HCB's Journal, 20 March 2013

Greetings, Buddies:

I have posted this before but it seems to still be appropriate as WINTER drags on in the upper Midwest. It was SIX degrees yesterday! And there is a lot of snow hanging around! I want SPRING!

I started reading about carb cravings, serotonin levels, and light.

Basically, as the days shorten and we have less sunlight, we produce less serotonin (the neurotransmitter that impacts mood).

As a result, we begin to crave carbs, or as some people call it, "comfort foods." (It really does seem to happen in Fall and Winter for many of us, doesn't it?)

Science can show that carbs increase serotonin levels while spiking the insulin - so people temporarily believe they "feel better" until the inevitable sugar crash happens and the craving cycle is repeated over and over.

And, that is why carbs can be addictive to some people and they call it "emotional eating." The overeating of carbs can often be an effort to "feel better."

A more effective solution? Get more sunlight! Take a brisk walk outdoors, sit by a window as often as possible, or buy a lightbox - the type used for seasonal depression.

Diet Calendar Entries for 20 March 2013:
1096 kcal Fat: 39.07g | Prot: 95.71g | Carb: 89.84g.   Breakfast: Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), 2% Fat Milk, Quaker original Instant Oatmeal, Egg White, Splenda, Butter, water. Lunch: Bumble Bee prime Fillet Tuna, cocoa almonds 100 calorie pack, water. Dinner: Sweet Potato (Without Salt, Baked In Skin, Cooked), Butter, Chicken Breast Meat and Skin (Broilers or Fryers, Roasted, Cooked). more...
2502 kcal Activities & Exercise: Desk Work - 6 hours and 30 minutes, Sitting - 8 hours, Sleeping - 9 hours, Driving - 30 minutes. more...
on diet HCB's own diet  


Thanks for this reminder!!! 
20 Mar 13 by member: Neptunebch
Love my Happy Light..and I have used it often...it really does help..I highly recommend getting one..Have a great day...:O) 
20 Mar 13 by member: BHA
Thanks for repeating that article because even in sunny NC, spring ain't here yet!  
20 Mar 13 by member: BuffyBear
how true 
20 Mar 13 by member: rockytu
thanks for the reminder! 
20 Mar 13 by member: pam-u-la
I forgot about that. Thanks for reposting! 
20 Mar 13 by member: skwhite
Thanks HCB. Hope Spring comes your way soon. 6 degrees? Ouch. 
21 Mar 13 by member: Helewis
Spring fever means more movement!!! Yea!  
21 Mar 13 by member: NutBugs1
You know what, I was doing good with carb cravings until the winter too! Sunlight needs to come back! 
26 Mar 13 by member: trumpeter26


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