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30 Jun 2005

To Diet Doc and AFB - Food Cravings
Hi there!

Doc, I've started to follow your diet to prevent further weight gain (I'm 24 weeks pregnant) but I still crave chocolate and bread (and cereal) every day! I've started taking Omega 3 & 6 supplements as I can not stand chicken or fish at the moment and only eat red meat. I thought that I may have a shortage of fatty acids or some oils or something. Why do you think I crave these unhhealthy foods? I've tried thinking positive things - taking my mind off eating - but I literally taste chocolates and bread in my mouth the whole day! Please advise! Boy, I hope my 2nd pregnancy is different one day!
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Curious
Unfortunately pregnancy can be associated with food cravings that are often totally illogical and also cause so-called 'taste perversions) due to hormonal changes in the body. You will be having sufficient bread and cereal if you follow the slimming diet on this Website, so give it a chance. The chocolate craving could be due to an imbalance in your serotonin levels (serotonin is a brain chemical). If you feel depressed then this is an indication that your serotonin levels may be low. Carbohydrates and some of the chemicals in chocolate increase serotonin levels, which could be why you are craving carbs and chocs. However, proteins also increase brain serotonin levels, so try having half a glass of fat-free milk at regular intervals during the day to see if this can alleviate the cravings. Use the milk allowance for this. Perhaps doing relaxing exercises would also help because exercise also increases other chemicals in the brain that make you feel more positive. Ask your dr what type of exercise you can do at this stage of your pregnancy.
Best regards
DietDoc
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