I consider myself a fluctuator. You know, a sorta healthy weight until the proverbial “___ hits the fan”, life gets stressful, then it starts ….
I’m not sleeping enough, I’m eating junky foods, and lots of it, then BAM! I swell up like 2 sizes….until stuff cools down and I’m able to get back to my routine of healthy living.
But then again, isn’t that’s what’s happening to all of us?
When you are stressed, you are not as good to your body. You eat too much, and it’s usually too much of the bad stuff (did somebody say mozzarella sticks?!). When you are stressed your sleep suffers, you don’t get enough water, nutrients, exercise, or time for play. When you are strapped for time, you eat convenient foods, not good-for-you foods. When we are frazzled, we’re not as nice to our loved ones, which causes them stress (and worsens our own). When you body is stressed (you tired of me using that word yet, is it causing you stress?) it holds on to every calorie it can and packs on the fat tissue because it’s preparing for the worst (long winter without food? drought? famine?) Then shedding pounds becomes nearly impossible!
I really think, as a nation, we aren’t all over-weight, we’re just all crazy-stressed!
Slammed with work, financial woes, kids’ schedules, social obligations, unrewarding jobs, unhealthy or broken relationships, facades to keep up, our own self-imposed stressors, taking on too much, ailing parents, car trouble, the list goes on…
So if stress makes you fat and unhealthy, then wouldn’t it make sense that de-stressing and simplifying your life would make you more healthy, trimmer and overall much happier?
What are ways you can simplify!?
(stress photos from Mandyrandall.com and Boundless)