However, there’s actually a scientific reason behind why you crave such foods in winter. A new study into the link between nutrition and psychiatry has found that our stomach can produce the ‘happy’ chemicals dopamine and serotonin, thus when we eat food it makes us feel happy and content.
These ‘happy’ chemicals are also released when we exercise or get out and about in the sun, and exposure to both these things usually declines during winter. That means our bodies undergo a change in the balance of various gut bacteria and natural chemicals, resulting in us craving more comfort food in winter to trigger those feelings of happiness and wellbeing!
Whereas in summer, when many people are outside in the sun, in the garden, swimming and going for walks, our happy chemicals are triggered by sunlight and physical exercise.
So, if you’re trying to kick the cravings for those creamy pasta dishes and wintery desserts, it might be a good idea to get outside for a brisk walk in the sunshine.
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