When 3 p.m. strikes, does your carb-craving alter ego come out, too? We asked an expert why we covet that afternoon treat.
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Odds are, you're hungry. "Even a healthy lunch probably won't hold you until 6 p.m.," says Heidi McIndoo, R.D., of Boston. You should replenish your blood sugar three to four hours after a wholesome meal; if lunch was skimpy, like a side salad, your blood sugar is low at this point and your brain is begging for fuel. "Cookies and other treats are harder to resist when we're hungry," SELF self contributing expert Stephanie Clarke, R.D., adding, "Your brain knows these carbs will bring up blood sugar quickly, so that's what it seeks." Don't fall for that cookie's siren call. Have a snack with fiber, healthy fats and lean protein to keep blood sugar steady so you don't crash and burn before dinner.
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