F O O D + S T R E S S .
Y’all KNOW I love talking about the power of positive thinking, right? Well get ready for some more of it, because not only is it SCIENCE, but it applies to the way we approach food, too.
Our bodies are incredible, complex things. And one of the amazing things it does is produce the hormone CORTISOL as a way of prioritizing how our bodies use energy — like - when waking up (so we don’t just flop out of the bed still asleep) - when being active (so we have enough energy to go for that hike) - AND fueling our FIGHT OR FLIGHT reactions when STRESSED, so our bodies all of a sudden have the power to run away from that bear that’s chasing us
and THAT PART 👆🏼 right there is important when we think about how our bodies physically react when we mentally stress about the food we’re eating.
Maybe it’s a fear food, or something we associate negatively with, or have unpleasant memories of, or perhaps we always eat at a particular stressful time of the day (or it’s always a stressful time of the day) … but every time we eat under stress, our bodies produce CORTISOL, which triggers the production of GLUCOSE, which raises our blood sugar levels and mobilizes triglycerides and blah blah blah science science science, it creates more and changes existing fat cells in our bodies.
TRANSLATED: when we eat food, fearing that that food will make us gain weight, it’s not so much the food but the STRESS of eating the food that can cause the weight gain we’re so afraid of.
It can also cause: ▫️suppressed immune system. ▫️chronic inflammation ▫️gastrointestinal issues ▫️insomnia ▫️and other complications
It’s just more proof that thinking “negatively” about the food we eat actually creates a tangible, physical reaction in our bodies.
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? When we STOP stressing about the foods we’re putting into our bodies, we can keep ourselves in a happy homeostasis — when we allow ourselves to R E L A X and enjoy food for what it is, our magical bodies are able to process those foods in the way they’re supposed to. 🙌🏼.
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