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Certified in Maternal and Infant Nutrition from Cornell, Angela’s mission is to help people reach their wellness goals. She also helps run a program that teaches pregnant women about how a healthy lifestyle optimizes prenatal and postnatal care.
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While experts agree that there are no definitive reasons why
we gravitate towards sweets, there are several things going on in our bodies
that may leave us with a hankering for that sugar rush. From birth, sweet is the first taste humans
prefer. Sugar and other carbohydrate containing foods stimulate the release of
the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Naturally, our bodies enjoy that
sensation of pleasure, which may leave us wanting more and more of our favorite
Sweets and other refined carbs digest rather quickly,
causing our blood sugar to rise and fall rapidly, leading to a “crash and burn”
feeling without much satisfaction.
Depriving ourselves of foods that we enjoy is not the
answer; yet we know that giving into our cravings too often may interfere with
recommended weight gain recommendations during pregnancy and healthy postpartum
weight loss. Don’t let your sweet tooth get the better of you, read on for tips
on how to keep it in check!
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