Stress: Punishing Ourselves with Naughty Treats

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Lara Jezeph
Web: www.larajezeph.com Email: [email protected] FB Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/digestivehealth/

Ladies, why do we punish ourselves when we are stressed? Official figures show that women aged 25-54 are more stressed than their male colleagues, with this pressure peaking for those aged 35-44. The stress is coming around the time when many women are juggling family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly parents [1]

Often I get friends, family and clients telling me that they had a piece of cake, chocolate bar or pizza then felt they had to justify it with “I had a stressful day at work”, and “Don’t worry, I punished myself in the gym for it and pushed myself really hard”.

What’s wrong with eating a piece of cake now and then? Food should not be a punishment or a reward – we are not dogs.

I put this little diagram together to explain a common cycle that I see women experience and how your hormones play a massive part:

This seems to be a common cycle that repeats over and over so you’re better off just enjoying the cake and not stress about it. The stress hormone, cortisol, when high can not only interfere with weight gain, it can also effect concentration, memory, immune function, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and on and on….

My point is, everything in moderation. Don’t eat cake daily because even if you go to the gym daily it wont make a difference (this is for my article next week on exercise and diet for weight loss), I just want you to understand that its OK to enjoy treats now and again and not punish yourself for the pleasure.

Break the cycle and eat good, nutritious foods 80% of the time. This will boost your moods because what you put into your gut will massively affect your mind, it will also improve your energy to want to exercise so you will be in a better frame of mind to enjoy it.

Now, don’t get me started on how stress effects digestion but just note, stress effects health in a negative way. I am not saying to just stop stressing, because lets be realistic, however there are amazing ways we can manage stress levels so they don’t effect overall health and wellbeing. Book in a call with me to find out more or check out my new Kick Start program.

How do you deal with stress?

What coping mechanisms do you have for dealing with stress? Let us know in the comment box below.

References:

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/stress.pdf?pdf=stress

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Lara Jezeph

Lara Jezeph

Web: www.larajezeph.com Email: [email protected] FB Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/digestivehealth/

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