Research has suggested that the common cravings for sugar may be related to low levels of serotonin (5-HT), a mood-regulating neurotransmitter. Serotonin is also responsible for our sleep cycle, our mood, not to mention-how inclined we may be to eat an extra cupcake or two. Carbohydrates contain tryptophan, an amino acid and the precursor to serotonin, leading researchers to believe that many individuals are self-medicating themselves with carbohydrates, which essentially work like an anti-depressant. So, if we don’t rest, our Serotonin levels are off. This means our mood becomes altered as does our ability to be present, to make good (food) decisions and to be mindful about our food choices.
If you experience shifts in energy and mood throughout the day and find yourself, compulsively overeating, binge eating or night eating, you could benefit from Behavioral Nutrition’s disordered eating counseling. With our experienced in-house team of therapists and dietitians you will learn new skills to improve your eating behaviors and improve your energy and overall mood. We offer convenient evening availability and accept most major insurances.
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