I am shoving stir fry into my mouth as I write this. Why? BECAUSE I’M FREAKIN’ HUNGRY. I waited too long to get lunch (it’s been six hours since breakfast), and it’s a code red hunger situation.
I used to be very afraid of that feeling. I was putting so much extra food into my body that the real physical sensation of an empty stomach was foreign—and frightening. I think part of the fear was also a holdover from my dieting days in high school and college, when I’d walk around hungry a lot of the time. It sucked and I never wanted to go back there.
I’m not afraid of hunger anymore, and know that it’s natural, normal and healthy to feel the need for a meal deep in your belly and your body. That said, when I wait too long to eat, I sort of Hulk out. Yes, like the Incredible Hulk.
Before I got myself lunch, I was getting angry at emails; angry at Pandora for playing the same song too often; angry at my low-waisted denim leggings for sliding down on my hips. And, as I was waiting to pay for my lunch at the cafe in my office building I had the strongest urge to oh-so-subtly push a girl who was crowding me. (Yeah, hi Evil Sunny—why don’t you have some chicken and broccoli?)
The other thing that happens when I get too hungry is that I eat too fast, and then I’m not satisfied and I feel like I need more food. My stir fry’s gone, btw, and now I’m on my way to the vending machine to buy the healthiest thing there—most likely pretzels or the unsweetened trail mix.
What happens when you guys get too hungry? Does it scare you? Make you irritable? Trigger overeating?