If you find that with the colder winter months comes an increase in your desire to eat…don’t be discouraged! You wear extra clothes so you can cover up, right? Just kidding. There are a few reasons that might explain your increased appetite. In doing some research, we have found the following possibilities:
- Seasonal Depression: some people might suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a mild type of depression and can cause feelings of sadness. You might try to make yourself feel better by consuming simple carbohydrates. These foods can temporarily make you feel happy because they produce the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
- More parties = more food! The Holidays bring lots of gatherings with lots of delicious foods and lots of temptations.
- It’s cold! When the body metabolizes food, it generates heat; so, your body might naturally crave carbohydrate-rich foods to get or stay warm.
- Innate biology to stock up for the winter. The body is a preservation machine! Less light and shorter days might signal us to seek food and eat it faster.
- During winter, we have less daylight. Your pineal gland responds to lack of light by producing melatonin, the sleep hormone, which also increases appetite.
Don’t worry, we’re not just going to list the possible reasons and then leave you hanging; we are going to provide some solutions that can help you curb those cravings and turn those guilty pleasures into healthy indulgences:
- Eat more protein and fiber! Eating fiber-rich and protein-rich foods with each meal can help you to feel fuller quicker and for longer periods of time. Great examples of fiber-rich foods are vegetables, beans, avocado, etc. Our favorite protein sources are lean cuts of meat and poultry, fish, Greek yogurt, and egg whites.
- Amp up your exercise routine. Physical activity increases endorphins that can help you feel good, relieve stress, and elevate metabolism.
- . Take a serving of ILoad with your carbohydrate meals to help shuttle glycogen into your muscle cells.
- Everything in moderation. It’s important to not over-restrict yourself and cause feelings of frustration. This can certainly rebound. If you want a cookie, have one - just don’t eat the whole box.
- When you’re craving food, take the time to make something healthy and delicious that you can feel great about eating, versus grabbing something unhealthy on the go. By cooking your food, you not only will be forced to slow down as you prepare your food, but you can also control what ingredients go into it. Enjoy the process of preparing your food and thoroughly enjoy each bite. CLICK HERE FOR SOME HEALTHY RECIPES.