By Elizabeth May, RDN, CSOWM, LDN
Researchers at the University of Guelph found an interesting link between hunger and mood. Read more about the study published in Psychopharmacology here.
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals or snacks each day rather than 2 or 3 large meals to help steady the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
- Eat consistent amounts of carbohydrates at meals and snacks each day and avoid skipping meals.
- Spread carbohydrate foods throughout the day. Include protein foods and vegetables at each meal for satiety and extra calories, if needed.
- Avoid foods that have a lot of sugar and carbohydrate, especially on an empty stomach. Examples are regular soft drinks (sugar-sweetened beverages), syrup, candy, regular fruited yogurt, cookies, pie, and cake.
- Avoid beverages and foods that contain caffeine. Caffeine can cause the same symptoms as hypoglycemia.
- If you choose to drink, limit alcoholic beverages to 1 drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach and without food can cause hypoglycemia.