Craving Carbs? Here’s what you really need!
Carb carvings are a part of daily life. Eating carbohydrates trigger the release of the pleasure and reward neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin release is also involved in such functions as sleep onset, pain sensitivity, blood pressure regulation, and control of the mood. This is why most people overeat carbohydrates (particularly snack foods, like potato chips or pastries, which are rich in carbohydrates and fats) to make themselves feel better. W hen you turn into Cookie Monster here are some great suggestions to support you.
Getting a good nights sleep is extremely important for optimal health. Sleep deprivation can trigger a need for a quick fix of energy, which usually leads to an carb binge. If you have trouble sleeping try creating a bed time routine that helps wind down. Try a warm bath with Epsom salts and lavender. Shut your electronics off an hour before bed. Try a night time meditation or breathing practice. Take nighty night, a natural flower essence product, or try a hot cup of camomile tea.
Protein helps keep your blood sugars level throughout the day and will also help you stay fuller longer. Lean protein, such as chicken, fish, and eggs, helps to balance blood sugar levels. Protein acts as a blood-sugar stabilizer by slowing down the rate at which sugar is absorbed in your blood stream. If you are having a pasta craving, try upgrading your pasta to zucchini noodles paired with a protein. You can buy a spiral slicer to make zoodles (zuchini noodles).
NO RESTRICTING CARBS
Restricting your carbohydrate intake reduces serotonin production in your brain. This triggers cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods! “Serotonin helps to keep your carbohydrate cravings reined in, psychologist Judith Wurtman writes in The Serotonin Power Diet.” Focus on healthy carbs! Or find some alternative healthy options for the unhealthy carbs you love.