Ok, the doctors are all over me since my last near death experience to loose more weight. Exercise was always my way to combat it. Now, however, it’s like trying to move a rusty engine to get things to move to even walk. So life style change it is. I found this article on carb cravings and thought I’d share it. I’ve read enough articles to be a nutritionist apprentice and so have most of you. But good tips from others are always beneficial. I cannot find the website but if I’ do I’ll post later. Anyway see if this helps you with any life challenges that you struggle with at the moment.
Stress? It. Is. Everywhere!
Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard, to put it mildly.
This stress response is supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency (like running from a bear) — and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flown. In other words, it should be temporary.
But, that doesn’t happen in our society. Stress becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic. We’re constantly being bombarded by stressors, whether it’s from work, world issues, relationships or our own self-doubts and anxiety.
And what do many of us do when we’re stressed? We reach for those high-carb foods like cookies chips, pasta, crackers, cereal or bread.
Hands up if you’ve ever had a sugary cereal for supper — or as a late-night snack! Toast with jam? Yeah, I bet you have! We all do it!
So, how do you stop carb cravings? One way is reduce your cortisol levels.
You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.” Or maybe not? It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep. That’s cool. No problems there, right? It’s a good thing.
But did you know that chronically high levels of cortisol are associated with an increase in:
high blood pressure,
high blood sugar.