No, I don’t mean throwing food at each other (although that can be fun, if a bit messy!)
Hunger makes people irritable and can turn a minor argument into a major bust-up. Ever heard the expression “hangry”, which means being angry because you’re hungry?
John Gottman, the US relationship “guru” whose study we’re quoting this week, says that couples have the worst fights when one (or both) are hungry.
He recommends couples take 20 minutes’ time out if a fight starts to get dirty – and research by Cornell University’s Dr Karl Pillemer suggests you use that time to make a sandwich.
When you sense that a small irritation is about to blow up out of all proportion, stop. Take a break, eat and drink something, then see how you feel.
Do you find your mood is affected by how hungry you are? Women especially can be very sensitive to their blood-sugar level; I know that if I’m hungry I get more and more irritable up to the point where I HAVE TO EAT – NOW! Anyone remember the TV advert with kids growling “FEEEEEED ME!”? That would be me 🙂