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Stress Eating

By February 26, 2013February 21st, 2017Uncategorized

 Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria! My husband and I (and our 3 boys mostly) have been eating sugar free and gluten free since July 29. My husband landed in the hospital thinking he was having a heart attack and it was just a severe acid reflux attack. The doctor pretty much told him that he would be on Prilosec for the rest of his life. That could NOT be right! I came home and researched and changed his diet. Anytime he has had wheat, he has a flare up. So now we are gluten free. I have always cooked from scratch and used organic ingredients as much as possible but had some trouble dropping weight since my 3rd boy was born 8 years ago. I have tried and been very diligent.

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Since eating this way, My hubby has been off the Prilosec and has dropped 38 pounds. I have dropped 24 pounds and gone from a tight 16 to an 8. I still have some more to lose but the benefits beyond weight loss are amazing.

My 16 year old son had severe acne and now he only gets the occasional blemish. My chunky 12 year old son is in a smaller size pants than last year! No longer a “husky”! My 8 year old is a different kid. We had never done HFCS or food dyes or processed foods but, cutting out even “natural” sugar has been amazing for his behavior. -Kristi”

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Do you often have to have office lunch meetings? Do you notice you get indigestion or diarrhea after a stressful eating situation? While under stress, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure rises, and blood is forced away from your digestive system, and moved to your legs, arms and head for quick thinking. There can be as much as 4 times less blood flow to your digestive system, which means your body cannot burn those calories as effectively and causes a sluggish metabolism.

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In that state, proper digestion entirely shuts down. The issue with eating while your body is under stress is that you could be eating the most nutritious food in the world, however you won’t be able to properly digest and absorb those nutrients because there is a decreased enzymatic output in your intestines which can be as much as 20,000-fold.

During stressful situations, triglycerides and cholesterol also increase, while your healthy gut bacteria decrease. So you’re more susceptible to indigestion, acid reflux, or heartburn.Stress Eating

It is also to note that when your body is under the stress, cortisol, as well as insulin levels rise. Weight loss and health are all about hormone manipulation. When cortisol is consistently raised , you often have difficulty losing weight or building muscle.

If cortisol is frequently elevated, belly fat is a common external sign. What is scary about the belly fat is that this is known as visceral fat (the fat that collects around your internal organs and midsection), and we now know that this is a main contributing influence to increasing diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

My suggestion: keep the meetings at work and enjoy a little peaceful break for lunch. Also, try not to eat while stressed after an argument; instead try yoga for exercise, the blood flow is going to your extremities anyway!

To read more tips and tricks to keep your body healthy, check out my book Keto-Adapted.

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Thank you all for your love and support!

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • tonia says:

    Hi maria!

    Love your blog and advice! Are there any supplements that help lower cortisol?


    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks! Yes, there are some options. Both food and supplements can help. I would have to do a health assessment to know what would be right for your situation. 🙂

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