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Don’t Stress Over Food

shutterstock_125612351What to eat, what not to eat? Do you find yourself feeling stressed about what you should or shouldn’t be eating? Most diets are restrictive in terms of the type and amount of food you should eat. Constantly trying to figure out what to eat can add stress to your already busy life.

Many diets offer prepared meals but that can get expensive. Then there are recipes and food selections, but still, these can also take a lot of planning and forethought. One of the reasons people have trouble sticking to a new diet is because it’s too stressful making all those new changes. Buying and preparing food differently, eating differently, and being prepared for those situations when you need to eat on the run or your choices are limited.

Stress Increases Fat Storage

The sad thing is that too much stress can actually cause you to gain weight even if you maintain a perfect diet. When you are under stress your body produces more cortisol, which is a hormone that is meant to help us survive short periods of stress by temporarily raising blood pressure and blood sugar. However, when stress is a constant factor in your life, a chronically elevated cortisol level is damaging.

Some of the problems associated with too much cortisol include:

  • Bone loss
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Fat deposits on the face, neck, and belly
  • High blood sugar
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced libido
  • Suppressed immunity

So adding dietary changes to your list of stress triggers is  more likely to increase the bulge around the middle, even when you’re doing everything else right.

Eating is meant to be joyful and satisfying

From the moment we are born eating is a social event, and until we can buy and prepare our own meals we have to rely on someone else for food. Food has three purposes; nutrition for the body, pleasure, and nurturing bonds with others. With food being this important to your life it’s natural that dietary changes can trigger emotional reactions.

Everyone is an emotional eater because food is inseparable from emotions. When you eat something delicious you feel happy, when you eat a nutritious meal you feel satisfied, and when you are hungry you feel cranky. Early life experiences around food can also complicate your emotional reactions later on. So feeling irritable or frustrated on a new diet is not unusual, but figuring out how to manage these emotional issues may be a key factor to your success.

Using SUGARDOWN® can minimize stress

Adding  SUGARDOWN to your dietary plan can reduce some of the stress related to food choices. When you are at home you have the most control over what you eat; but at work, on the run, or at social events your diet may be challenged. Chewing 1 or 2 SUGARDOWN tablets before eating high carb foods reduces both the amount of carbs and calories your body has to deal with.

Using SUGARDOWN regularly can also help you make a gradual change toward a lower carb and lower calorie diet. SUGARDOWN provides fiber that helps you feel full faster, which increases your ability to reduce portion size. Because SUGARDOWN blocks up to 40% of carbs from being digested your body will naturally adjust to a lower carb intake and this can help to reduce cravings.

So you don’t have to complicate your life with food stress, and you don’t have to give up on your diet either. SUGARDOWN can help you achieve the balance between eating for pleasure and eating for better health.