Is Stress Causing You To Gain Weight?

womanatcomputerIn Judy ‘s session, she said: the conversation about stress was really the most helpful. Up until our talking about it, I’d not realized the connection between my stress, eating, not eating and it’s effects on my health!

I started thinking, this topic’s so important!  Let’s face it, who isn’t noticing their stress or anxiety levels???!!! Living in in a major city, in this time of the world, not eating well, surrounded by situations and people you can’t change, your stress goes up, it’s inevitable. Let’s stay connected, and receive a free 3 day mini detox with essential oils.

When the body experiences stress it goes into a fight of flight mode registering danger believing it needs to hold on, feeling trouble is lurking, similar to being at a time eons ago, when a tiger was going to eat you, your cortisol levels go up, the stress, it’s needed to ward off danger, but when danger is daily, chronic, it exhausts you, depleting your inner reserves, the body won’t release weight because it feels it needs it. And in seeking to manage the stress   a response, becomes pick up sweet, carby, foods.  They do provide a comfort, a drug like sedative to the brain.  Each time you  choose this, you’re telling your body, “hey, this works”, the mind learns, it’s stress… pick up sugary, carby foods, immediately, overwhelm calmed, and a pattern’s created, ” the stress answer, becomes sugary carby foods”. Maybe you’re someone who’s initially not eating under stress, because you’re so exhilarated, you forget you need food, but have you noticed, when that wears off, like coming off caffeine, and cravings set in, again another pattern’s created. If you’re thinking restricting calories is the way to go, you will add to your stress rather than add to your weight loss

If you’re thinking  what can I do? Here’s a few of my favorites and what my client Judy and I spoke about yesterday.

1. Essential oils~ Why?stressaway

Because they go to the limbic part of the brain; the emotional center  they can intercede between the fight and flight behavior, creating a a calm feeling, and all’s well. Giving you the courage to cope and seek other options. Putting a pause into your react mode.

Some of My favorites for reducing stress: Joy, Stress Away, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon

2. Meditation ~

Even five minutes a day, gives you another perspective, the act of being quiet and going within, changes brain waves. Use frankincense essential oil to deepen a meditation practice!

3. Yoga~

Yogi’s have known for years, getting on the ground on your back legs up against the wall quiets your mind and bring you into a calmer state. Keep it simple. When you relax the back, you calm the autonomic nervous system, taking you from the fight or flight mode, calming your mind allows your thoughts to rest. And you will be able to make better decisions.

4. PeIMG_0719t your dog, cat, crawl with your child, don’t have one, pet someone else’s dog/cat, laugh, just cause.

Here’s Jason, I adopted him 2 weeks ago,  the three items I listed above have been a part of my life for many years, but something about petting a small fury friend, who’s always happy and ready to play, a reminder of what’s so important, and can be a game changer.

Interesting study, if you’ve been depriving yourself to lose weight. Need support to choose a deprivation free approach? Let’s talk.

In one study, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2001, researchers from the University of British Columbia found that severely limiting calorie intake could kick off a series of biochemical events that ultimately not only increased stress levels, but could make people feel more hungry.

The researchers followed 62 women for three days. Of this group, 33 were on a diet of no more than about 1,500 calories a day, while the other 29 consumed up to about 2,200 calories daily.

After analyzing urine samples, researchers found that the women who had consumed the least food had the highest levels of cortisol. Not surprisingly, these same women also reported more stress during what researchers called “daily food-related experiences.” In short, the more they restricted food intake, the greater their levels of stress hormones, and, ultimately, the more they wanted to eat. Let’s stay in touch.

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