It's not your imagination — stress really can pack on the pounds. How many times have you put your foot in your mouth? Well, in this case, it's food in your mouth. Do you spoon peanut butter out of the jar after you get your Visa bill? Do you fantasize about a Snickers bar after a dress-down by your boss?
It's not that you're a lost cause. Stressful situations can create cravings for carbohydrate-rich snack foods, not simply because they taste good, but because they also calm the stress hormones adrenaline and CRH (corticotrophin-releasing hormone) cortisol. Eating makes us feel good, and certain foods, that are nutritionally barren and made up of mostly sugar, like desserts and simple carbohydrates, affect brain chemicals to improve mood. It's not usually a particular food you want, but rather the feeling of comfort and pleasure that food provides. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.
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