stress much?

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Yeah….me too.

When most women talk about stress they are usually referring to an emotional stress or tension.  And what constitutes as tormenting stress to one may be a cake walk for someone else!   (who are those women?)  Either way, any ‘stressor’ can trigger the body’s automatic stress-response system.  Now you’re going to welcome in illness, such as a common cold, a heart attack or even cancer.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

TIPS FOR EATING DURING STRESS

  • Don’t forget breakfast!! If you are running on empty, stress will be much harder to manage
  • Slow down!  Eating quickly can cause digestive problems, which will only make things more stressful
  • Don’t diet!  (It’s about time someone said that!) Changing your eating habits can be stressful even during the good days!
  • Pass on the cocktail and caffeine!  They will affect your mood and sleep patterns.
  • Listen to your body!  Avoid foods that cause discomfort and get plenty of sleep at night.

Good nutrition is extremely important during those bouts of stress.  Your food will provide energy, vitamins and minerals for dealing with stress and help to attack any negative nellies that are zeroing in on your immune system.

Take a hike!  No seriously….get outside.  Go for a walk and take some deep breaths.  Look up at the clouds and remind yourself of the important things in life….and count your blessings!  Be grateful for waking up!  Can’t park up close to the store?  Thank God you have two good legs and can probably use the extra steps to burn some calories.

When you see what you DO have, you’ll have a stronger sense of peace and that stress will begin to disappear….

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the cake is a liar…

“No thank you, I’m allergic to cake.  It makes my butt swell,”  I sighed…

Well, here is just another reason to drop those pounds around the middle.  According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation!

The researchers measured levels of C-Reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women.  Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories.  (via)

So what’s a big gal to do?  Here are a few tips:

Move more:  As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week. 

Eat Less:  Opt for fruits, more vegetables and whole grains.  Remember lean portions of protein.

Grab a friend:  Exercising with a friend or just surrounding yourself with a support group can help you stay committed.

Just say no:  It’s not easy, but be firm.  Don’t look the cake in the eye.

 Eat protein prior:  Have some protein prior to the hoopla so it will be easier to walk away.

Keep in mind when temptation strikes, try to decipher if you are really hungry or if you are bored, thirsty or even feeling a bit down.