Stress and Obesity
You would think all of the things we have now to make our lives easier would relieve stress. The link between Stress and Obesity should be a thing of the past. We have smart phones after all. But, trying to get them to work and them constantly going off with twitter, facebook, e-mail, text message alerts and phone calls, the pace of life, it just adds more stress into an already stressful world. Add on top of that the hectic work schedule and the possibility of getting laid off, rising gas and food prices, discontent everywhere and if you own your own business, wondering if you should get a second mortgage to make payroll or the possibility of decreasing pay rates for your employees or laying people off and you have a recipe for stress (that was a crazy run on sentence, wasn’t it?). We haven’t even started talking about kids and trying to hold a marriage together through all of this. It all adds up to a nasty brew of stress. I remember a time in my life when I really only got relief when I went to bed. It became my favorite time of the day. I also, on top of all that, had investment properties I had bought at the top of the market and property values were plummeting. My tenants, who were lease to own tenants, decided they could live in a double wide cheaper than paying me $1300 to $1400 a month. So, I had vacant properties I was paying those high mortgages on, and I also had Adjustable Rate Mortgages on them that were about to hit and drive my payments even higher. Oh my goodness I was stressed to the max. I still have 3 high end properties still. I have gotten half of one of my rents and today is the 16th. I’ve been promised the money from my other tenants but who knows when/if it will come in. I may likely have to file evictions soon. When you take all of that and put it together with someone who is an emotional eater, you have a recipe for disaster. It is called Stress and Obesity. There are a lot of people out there who go through life holding things in and never dealing with childhood issues and Stress and Obesity are just a way of life. When junk food is so available and tastes so good and can give a bit of comfort, it is easy to drop into a pattern that is extremely unhealthy.
Of adults who rate their health as fair or poor, well over half rate their current emotional condition as stressed. Stress and Obesity has sucked them in. Our lifestyle has a lot to do with it. There are also things we go through early in life than can stick with us through our adult lives. For instance, my Father never told me he was proud of me and I rarely did anything right in his eyes. Both of my parents grew up in the depression era and were of the generation where they never told me they loved me. I remember a friend asking me one time what they said when they tucked me in at night. I said…”tucked me in?” My parents never tucked me in. All of that added up and likely contributes to me being an emotional eater. I like to eat. I like good food. I like to taste it and I love the feeling I get when I’m full. Let’s face it, it just makes me feel good. So, when I get stressed, my go to thing growing up was junk food. Even now, if I’m not very careful, I can easily fall back into that trap. But, I have had to realize there are things I can do to combat Stress and Obesity and have healthier habits.
Breaking free from the Stress and Obesity trap
Stress and Obesity can get linked simply by falling back into old habits and running for junk food for comfort. If you are dealing with emotional problems from childhood, or a failing marriage, or children that are being very unruly, you may want to seek professional help. If it is something you can work through, you just may need to change a few habits on your own. My first step wasn’t changing what I ate. I had done the fad diets and crazy stuff out there. It just resulted in yo yo dieting that caused me to lose weight in the form of muscle and fat and when I gained it back, I gained back all fat. I first started by exercising. I found P90X and I started working out. I was sore, but I found out that while I was working out, I didn’t think about all of the other stressful things in my life. I had an hour or so to my own where I could just focus on me. As I got into a habit of working out, I found out I began to eat better, just because I was working out hard. It’s amazing. When I workout hard, I eat better. When I don’t workout hard, I eat like CRAP. It’s amazing how that works. Now, instead of reaching for the M&Ms, I go for the almonds. Instead of a cupcake, I eat a protein bar. Instead of a soda, I drink water. Eating right and getting your body into a good nutritional balance will help your stress levels also. Your problems won’t go away, but you will feel better about yourself and life will become more balanced as you get physically stronger and eat better. It’s amazing. People think, I will get in shape when I get my life straight, but the truth is, your life will get straight as you get in better shape. There will never be a perfect time to workout. you have to make time. So, my suggestion is, drink Shakeology at least once a day and start working out. You don’t have to join a gym, you can workout at home with a Beachbody Program. The main thing is do something. You can do it and I can help you. Contact me for more information!!! I will help you break the Stress and Obesity cycle!!