Today was a very “stressful” day. I woke at 3:30am and was at work by 5:15am and I didn’t rest until…well…just now, at 10pm. In the past, after a very long and stressful day I would often eat a “feel good” dinner and pop open a bottle of white wine or bubbly. It was my reward for getting through a rough day. I thought it made me feel better, and it may have in the few first bites and sips, but the next morning I always felt worse. I was more tired and I could feel my body suffering from poor food choices and the consumption of alcohol.
Not only did this type of eating cause me to gain weight, but I now realize that it actually contributed to me feeling stress in the first place. Here’s an article on the subject of bad eating habits increasing one’s stress level:
Just after two weeks of eating 100% Paleo, I can literally feel my stress levels reducing by great margins. I don’t have the urge to eat some quick-fix, unhealthy, comfort food or pour a glass of wine to unwind. I have more of an urge to eat health and give my body what it need to repair itself. I feel calmer and more in balance. It really is simple; if your food is out of whack, so will your body. “Garbage in, garbage out” as they say.