Foods to Keep You from Getting Hangry

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Playing The 4 Types of Hunger and How to Avoid Being Hangry

Are your feelings of hunger -- and those hangry moments -- actually most related to our emotions?

The Doctors welcome Dr. Susan Albers, author of “Hanger Management: Master Your Hunger and Improve Your Mood, Mind, and Relationships,” who discusses the 4 different types of hunger and what we can do to avoid it getting hangry.

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She explains the 4 types of hunger include:

Health hunger - when the blood sugar drops and the body sends the body physical signals that food is needed
Head hunger - this happens when you think about food, like chocolate, and then if you cannot have it you become frustrated and feel deprived
Heart hunger - she says this type of hunger comes from emotions, stress, anxiety and feeling bored
Hand hunger - this occurs when food is in reach or sight, or you can smell it and it creates a sensory response

Watch: Are You a ‘Hunger Avoider’ When Feeding Your Child?    

In order to keep from feeling hangry, Dr. Albers says to try and avoid sugary foods (which only help for a short window of time) and instead eat foods that are rich in magnesium, which affects someone's metabolism, mood, and insulin sensitivity. Some magnesium-rich foods she recommends:

  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Bananas
  • Almonds and almond butter
  • Brussels sprout
  • Avocado  

And if you are feeling hangry and want something sweet, Dr. Albers says small amounts of dark chocolate can be used to regulate mood.

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