Let's talk about how holiday stress can impact your hormones and contribute to weight gain, and of course, explore some solutions to keep your hormone health in check!
The Stress-Hormone Connection: Cortisol and Weight Gain
Meet cortisol, your body's primary stress hormone. When stress levels spike, so does cortisol. This can lead to increased appetite, cravings for sugary and high-fat foods, and the storage of abdominal fat. The holiday season, with all its joys and demands, can sometimes tip the cortisol scales, potentially perpetuating weight gain.
Disrupted Sugar Regulation
Holiday treats are delightful, but they can also disrupt your body's sugar regulation. Stress, combined with sugary indulgences, can lead to spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. This rollercoaster can leave you feeling fatigued, irritable, and more prone to reaching for quick energy fixes—often in the form of more sugary treats.
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Stress also causes a rise in blood sugar. Because of this, our bodies sense danger and prepare us to run because of our natural fight-or-flight response. Regulating your nervous system by avoiding high stress helps with blood sugar stability and will decrease cravings
Tips for Managing Holiday Stress and Hormones
While the holidays bring joy, they can also bring stress. By understanding the impact of stress on hormones and weight, and by incorporating hormone-supportive practices, you can navigate the holiday season with balance and well-being in mind.
Remember, your well-being is a gift to cherish.