Monday, January 17, 2011

Curb Your Winter Carb Cravings

Why do you crave carbohydrates in winter?

Natural sunlight converts to vitamin D and naturally boosts serotonin levels. This may be why spring weather puts you in a happier mood!

In winter, your serotonin levels are lower due to lack of vitamin D. Your body wants to increase seratonin and looks to do that through food. Enter: CARB CRAVINGS!

Don't let your carb cravings impact your weight loss efforts

--When choosing foods, always choose whole grain breads and pastas. Stay away from enriched carbs, such as white bread.

--Always eat protein with carbohydrates. Try turkey on whole-grain bread or brown rice with black beans.

--Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

--Use a light box for light therapy for 20-30 minutes per day.

--Exercise for 30 minutes per day. Even three 10-minute walks will help your mood.

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