During the colder, winter months our bodies crave comfort foods – foods that ‘stick to your ribs,’ making you feel full and satisfied, but why? Unfortunately, the verdict is still out on this one; but some say it’s related to our serotonin levels, which are at their lowest during the winter months. Serotonin is a brain chemical that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. So, eating a carbohydrate-rich meal or snack will increase your brain’s production of serotonin making you feel better…at least temporarily. Now what to do when you’ve eaten too much?
First, determine the overdose: too much carbohydrate or protein? Feeling bloated, craving cheese, feeling jittery and a headache brewing? Sounds like a carbohydrate overdose! Or feeling like something heavy is sitting in your gut, craving sugar and feeling sleepy & slow? Then a protein overdose is your culprit.
If you are the victim of a carbohydrate overdose you need to bring your insulin level down by eating a little healthy fat and protein. Sip some water and get moving – a gentle walk or some slow yoga will help wake up your digestive muscles.
If too much protein was the culprit drink some tea or coffee to stimulate your adrenal glands to help you process the protein or take a digestive enzyme supplement to break down the protein.
Enjoy your favourite comfort foods with family and friends this winter but pay attention and listen to your body because when you do, your body will feel good and allow you to enjoy cake guilt free.