Why is it that when we get stressed we begin to crave exactly the opposite of what is good for us? For many of us that struggle with stress, as soon as we begin to feel those anxieties creeping up on us, we would do anything to alleviate it. However, when we are stressed and anxious we are often not thinking very straight, and we might make choices that are hurting us, instead of helping us to feel better.
Consider the typical comfort foods: things like mac & cheese, potatoes, and sweets. These foods are what your brain craves most when it’s stressed, and because you feel so anxious you figure, “Why not? I deserve it; I just want to feel better…”
But, if you listen to your stressed-out brain, you will only end up feeling worse. These foods, because they are high in carbs send your blood sugar on a roller coaster, are what your stressed-out brain craves. They even increase your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. This only makes it more difficult to calm your anxieties, and will cause you to feel depressed and groggy when all that sugar in your bloodstream is used up. Additionally, foods that contain sugar, gluten and casein from dairy actually trigger the pleasure center in your brain.
Next time you start to feel stressed, just breathe and remember indulging your craving for a candy bar will only ramp up your anxieties and leave you feeling tired. Instead you should pick up a copy of The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook – where I have over 100+ brain healthy recipes.
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