Hangry No More: How to Beat Mood Swings with These Fundamental Tips

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On ‘Ingredients for Life,’ host Patricia Wu and guest functional nutritionist Jayne Williams explains the science behind how what we eat impacts our mood.

Hangry is Real

Our blood sugar dropping too low triggers a stress response in our bodies, potentially leading to irritability, anger, and other cranky feelings.

Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Mood

Eating a balanced diet with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and plenty of colorful produce keeps us feeling full and our blood sugar stable, warding off mood swings.

The HAPY Strategy

Jayne Williams’ easy-to-remember acronym helps you build balanced meals:

  • H – Healthy fats (like salmon or avocado)
  • A – Antioxidants (chocolate counts – yay!)
  • P – Protein (eggs, fish, beans, etc.)
  • Y – Yogurt or fermented foods (great for gut health)
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