty of a #hangry moment in their time. You know, being so unbelievably hungry that you get to the point where exchanging words (and maybe fists) with the waiter seems like a viable option?
Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Usually these hunger pangs strike when we start our day off late. We get so caught up in work or school, we don’t even realize that it’s not the traffic on the way home making us honk at the thrice marked handicapped car in the next lane, but instead our growling stomachs and irrational thoughts.
Regardless of the situation, hanger is real and it’s threatening. You ever see one of those “You’re not you when you’re hungry” Snickers commercials? Nothing scares me more than a disheveled Betty White on a football field hauling insults at a bunch of rugged men. Fortunately for you, I happen to know that the best way to battle hanger is to take it one step at a time.
Step 1: Take a deep breath. Before you bite someone’s head off for chewing gum too loudly or not responding to your text within 30 seconds, simply remember to take a long, deep breath. I like to refer to this as “smelling the roses and blowing out the candles”. This method will lessen the stress on both your mind and heart. However, this is only a temporary fix and cannot actually heal your hanger pains.
Step 2: Think of worse things. I know, I know, what could be worse than the person in front of you at Chipotle repeating a work order for 10+ people? Not much my friends, not much. Do they even understand what you have BEEN THROUGH today? However, thinking of worse things will help ground you and put things into perspective. As Kourtney K. once so famously shut it down, “Kim, there’s people that are dying.”
Step 3: Rationalize (specifically with time). This is going to be the hardest, yet most important thing to do. Whenever the time, try to rationalize during your next “episode” when you are able to eat next. Instead of snapping at your bae or your bestie for sitting in YOUR chair at the dining room table, think of how close you are to food. It may feel as though the world is crashing in on you in the most painful, suffering way (“Is there even a God?!”), but if you power through for a just a little longer, I promise heaven exists and it’s called dinner.
So next time you skip breakfast, snack your way through lunch, or freak TF out on the waiter for even thinking about wasting your time with the specials, just remember: the bread basket will be here in no time, so chill.