The tendency to overeat during the winter might come down to basic biology and our primitive impulses urging us to stockpile for the cold months ahead.
In addition, during winter we have less daylight. Your pineal gland responds to lack of light by producing melatonin, the sleep hormone, which makes you feel sleepy and ready to rest. When you feel sleepy you lack energy and motivation and therefore your activity levels may decrease. You may feel the cold more and because the act of metabolising food generates heat, your body will naturally crave carbohydrate rich foods to keep warm. The higher level of melatonin also increases appetite.
As soon as temperatures drop, our appetite goes up for high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods — stews, mashed potatoes etc– the dishes that make us feel warm and cosy
So if you are starting to feel hungrier its perfectly normal.
The problem is feeling cold triggers a self-preservation mode that sends the body a message to heat up fast. And that message is often played out as a craving for carbohydrate-rich foods — the sugars and starches that provide the instant “heat” boost your body is longing for.
The trick here is to fill up on the food that will satisfy you without knocking you off track.
I just don’t think salads are going to cut it at this time of year. We need warm, filling food that comforts us on these dull, cold days. Here are some examples
Sweet potato jacket + topping Homemade soup
Chilli Lamb tagine
Hot pot Bangers and mash
Any protein with veg
Sweet potato mash
Planning and preparation becomes even more important at this time of year. Invest in a slow cooker, have the tea ready for as soon as you get in. Make extra so you have a tasty filling lunch to reheat the next day.
The more you plan for the week the more likely you are to succeed.
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