Take a lunch break
When feeling stressed the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol into the blood supply to prepare the body for flight or fight. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels so your brain, muscles and organs have enough fuel to get you through that stressful situation – either running away (flight) or pushing on through even though you are tired and anxious (fight), this put very simply, promots our body to store fat.
So how would you describe your current stress levels?
A little bit of stress is not a bad thing. The problem occurs when you are constantly in that stressful state and not allowing yourself to come down from it, relax and take time out. Chronically elevated cortisol increases blood sugar levels, which then elevate insulin levels preparing the body for fight or flight…this, among other things, will stop you from burning fat no matter what exercise or diet program you follow.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR STRESS?
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It’s that time of year when the sniffles get passed around.
Mine started this morning and now are in full flow…literally!
Time for hot water, lemon juice, loads of fresh ginger root grated in and half a teaspoon of honey (raw honey rather than which is heated and filtered! check out organics.org for more info).
Do you eat the same meals over again? The same pasta meals, the same vegetables, the same meat and 2 veg style meals?
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What do you do when offered a biscuit?
Take it without thinking?
This could be out of habit; not being mindful about what you are eating does not help the new year weight loss goals.
Next time you reach out for something that is not on your healthy eating plan, hesitate… » Read more
Do you suffer from hot flushes or night sweats?
Have you tried liquorice root to help the symptoms? (No, not the liquorice you get in the sweatshop!)
Many supermarkets are selling liquorice teas now. Teapigs do a very tasty liquorice and peppermint (I was lucky enough to try this at a friend’s this week as she had been given some free samples!)
Many women have told me over the last few years that they have been sprinkling flax seeds on their breakfast cereals to combat hot flushes.
But there is no research supporting flax seeds helping with heated moments. (Although they are good for increasing fibre intake so keep going with them if you are following this regime.)
There is supporting evidence towards licorice helping with hot flushes…so go buy some tea ladies if you are suffering.
But remember, the problem can also be exacerbated by too high a sugar intake in your diet.
So combine the liquorice tea with a lifestyle change towards sugar and you’ll be well on your way to combating those tropical moments.