How to Stress Less Pumps more fat and inﬂammatory chemicals into the liver, which… This Holiday Creates a resistance to insulin, which… Makes your pancreas secrete more insulin to compensate, which… W Makes you hungrier than a muzzled wolf, which… hat I’m going to Continues the cycle of eating, because you’re tell you is not stressed and being stressed because you’re eating. meant to ruin Many of us have idealized mental pictures of your holidays. stress-free, family-ﬁlled, joyful holidays. But so In fact, I hope many things can get in the way: family personality you have the differences, too many commitments, not enough happiest, money, not enough time, and just plain exhaustion. healthiest Drs. Roizen and Oz give us 75 pointers on holidays ever! managing stress. They discuss lifestyle basics But your such as getting enough sleep, exercising, eating prospects for right, and coping with the people and situations in long-term our lives. happiness and The stress buster they point to again and again health might be is taking responsibility: we should live our lives better if you keep these two surprising things in mind. consciously, we should think things through, choose According to David Niven in The 100 Simple Secrets of the best alternatives, and then take action. That Healthy People: way, we’re not caught off guard, we’re not as The average American gains seven to ten pounds stressed, and our actions usually achieve better between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according results. to exercise physiologists at Pennsylvania State Roizen and Oz apply this “stress less” approach to University. food. When it comes to food choices for combating Surveys show that anxiety levels are 55 percent greater stress, even though they are not vegetarian or over the holidays than at any other time of the year, vegan, their approach to nutrition is similar to which encourages stress eating. vegan. They see food as nature’s In You Stress Less Drs. Michael best medicine, especially when it Roizen and Mehmet Oz explain comes to maintaining energy exactly how stress can make you levels. Practicing healthy eating fat. Stress triggers an ancient habits (lean protein, healthy response of calorie accumulation carbohydrates and healthy fats) and fat storage. This enlarges keep the body in balance; classic your omentum(the fat-storing stress eating – high fat, reﬁned organ near your stomach). The carbohydrates – make the stress vicious cycle of stress, eating and worse. Their advice: eat high- weight gain begins: quality protein and lots of fruits, When you have chronic stress, vegetables, and 100% whole your body increases its grains. production of steroids and insulin, If we can keep these things in which… mind (at least some of the time), Increases your appetite, which… we might be less stressed, have Increases the chance you’ll engage in hedonistic eating in the form of high-calorie sweets and According to David fats, which… Makes you store more fat, Niven in The 100 Simple especially in the omentum, Secrets of Healthy which… People more fun, and not be paying for this year’s holidays with extra weight next year! One great thing you could do for yourself is to check out Claire Gosse’s Vegan Flush. It is a gentle, healthy cleanse that will leave your body and your mind healthier and less stressed. You might want to do it after Thanksgiving. It will help you through the rest of the holidays. Or think about it as a fantastic way to start the New Year. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends.