Are you stress eater or comfort eater?
In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I want to talk about comfort eating and stress eating. In times of stress our body looks for dense calories, foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat. When we are stressed the biochemistry of our blood changes.
It all happens when our brain feels a danger so it sends signals to our body that there is something wrong. This signal triggers the adrenaline glands that release adrenaline (also known as epinephrine) and cortisol. The combination of adrenaline and cortisol will turn the fat cells into a fat storing machine. When we are stressed out our blood is full of cortisol and epinephrine that was triggered by the brain and that makes our body to look for foods that are high in sugar and fat.
So the only factors that contribute to obesity aren’t how much we eat and how little we exercise, it’s also how much adrenaline and cortisol is in our blood. Stress or relaxation will control if we are in fat storing mode (lower metabolism) or fat burning mode (higher metabolism). When we are stressed and surrounded with abundance of high fat and high sugary foods we unfortunately are destined to eat them. Taking back the control over our bodies is what we need in times of stress.
The other contributing factor is the culture of fast food that has drastically changed our mind set about mindful eating; sometimes we eat so fast that we wonder who finished our plates. One of the tips on losing weight is mindful eating. Mindful eating will help our body to recognize we are eating because we are stressed and depressed or hungry.
The worst thing you can do is restricting your body from food when you are hungry. If you want to feel healthy and be in control of your body you should start listening to your body. One of the reasons that your body is hanging on to all its abdominal fat is because your body knows that you keep it hungry for long hours so it wants to hold on to all its stubborn fat, in case it needs energy later. If you eat regularly throughout the day and sense your food instead of stress eating you will lose weight gradually. One of the worst diets on the planet is low fat or non fat diet that does not work over a long period of time. Our bodies need good fat and any time you do some extreme diet like this, as soon as you eat, your body will turn all the food you ate to fat and you will put on weight.