There’s something about the winter that makes us eat more. Not really all that surprising, right? Personally, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we typically aren’t walking around in shorts or rocking our bikinis, so we feel free to stuff our faces, but what do I know? I also live in New York, so the two aren’t really options. It’s been scientifically proven that we eat more during the winter time, but there’s another theory out there that actually makes a lot of sense.
Apparently since the beginning of time, when cold weather approaches our primal urges kick in. The lower the temperature and the shorter the days, the more calories we want, and usually do, consume. [via Gothamist] So the fact that you like to snuggle up with a tub of ice cream or bake a cake and eat everything down to the batter is totally normal – best news you’ve heard in a while right?
While the biological aspects are pretty compelling, there’s a different way of thinking on the table. You know how sometimes the food you eat or smell while it’s cooking can trigger some pretty serious memories? Maybe it’s eating apple pie with your grandparents or helping cook in the kitchen with all those smells in the air. Whichever it is, the combination of certain foods and their memories can actually be part of the reason you indulge. It reminds you that you’ve done it before, and makes you want to again.
Furthermore, if we’re talking strictly holiday eating, the sheer amount of food at your fingertips brings eating everything in sight to a whole different level. If the cake is there the point is to eat it, right?
So this winter, stop worrying and feel free to indulge, it’s apparently kind of the point.
What do you think, Lovelies? Do you indulge in the winter months? Are you looking forward to eating a lot this holiday weekend?