….such a funny idiom eh? This week was super stressful – but I am happy to say I did not turn to desserts for comfort.
However, it’s Friday – which means weigh-in day. I was dreading this yesterday; I’ve had a crappy week. I haven’t been overeating (actually, I’ve been eating less than usual – which is an amazing feat)…but I haven’t exercised nearly as hardcore as I did last week – I was totally unmotivated. So, the victory is that I’m not emotionally eating – hooray! The disappointment is that I lost 0 pounds this week.
I am exactly 360 – again. GAH!
This weekend I am going to focus on finding some healthy outlets for the things weighing on my mind. My natural reaction when I’m angry/upset/whatever is to eat for comfort. Food makes me feel better. But, like I realized back in Food is Fuel, Not Comfort I know my triggers and need to find a better outlet for them. So, I might not have eaten this week – but I didn’t expend all that pent-up frustration/anger either – so it certainly wasn’t a “win”.I took the things upsetting me, I internalized them and caused myself to be sleepless 4/5 nights and clench my jaw a bunch (which in turn gives me headaches…boo!).
I was thinking about all the crap that went on this week and I wondered “Does stress actually make you fat, or does it just make you eat?‘ – because like I mentioned, I was under on my calorie intake every day this week. Google tells me:
The so-called “stress hormone” cortisol is released in the body during times of stress along with the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine that constitute the “fight or flight” response to a perceived threat. Following the stressful or threatening event, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels return to normal while cortisol levels can remain elevated over a longer time period. In fact, cortisol levels can remain persistently elevated in the body when a person is subjected to chronic stress.
Cortisol has many actions in the body, and one ultimate goal of cortisol secretion is the provision of energy for the body. Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, in addition to stimulating insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar levels. The end result of these actions is an increase in appetite. Therefore, chronic stress, or poorly managed stress, may lead to elevated cortisol levels that stimulate your appetite, with the end result being weight gain or difficulty losing unwanted pounds.
So, the 10 million dollar question is how do you guys cope with stress in a healthy way?
P.S. – I’ll be working on a really fabulous blog post this weekend, look for it Monday. I promise, it will blow your mind! 😉