Friday, August 29, 2014


I realize this is not always an easy thing to do. Most of us are juggling way too much and going through the day at warp speed, trying to get more and more done. By having a high stress level, not only is it harmful to your health, it’s harmful to your waistline as well. When you are constantly under stress, hormone levels, like cortisol and insulin are elevated. The elevation of these 2 hormones can sabotage your weight loss efforts and actually cause weight gain.

“Feeling stressed can create a wide variety of physiological changes, such as impairing digestion, excretion of valuable nutrients, decreasing beneficial gut flora populations, decreasing your metabolism, and raising triglycerides, cholesterol, insulin, and cortisol levels.” –

So, while you may think you can “handle it” as far as your stress level goes, we aren’t meant to be under constant stress and it takes its toll. If you are doing everything right as far as diet and exercise but you’re under stress every day, you’re not going to see or feel the results you want.

Some of my tools to reduce stress are: herbal tea (chamomile, lemon balm, lavender buds and a hint of spearmint), holy basil essential oil (I make a spray and spray around me-I find it calming), laughing (watch funny movies), and walking. I have more tricks. If you want to know how to make the tea (measurements) or how to make the spray - email me at and I’ll tell you!

What are some ways you can reduce your stress level? Is there something you can start with this week? 

Health Coach Mariluz

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