How to solve a hunger meltdown

meltdownA hunger meltdown equals a bad mood. It happens to the best of us. You’re sitting in class, at work or on your way to the gym when you realize you have been SO busy that you accidently skipped your last meal.  Suddenly, hunger overwhelms you and food is all you can think about.  At this point, it is important to stop and realize what is actually taking over your body: a hunger meltdown.

There are several key steps that you need to follow before you waste your money and empty calories trying to figure out what it is that you actually want to eat.

1. EAT A SNACK! Even if it’s string cheese or a handful of almonds, this is key to clearing your head and solving your food meltdown. Otherwise, you are going to make a large purchase that your wallet and waistline will probably regret.

2. Avoid the grocery store. Stepping into a giant supermarket is going to be too overwhelming at this stage of your hunger. If you need to go grocery shopping, wait until you have eaten lunch, dinner or whatever meal you skipped. You will avoid spending a lot of extra money on groceries that you probably won’t end up eating.

3. Purchase one food item. Whether you go to a sit down restaurant, take-out eatery or sandwich shop, be realistic about what you are ordering.  Even though you may think you can eat an appetizer, salad and entrée, chances are you probably won’t finish them. Order one item, and if you are still hungry you can always get something else.

4. The quickest option may not be the best option. Fast food and take-out windows are tempting, but you’re probably going to regret your decision after the fact. There are obviously times when this is the only way to go, but try and take a moment to decide if its going to be worth it in the long run of your day.

The best way to avoid a hunger meltdown is to not let it happen in the first place. That, however, is just not always realistic. This semester, I have starting keeping granola bars, trail mix and bags of almonds in my backpack, purse and car. That way, if I do find myself having a hunger meltdown, I can eat a snack and clear my head before I decide what it is that I really want to spend my money on.

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