I think everyone deals with stress differently. Sometimes stress manifests itself mentally. I’ll feel a buildup of fear, anxiety and panic but other times stress manifests itself in my body, my shoulders are tense, muscles are tight and there’s that odd feeling that’s difficult to describe, almost like when you have your hair in a tight pony tail right before you take it out, but all over. And just like that tight pony tail, you don’t realize how much it’s weighing on you until you let it out.
The reason I want to discuss stress today is because of the way stress affects the food I eat. The classic example is back in school, while I slaved over my projects during late nights I usually quelled the sense of impending doom with a little more sugar than I’m proud of. Just one paragraph, just one more jelly bean. I justified snacks as ways to keep myself awake.
Lately with all the transitions of adjusting to a new city, the stress I put on myself from work and the relentless snow (90+ inches so far this past month) in Boston, moderate levels of stress have been the norm. For example, driving, specifically in bad weather and in cities are huge stress triggers for me. They used to be occasional manageable stressful situations, but the last month has been constant unrelenting doses of both on top of each other.
I just started seeing a pattern between this stress and my decreasing appetite, which is something I’ll definitely keep an eye on. My question for you is how do you deal with daily stressful situations?
Yesterday, when I finally got on the highway, after struggling to get my wheel unstuck from a chunk of ice for over 30 minutes in 0 degree weather, I just screamed as loud as I could in my car then I just started to crack up because I sounded so ridiculous. It worked, a little. I also tried aerial yoga with my sister and her roommates and it was pretty incredible.
Keep in mind this isn’t typical, I normally have a lot more, I just had a lot of trouble finding the appetite to cook or eat from the stress.
Coconut, almond, chocolate smoothie with protein powder
Arugula, tomatoes, red cabbage, avocado, sunflower seeds, 1/4 sweet potato and 2 fried eggs
- How do you deal with stress?
- Does stress ever affect your appetite?