Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Weight Gain and Stress

I realize relaxing 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 living life consistently at a high-stress level not only is it harmful to your health, it’s harmful to your waistline. When you are constantly under stress, hormone levels, like cortisol and insulin are elevated. The elevation of these two 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.” –

Constant stress will take its toll. If you are doing everything right as far as diet and exercise but you’re stressed out every day, you’re most likely not going to see or feel the results you want.

You can start reducing your stress right now by trying some of my tips. Some of my tools for relaxing are herbal tea, and my favorite blend is a combination of chamomile, lemon balm, lavender buds and a hint of spearmint; holy basil essential oil or lavender essential oil (I make a spray and mist around me and my space - I find it calming); laughing (watch funny movies or shows - the older series from the 80's are great ); and walking. But my favorite relaxing tool is sitting in my yard, facing my garden and drinking a cup of tea in one of my favorite china teacups - simple but effective. 

If you want to know how to make the tea (measurements) or how to make the spray - message me on Facebook and I’ll tell you!

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

Yours in health,

Coach Mariluz

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