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Sunday, April 28, 2013

'Stressed' is 'desserts' spelled backwards!

Stress is not good for your body, period. Well, neither is dessert!  If you are under stress for a long period of time, your stress will start manifesting itself physically. Your blood pressure becomes high, your blood glucose levels can elevate, you're more prone to mood swings, emotional outbursts, your cortisol levels skyrocket (more on that in a minute) and not to mention you just feel like shit, am I right?  

Cortisol is a steroid and one of the primary stress hormones. Cortisol lowers when you sleep and is typically highest when you wake and drops slowly throughout the day. If you are not getting enough sleep, your cortisol may not fluctuate like it normally should, causing it to be unusually high, causing you to be constantly stressed. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body craves carbohydrates, and this is what you should give it.... I'm not saying reach for the ho-hos and potato chips, I'm saying give your body a little extra healthy, starchy carbs (sweet potato, oats, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, etc.,) to help your Cortisol levels. Think about it - carbs give you fast fuel, right? Fast fuel can help you feel less sleepy, which in turn, can help you feel less STRESSED. 

That being said, I am at the end of settling an incredibly stressful lawsuit and I am in wine country by myself until Wednesday, so you better believe I am finding a spa on a winery!

Ha! So true.

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