Hello Loyal Soup People! Let’s talk about stress. We’re all over-stressed! Many studies have shown that in times of stress, we tend to seek out “comfort foods” that are usually full of salt, sugar, and fat. Then we gain weight which makes us even more stressed. Vicious cycle indeed! However, I just read an article in the New York Times about how the hormones in our body that are released by stress can also make us gain weight. Well, that’s stressful!!
According to the article, researchers found a direct link between chronically high cortisol levels (stress hormones) and obesity. Researchers are still trying to figure out what causes this relationship, but the facts are clear. If you are stressed over long periods of time, you are more likely to gain weight and have trouble losing it.
If there was ever a reason to take up yoga and meditation, this is it. Hiking in the woods, exercise, deep breathing – these are all linked to lower stress levels. In addition to weight gain, stress can impact our entire body. In this fast paced world of smart phones, instant communication, barrages of news – we need to unplug and rewind. Now more than ever. Our health depends on it.
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!