You’re Not You When You’re Hungry…

 

Every UCSD student probably knows the feeling of being irritable or unable to focus after a long day of classes. But before throwing your O-Chem textbook at the wall, try stopping and thinking, “Have I eaten anything recently??

Low blood sugar levels, which can result from going too long without food, can increase irritability and affect your mood. Just imagine how hard it is waiting at one of your favorite restaurants as your body screams out for nutrients. But ignoring your growling stomach can even have greater effects on your abilities as a student, as low blood sugar can affect memory and attention span.

The upside is that awareness and a little preparation go a long ways towards beating grumpiness and being your superstar student self! The simple solution is having snacks rich in both protein and carbohydrates handy when you feel your blood sugar start to dip.

What other problems can truly be solved by snacking??

Luckily, UCSD students have a wide variety of options to choose from. Some suggestions when bringing your own snacks to school are homemade trail mix or fruit with nut butter. Nuts particularly are a great source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full. They also have the added bonus of not being squishable in your backpack!

HDH’s six markets, viewable at https://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/markets.aspx, contain a selection of healthy snacks like:

-Hummus and veggie packs

-Nutritional bars

-And my personal favorite, Siggi’s Icelandic-style yogurt (the Nonfat Acai and Mixed Berry flavor is a must try!)

Here are some additional resources about blood sugar levels:

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20070031714.pdf

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/feeling-hangry-why-we-can-get-grumpy-when-were-hungry-10401397.html

What foods do you like to snack on? Let us know in the comments!

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