I have decided I could only keep my deepest and darkest secret from you for so long. It was last night, after reflecting on my behavior, that I felt compelled enough to finally tell you the real truth. There is a real reason why I make sure I eat frequently, regardless of my hunger level. It’s to keep myself from getting hungry (duh). Many health professionals would agree that this would definitely help to keep my metabolism revved up and ready to go to keep my energy levels stable throughout the day.
However, I don’t eat frequently for myself.
I do it for the safety of others.
Ever since I was young, regardless of the situation, when I got hungry, I got crabby. Okay, that’s an understatement. Have you seen the movie The Hulk? I have not, but I have a very vivid picture of a green monster with scary angry eyes glaring into every person’s eyes he meets. Minus the ripping off of my clothes and actually turning green, I could actually be the Hulk when I am hungry. Words fly out of my mouth, angry scowls are made, my voice actually gets louder, and people become afraid of this Mr. Hyde like person I have become.
::sigh:: I am so ashamed.
I waited too long to eat dinner yesterday. After a pretty busy morning, the Husband and I decided we would go see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — which is a whole other story in and of itself. I’m probably going to have nightmares from that movie for at least three weeks. On the way home, I had the overwhelming sense of just how hungry I was. We had eaten lunch around 11:45, and here it was, at 6:30 and I had yet to eat. Thinking back, I think I actually growled at the Husband — which now makes me think about a little boy that used to be in the pre-school class I used to teach. He always growled at everyone. I’m wondering now if he was always just hungry. I could have hooked the kid up with some extra cheese and crackers. Poor Joseph…
However, after my animalistic rage that made Charlie’s tail permanently go between his legs for the night, I stumbled upon an actual reason why people get cranky when they’re hungry — because, I know I can’t be the only one out there that his happens to.
I came across a great article on Health.com about recent research that has been done to determine why hungry people get cranky and aggressive. Long story short, when your body becomes stressed and hungry, your serotonin levels fall. Sounds pretty innocent huh? What if I told you serotonin levels in your brain help people to control their anger and aggression? Well, that to me sounds like a perfect excuse for me to pull out when someone lovingly asks me why I am so crabby when I get hungry.
Instead of barking back at this said person that my parents warned him about this before we got married and that he knew what he was getting himself into, I can calmly (or not so calmly) remind others that my serotonin levels are off and I am incapable of making sound decisions at the moment.
Oh, and to get me some freaking food for goodness sake!