Just being alive in America today is a stressful endeavor. With high levels of unemployment, the competition for jobs is intense. Young professionals have trouble leaving home. Retirement funds are being raided to cover living expenses. The stock market is a roller coaster. Expenses are on the rise and salaries are stagnant… if you have a job. Our roads are congested with high-density living… Just reading that makes me anxious. Pass me a cookie!
What is your comfort “go-to”? French fries? Ice Cream? Fried Chicken? Mashed potatoes smothered in gravy? Who doesn’t need a little gentle care and feeding in our “always on” environment? Every now and then, you have got to give yourself some love and care. Right?
In our current environment, a large portion of society remains on continual high alert, both in terms of mind and body. One outcome of chronic stress is that our bodies produce excess levels of cortisol. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is one factor that leads us to consume comfort foods high in sugar, fat and fat. The more we eat of those types of foods, the more we want. Fat is then deposited around your torso and around your organs, increasing your risk of cardio-vascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and others.