We’ve all been there: You didn’t get enough sleep last night, and you are tired and cranky. You yelled at your spouse or kids. Your stomach hurts. It’s a bad day.
Most of us run to the greasiest or sweetest food we can find to soothe us – a burger and fries, ice cream, the whole bag of cookies, too much wine, a grande frappucino-macchiato-1,000 calorie drink, or a smorgasbord of all of the above.
We can’t help it, right? We make poor health choices when we are feeling off. We crave the quick “party-in-our-mouth” fix, because we think we deserve it. We feel like it will help us cope.
What we don’t often realize is that food fuels not only our bodies, but it creates our thoughts and our emotions. The food we eat comprises our blood, which then makes up our cells. When we are stressed or angry, our body is already in a chaotic state. If we pump it up with more chaotic food (lots of grease, lots of sugar, etc), how do we think the body will react?
In my case, I used to indulge in too much sugar when I was stressed. I thought I deserved a sweet treat, that it would make me feel better. While it was tasty, it would also give me these side effects: