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Carb Cravings of Winter

The Carb Cravings of Winter

If you crave carbs during the short days of Winter, you are not alone. There seem to be a couple of physiological factors involved. Since there is less sunlight, due to shorter days, our bodies make less vitamin D (aka the sunshine vitamin). This vitamin helps keep your mood nice and sunny since it naturally boosts serotonin levels. Serotonin is the feel-good brain chemical that modulates mood, emotion, and sleep. Carbs provide a serotonin rush, so eating all that bread and pasta is a means of self-medicating with food sources. The good news is exercise also creates serotonin, so don't skimp out on your workouts. You need them during these long nights of Winter to keep your spirits up. Plus, research shows that moderate to hard workouts also boost your body temperature for hours after exercise. Save some calories and dough on your heating bill and get your sweat on!

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muchacha muchacha 8 years
I live in Canada, and my winters are full of soup, tomato, potato & leek, chicken noodle, etc. etc.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
that explains sooooo much!
emalove emalove 8 years
I love my carbs! I could never give up bread or pasta, noooo way.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 8 years
I am not cutting out carbs for anyone!
missyd missyd 8 years
Be like me and make trips to the Fake n Bake a few times a week! LOL. Nice tanned color and warm fake sun. :-p. I crave carbs in winter same as I do in summer...all the time... FYI for anyone thinking about low carbing it...I tried this last week for the first time. Ate nothing but fruits, veggies, and the odd lean protein for days. I almost fainted a few times, and thought i was going to get in a car accident from being so dizzy and light headed! I don't know how people do this!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love carbs! Pasta, bread, potatos...yum!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
i agree in the winter i love a big meal!!..full of carbs!! i hate it! i crave it all the time!!.. its the cold i tell you boooo!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I most def need more sunshine...
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Im so going through this now...its hard because I cook so much more and a lot heavier meals in the winter. I think I need to put on my coat and go outside to grill some salmon and veggies~
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
haha you know what, I always realized that I do crave mroe carbs in the winter. Like hearty dinners and breads, but I am trying VERY hard to not!
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