Emotions can steer us towards eating a bag of potato chips or wanting nothing but the sweetest sugary treat. My emotions for the past 21 weeks have been comparable to the world’s fastest and steepest roller coaster. Pregnancy, stress, family health problems and sleepless nights have sent my emotions through the roof. One minute I am crying like a baby and the next I could be angry and frustrated. Dr. Oz says that studies have shown if our cravings are driven to particular categories of foods, it could be driven by our emotional state.
You: On a Diet explains if you crave meat, you could be angry. If you want sugar, depression could be the root cause. Having a hankering for ice cream could mean you are anxious and stress can cause you to want salty foods. Studies have shown that your adrenal glands can send signals that you want salty foods. The book goes on to explain even more cravings and how emotions can play a role.
Before I went to sleep last night I read chapter 6 in You: Having a Baby and read all about pregnancy and stress. Despite my daily emotional bombardments, I need to slow my mind down and breathe. I need to take a walk and push my focus towards the beauty around me as all of the leaves are changing colors. I need to be intentional to reduce my internal stress for my own health and my baby's health.
I am going to try to be more conscious of “mood foods” and deal directly with my heightened emotions. I can be more in control of how foods can affect my cravings if I pay more attention to why and how I am feeling at any particular moment. Even though I am riding a roller coaster some days, I can still be in control of how foods affect me instead of allowing foods to control me. I am exhaling deeply right now and inhaling slowly and it is amazing how that simple act of breathing can slow down my coaster ride.