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Thursday, December 01, 2005 8:20 AM
Stop B&#*@ing and Eat!
Anita Sharpe on Life

Perhaps it's a coincidence, but the crabbiest people I know are those who skip breakfast or the equivalent (they grab a diet soda.) I've noticed this pattern since high school. I have a growing list of people I make sure I avoid in the morning.

Now the New York Times is weighing in with a big story about 'food swings.'

'I'm sorry I was hungry,' the story notes, 'has become a culturally acceptable way to apologize for brusque behavior.'

1 comment

Whitney - 12/2/2005 1:40:16 AM
I'm not sure that I'm outwardly crabby as a result of skipping breakfast (my stomach literally turns queasy if I eat before 9 a.m.), but I do keep to myself at the office in the mornings and don't schedule morning meetings unless the other attendees really can't meet any other time. I *do* get crabby if I wait too late to eat lunch after skipping breakfast, and have established a more normal and healthy eating routine as much for the sake of my co-workers' sanity as for mine.

I would add that people on diets -- or, at least, certain diets -- can be equally crabby to be around. We have two women at work who recently went on diets (I question the logic of going on a restrictive diet in between Thanksgiving and New Years) that restrict them to 1200 calories a day.

They have mood swings worse than what you get with PMS, have difficulty focusing on tasks and meetings, and have short attention spans even in the conversations that *they* start. Our attempts to suggest to them that they simply be careful of how much they eat during the holidays, and then start the diet in January, have fallen on deaf ears.

So now most of us avoid them and leave them to labor and kibbitz over their calorie counter journals.


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