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Is stress making you crave more junk food?

Posted Jan 15 2010 2:00pm


Stress affects us in such different ways. But regardless of how you internalize stress, it’s not doing your body any good.

Now it’s true that a certain amount of stress is quite good because it keeps you alert and I can assure you that very few atheletes would become great at their sport if there was not a bit of stress involved.

There is a point where stress STOPS serving us any purpose and starts destroying us from the inside out.

It would be easy to just say “cut out stress from your life”, but that would be equivalent to telling people to move to a remote island with no internet connection, no worries about money, love, family or health.

The bottom line is that in our society, we cannot run away from stress, we’ve got to learn to control it.

So many people internalize their stress and use food as a conduit to releasing their negative energy. I do the contrary, stress shuts my system and I stop eating. Stress (or an overload of stress) also messes up my sleep pattern and I’ve found that when I’m overwhelmed by things I’m not always able to take a step back and assess things with a clear mind. I get drowned by things and feel like I’m frantically swimming to shore.

Along the years I’ve tried meditation to clear my mind from stress and I’ve found it’s helped me a lot, but lately I have to say that visualization (I guess another form of meditation has helped me a lot).

The interesting thing about people who deal with stress by overeating is they rarely attack a huge plate of salad with homemade dressing. You’ll usually see them lining up at their favourite fast food joint or in the freezer area of your grocery store trying to debate which tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream they’ll inhale in one sitting.

News flash: stress makes you crave all the wrong foods!

Stress expert Robert Lee has spent a lot of time analyzing ways to cope with stress.

>>> If you want to find out how you can handle your stress more and not give into your junk food ways, you can click on the link: The SuperStress Solution

I think you’ll find her perspective to be quite interesting:

We manage (or at least we think we do) with less sleep, less exercise, and more work, eating junk and processed foods on the run, fueling up with caffeine and sugar. Toss in 24/7 news and addictive devices that give us “screen sickness,” and is it any wonder that anxious is the new normal?

Our bodies have been hardwired to cope with stress since prehistoric times, but we are biologically ill-equipped to handle the kind of stress that accumulates in our lives today.

The brain, in all its majesty, can’t distinguish true physical emergencies from daily hassles, deadlines, information and technology overload, difficult decisions, guilt, and worries. The physiological reaction is the same: a chronic hormonal surge born of our instinctive fight-or-flight response. The result is a cluster of dangerous symptoms: immune deficiencies, high blood pressure, obesity, insomnia, and a wide range of other ailments. This is what world-renowned integrative physician Dr. Roberta Lee has defined as the SuperStress syndrome, a form of post-traumatic stress disorder and an emerging pandemic caused by our overstimulated, undernourished lifestyle. But she has the solution.

In this empowering, life-changing book, Dr. Lee shows you how to build crucial stress resistance and resilience back into your hectic life with a unique prescription for recognizing, rebalancing, and protecting against stresses small and large. Starting with a comprehensive, informative quiz to determine your stress level and stress personality type, The SuperStress Solution then guides you through a 4-week healing program to reset your rattled nervous system to a default state of rest instead of high alert. Discover how to:

* NOURISH your body with nutrient-rich foods, herbs, and supplements that repair stress damage and fight off new stress

* DETOX your system and jump-start your body’s healing with an easy-to-follow eating plan

* SYNCHRONIZE your life and bring harmony to your daily routine by restructuring your priorities

* SLEEP well again by following simple steps to protect and promote the rest your body needs

* MOVE to simple, low-impact exercises that can be done in five-minute to one-hour increments

* RETRAIN your mind so that you can access a sense of peace and calm even in your most stressed-out moments

The SuperStress Solution will do more than help you beat back the overload that is making you sick; it will restore physical harmony and balance. More than a program that makes you feel better, it is a program that will make you truly well.

>>> If you want to find out how you can handle your stress more and not give into your junk food ways, you can click on the link: The SuperStress Solution

>>> Here’s a really simple tip from Roberta Lee to help you with stress right now:

To reduce stress, and avoid SuperStress, try this today:

Simple as it sounds; focused breathing — during which you think about your breath as you inhale and exhale — is a very effective stress-management technique. A slow, full breath triggers physical and cognitive changes that promote relaxation. Deep breathing helps release tension and anxiety and is a great energizer because the deeper the breath, the more your body is flooded with life-fueling oxygen. A full breath begins with the diaphragm pushing downward so that the stomach extends out. As your lungs fill with air, your chest expands. When you exhale, the reverse occurs — your chest settles first and then your stomach.

* When anxiety strikes or you find yourself focusing on negative thoughts, immediately exhale through your mouth.

* Now, open your lungs, and breathe in through your nose, drawing in a fresh, cleansing air to the count of four.

* Exhale again slowly to the count of five.

* Repeat four times.

>>> Here’s what others have to say about Roberta Lee’s new book:


“The hectic pace of life is taking a toll on your body and mind. Here is the remedy.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.

“With unique yet easy-to-implement diet and lifestyle changes, this powerfully healing book will help you build oases of calm into your life, moments of control and peace from which you can draw strength and resilience against both the small and large stresses of your day.” –Dean Ornish, M.D.

“To anyone whose default state of mind and being is stressed out, Dr. Roberta Lee’s book, The SuperStress Solution, is a masterful guide to the most difficult skill in the world – learning to deeply relax. Just as the absence of disease is not health, so the absence of obvious stress is not relaxation. For unremitting stress, you need a solution, and practical tools, and a way to find the “pause” button and learn to hit it every day. This book will give you back life and joy.” –Mark Hyman, MD, author, The SuperStress Solution

>>> More about Robert Lee

Roberta Lee, M.D., author of The SuperStress Solution, is vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine, director of Continuing Medical Education, and co-director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lee attended George Washington University Medical School and is one of the four graduates in the first class from the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona conducted by Andrew Weil, M.D.

>>> If you want to find out how you can handle your stress more and not give into your junk food ways, you can click on the link: The SuperStress Solution

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