The Big Carb Crave!!!
Can this be you??
Feeling sad or depressed at times
Worry about things a lot
Do you feel your mind goes 100 miles a minute
Do you find it hard to sleep and you start to worry about what you need to do the next day
Do you have panic attacks or just feel panicky from time to time
Do you ever feel anxious
Feeling things are out of control at times
Do you lack self esteem
If you do, when you are feeling any of the above you do feel the need to crave comfort foods in the form of Processed Carbohydrates?
Generalised Anxiety or Panic Disorder
Is a known disorder and it is not uncommon for that condition to be associated with eating simple carbohydrates.
The condition of anxiety is a very low or a fluctuating level of a chemical in your body called Serotonin, the feel good hormone.
The quickest way to increase Serotonin levels in your body is with food not just any type of food but with processed carbohydrates i.e. chips, fast food, white rice and bread, chicken combined with fat.
They behave like a drug in your system
After 2 seconds of eating these types of food your body sugar levels go up,
after 4 seconds insulin is released,
after 6 seconds this rushes to the brain,
after 7 seconds it turns into Serotonin,
you know that feeling you feel " sigh & relax".
However this feeling goes away .it is just temporary.
As far as your body is concerned You have just taken a medicine
It’s a very short term solution as it messes up all the balance of complex chemicals in your body.
So if you crave processed carbohydrates or comfort foods this is not about a flaw in your character nor does it mean you lack willpower.
These are real brain chemicals and processes. That with a combination of genetics and maybe some kind of life event that have proved difficult or stressful for you
i.e. lose of job, illness, loss of a family member or friend, marriage breakup, house move, general stress etc.
Put these things together and it’s a recipe for weight gain.
All is not lost though
if you switch to eating healthy foods coupled with lots of exercise you will start to feel better about yourself,
you won't feel so anxious,
your outlook on life changes,
you will become happier,
able to get up in the morning without a struggle,
you won't feel so tired,
you will no longer lack energy and therefore won't feel so depressed.
All of this will stop your body craving simple carbohydrates (comfort foods) and you will beat the circle of your body wanting these foods all the time.
It won't happen overnight, but stick with it and you will notice the changes in your mood and energy levels fairly quickly and when you start to feel good about yourself again you will find it so much easier to lose weight.
And remember Exercise will lift you mood and spirits too