How To Stress Less This Holiday

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					    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…

                                                          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.
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