Stress About Treats
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Last night, Chris and I went to see the movie Friends with Benefits
I must say, I really enjoyed this movie. Of course, it was predictable because it’s a chick flick…but it was really entertaining. I actually through JT did a good job acting! Chris even liked it…so that’s saying something for a chick flick :).
This morning I woke up with the world’s sorest (is that a word? haha) calves. I swear to god, they haven’t been this tight and sore in as long as I can remember. I guess all the stair running I did yesterday really worked my lower legs! I didn’t go too hard at the gym today, I ran a couple miles on the treadmill and then did 25 minutes on the elliptical.
Stress About Treats
A couple days ago I bought the new Shape magazine.
While reading the Rosario Dawson article, something that she said really stuck out to me:
“When she wants a glass of wine or dessert, no problem. ‘The stress you put yourself through for having a treat is probably a thousand times worse for you than the sugar you just had.'”
I think Rosario is so right. Remember two weeks ago when I was feeling guilty about my indulgences in Florida and having negative body image thoughts? Well, I could have used Miss Dawson’s thinking to snap myself out of it. In reality, I knew that I really didn’t need to be worrying about having some desserts and not exercising. But, I still felt bad about it and I did stress myself out a bit.
I know I’m not the only one that goes through times where we feel so guilty about eating or drinking something “bad” for us…but I’m realizing the importance of recognizing the stress we are putting ourselves through when doing that. Yes, that treat may have lots of calories and sugar and what not, but stress can be really bad for our bodies.
I’m sure we’ve all read about ways that stress can impact us, but here are some reminders:
- In the short-term – our immune systems are suppressed; body’s ability to repair itself slows down; metabolism slows down; headaches, dizziness, muscle tension, insomnia, fatigue, and anxiety are all possible
- In the long-term – rapid aging is promoted; weight gain is more likely; risk of getting osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and digestive problems increases
I know that my negative thinking DID stress me out and put me in a poor mood for a couple days. What is the point in doing that? There isn’t a point. Period. Thankfully my stress was only short-lived. But even then, my body going into a fight or flight response probably slowed down my metabolism- meaning that those treats were taking longer to “burn off” than if I had just accepted that I indulged a little and moved on with my life.
Can you imagine how stressed people are that worry ALL THE TIME about eating “bad” for you foods…or any foods they deem scary? The stress they are putting their minds and bodies through is probably wreaking havoc on them.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that idea with you guys! I think it’s important for all of us to remember that if we are healthy most of the time, indulging in treats here and there won’t do us any harm. The world we live in is stressful enough as it is…why should we stress out about something that small and insignificant?
What do you think about stress that occurs after treating yourself?