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Here's how you can control those fall food cravings

The cooler fall air may have you running to the refrigerator or the crock-pot--all due to the need for comfort foods! But there is a way to control those cravings. (Cleveland Clinic)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The cooler fall air may have you running to the refrigerator or the crock-pot--all due to the need for comfort foods!

But there is a way to control those cravings.

We all have those moments where we just need something cold or hot, warm or gooey, to sooth the soul.

Nutritionists and psychologists explain why we crave them and what might curb some of those cravings at night, noon or even when you first wake up.

Some mornings you just need to start the day with comfort foods. The good thing about eggs, or biscuits and gravy, Sheri Kanarek says, is that anything in moderation is fine.

Kanarek is a registered dietitian at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and says a good breakfast is important.

"Getting a good breakfast can get your metabolism going, can get you going and get your blood pumping to get you going for the day," she said.

But sometimes when there's a chill in the fall air, you also might feel like comfort foods at lunch or dinner, and that might be everything from macaroni and cheese to pumpkin pie.

Psychologists at the Cleveland Clinic say there may be a reason for that. As we get less sunlight, vitamin D levels can fall. That can lead to a drop in your mood--something often picked up by your favorite food.

If you are feeling that way, there are a few ideas to curb overeating these foods.

Getting fiber, such as an apple before a meal, can help you eat less overall. And so can some healthy snacks, such a pumpkin seeds, which have minerals like tryptophan to help regulate your body's serotonin.

You also can add your own fiber to your comfort foods or make them healthier overall.

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