Food and nutrition tips for people who want to eat and feel better.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Carb Cravings & Mood
Some of my patients report a strong urge to eat carbohydrate-containing foods, such as sweet, sugary things, especially when they feel blue, down, or depressed. This is generally thought to be the carbohydrate-craving syndrome. Eating carbs helps increase serotonin in the brain, which is a feel-good hormone. A study published in the journal Eating Behaviors in October 2008 lends more support to this carb theory linking food and mood. Study participants were able to choose a carb-laden beverage over the protein beverage. Both beverages were designed to look and taste the same, so there was no overt difference detectable. In the end, the carb cravers were more likely to select the beverage with more carbs than protein.
D. Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, CDN, is a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist and owner of One Source Nutrition, LLC. He has over 16 years experience in the areas of food and nutrition as a nutrition counselor and former restaurateur.
Specializing in weight management and eating disorders, Milton helps individuals and groups overcome barriers to success by offering personalized nutrition assessment and planning. Clients set actionable, attainable goals, and they learn how to transcend the lure of fad dieting and unhealthy weight loss.
In addition, Milton is a former National Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association where he's been featured in Cooking Light, Fitness, Self, Men's Health, AOL, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and countless others. He's also written freelance articles for Environmental Nutrition, Today's Dietitian, Family Doctor, Men's Health, WeightWatchers.com, NY Daily News, and others.
Milton's graduate degree is in Health Education from Hunter College and his clinical training was conducted at Yale-New Haven Hospital.