advertisement
Question
Posted by: dw | 2010/05/20

Carbs when sick

Hi Doc. When I have flu, I tend to crave carbs for dinner. Whereas if Im healthy, I can just have a salad for dinner and Im satisfied. Is this normal?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageDietDoc

Dear DW
Craving carbs usually indicates that your diet is deficient in carbohydrates, esp those with a low glycaemic index or GI. So make sure that you are having at least one serving of low-GI, low-fat carbs at each meal even when you are not sick. Illness tends to make one feel depressed and eating carbs increases a chemical in the brain called serotonin which lifts the mood. So the body tries to increase the serotonin levels in the brain by prompting you to eat carbs. Diets that cut out all carbs are not balanced, so check out the slimming diet on this Website as an example of a balanced, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet). If you don't need to lose weight then you can have larger portions of the suggested foods.
Best regards
DietDoc

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

1
Our users say:
Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/05/21

Dear DW
Craving carbs usually indicates that your diet is deficient in carbohydrates, esp those with a low glycaemic index or GI. So make sure that you are having at least one serving of low-GI, low-fat carbs at each meal even when you are not sick. Illness tends to make one feel depressed and eating carbs increases a chemical in the brain called serotonin which lifts the mood. So the body tries to increase the serotonin levels in the brain by prompting you to eat carbs. Diets that cut out all carbs are not balanced, so check out the slimming diet on this Website as an example of a balanced, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet). If you don't need to lose weight then you can have larger portions of the suggested foods.
Best regards
DietDoc

Reply to DietDoc

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement