Most of us will experience hungry days, where we never seem to feel satisfied with whatever we are eating, or how much. Similarly, many of us will experience cravings (i.e. the mid-morning sweet snack or the afternoon caffeine hit). But have you ever considered them meaning something more?
Why do we crave certain foods?
Our emotions, stress and anxiety can all impact our want for certain food types. For example, bread, biscuits and cakes can have a calming effect on us – the perfect treat for when we’re feeling sad or stressed. This is because carb-heavy, sweet foods boost the levels of serotonin in the brain, also known as the ‘happy hormone’.
While you may think it’s your stomach leading the way when it comes to cravings, it’s far more likely to be a message from your brain. If you’re stressed, your brain will naturally try and improve your mood, and so releasing these signals will urge your body to consume carbs and sugar as an attempt to make...