*Winter Carb Cravings*

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Virgorgeous

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Posted: 12 Dec 2007, 10:14
I found this on FitSugar.com thought it seemed true (for me at least)...

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. The sunshine vitamin is helpful in keeping 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.

Fit's Tip: 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!
blueyedmerle

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Posted: 13 Dec 2007, 08:26
Great article....I was wondering why I wanted so much bread and rice!Laughing
I'm having trouble with the workout part of the equation. I'm so tired when I get home that all I want to do is eat and sleep!(Carbs)
I go to work at 6:30 am and get off at 2:30pm, great hours, but I'm to tired to use them except for housework and cooking.
Oh well I'll find a program that's 15 minutes or so and try that in the afternoon.Rolling Eyes
"If your troubled send your mind out on vacation"
sararay

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Posted: 13 Dec 2007, 13:03
Thanks for sharing, that is great advice.

Love the food that loves you back.

Take it one day at a time!
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Not2Late

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Posted: 13 Dec 2007, 15:11
This was great! Thanks for sharing. I found that exercise also helps to curb those hunger pangs if you can hold off eating until you're done working out! Smile



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