I haven’t written a blog for a month but I am back now with a new topic – How our mood can effect our diets, mainly focusing on stress and anxiety.
Whatever life we lead, we will at some point suffer from stress. This effects peoples diets in one of two ways:
- You comfort eat or eat your pain away. When taken to the extreme this is classified as an eating disorder and actually a psychiatric condition.
- You don’t eat or under eat. Anorexia is the extreme in this case and a well known eating disorder.
Both 1 and 2 have serious effects on your diet whether they are extreme cases or not. Most people would assume that 1 is far worse than 2 (when thinking about your weight) but that is not necessarily true.
When you are in a good mood you often feel motivated and unstoppable. The more you do the more you can do. You see results, you’re excited to get back to the gym and push yourself. It is a positive cycle, you push yourself to do good and so you achieve good.
When you are in a bad mood you need to try and stop the negative cycle. The less you do, the less you can do. A week eating badly has a knock on effect and the impact can last a lot longer than anticipated.
We all have unique lives and at some point we may all suffer from one of the below:
- Relationship problems – breakup, divorce, arguments
- Money worries
- Work stress
- Family problems
My personal experience:
When very stressed I can get so absorbed and involved with the issue at hand that I actually forget to eat. As I have trained myself to work out at least 4 times a week and it is now habit but this means I have to be very careful. You should not go to the gym if you are not eating properly. It can be very dangerous causing muscle waste and can lead to weakness and passing out. The immediate effect will be that you loose weight and for some this might seem like a quick way to achieve your goal. Please take note that this will not last, you will not be able to exercise properly, in the long term it is not realistic, you will be skinny but not fit and most likely in a few weeks time over eat to compensate having the opposite effect.
This is why it is so important to focus on health instead of the focus being vanity – looks and weight loss. What is the point of looking fantastic if you don’t feel fantastic. To be honest this isn’t really possible anyway as when you loose weight in the wrong way you often look ill, your skin suffers, you are not toned and look gaunt in the face and I am certain this is no ones goal.
Try and use these difficult times and turn them into something positive. Remember god will only put you in situations that you can handle and they are there to make you stronger. If you are eating properly you can release the stress in the gym and turn those negative feelings into positive ones as when you work out you release endorphins (feel good hormones). Whenever I am down I head to the gym, have a really intense session and often feel great afterwards. I use the gym as a place of therapy and happiness.
Whatever is consuming you don’t let it get in the way of your goals, it simply isn’t worth it.
Just chill like this cat 😉
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