Thursday, April 7, 2011

All tied up like BOB? Do you need "death therapy"?

There are two major types of stress: 
Major life-events 
 daily life stress

Emotionally "Tied up" with Stress
The Psychiatrist (Richard Dryfuss) who "tied" up his problem for freedom
the Patient (Bill Murray) who "untied" himself from his problems and found freedom"
BA B Y step Funny"

Both types of stress, Major Life Events and Daily LIfe Stressors
 can cause weight gain, however, the daily life stressors tends to  cause the most
  weight gain due to chronically raising a person's cortisol levels.

In the OLD DAY'S  our stress response was PHYSICAL 
we would run or fight when dealing with stress.  
TODAY, we "simply stew in our own stress juices"

yet even today.... YOU CAN....

You can run = Physical activity!!!! 
You can fight = Spiritual warfare! 
You can  fight = Mentally use positive perspective to frame it

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, 
And do not lean on your own understanding. 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
And He will make your paths straight
Trusting God in the mist of the mysteries of life 
will reduce stress/anxiety
(Trusting GOD is what you do 
when you don't get an answer to why something happened or didn't happen that you asked for 

Exercising your faith is when you 

Trust God to meet A L L your needs

instead of a quart of Hagen daz Ice Cream

Back to what Happpens Physically when we are Stressed:

When cortisol and adrenaline levels are chronically elevated, this causes stored sugar 

(glycogen) to be released from the muscles and liver into the blood stream.  
It also causes the release of fat into the blood stream to be used as energy. 
Instead of burning sugars and fats we actually release more insulin, 
which causes even more fat to be stored.

Chronic stress raises cortisol, which then raises insulin levels.
Chronically elevated cortisol levels make your body less sensitive to leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you are full.  These high cortisol levels also stimulate the appetite, making you extremely hungry,  At the same time, cortisol promotes the release of neuropeptide Y, a chemical in the brain that triggers the body to crave carbohydrates.

 The elevated insulin levels then program the body to store fat... mostly in the abdominal area- which is the hardest fat to lose.
Excerpts from : Dr. Colbert's "I can do this" diet

Which came first the Chicken or the egg?

  Have you ever heard that depression is
nothing less than 

ANGER turned inward?   

This is why it's reported that 80% of diets are NOT successful in the long haul  
They fail to address the individual needs of a person with a weight problem.  
Stress can lead to Depression: 
Stress:  causes a chemical imbalance in your brain
Depression: Results from a chemical imbalance in your brain

Exercise,  Good Nutritional Choices, Controlling Negative thoughts and having a Healthy Spiritual walk are essential in the  prevention and treatment of depression!

According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the main symptoms and signs of depression are the following:
  • persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • restlessness, irritability
  • persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such asheadaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

I say it's all about BALANCE...

The problem almost always has a multi root system

Stop treating just the symptom(s)

Pull out the weed by the roots! 

Stress happens, and is difficult to avoid events and situations
     It's sometime difficult to get to the roots (It may need God's intervention)

 However,  (allora)    SEEK BALANCE:

  • Physically, if you are in good shape   you'll be better prepared to handle stress without long term collateral damage.  It takes good nutrition/Vitamins and Minerals and and routine exercise to be properly cope with stresses in our life (hint: Take B vitamins to fortify your body against stress)

  • Mentally, if you are  in good shape, you'll respond to the stress in your life with the ability to  sort though it, put it in perspective... develop a plan to work with it and through it.

  • Spiritually, if you are in good shape, you'll face stress with hope, faith and strength in your belief that you have a higher power to direct, guide and assist you in those times. 
(conceptual approach to "being in shape" to handle stress)

Next time you looking for something to eat, and your not really hungry.... (mindless eating)      STOP and ask yourself.... "what am I trying to fill?"  My mouth or  My soul?
"What am I really seeking?"

That's why I say... when your seeking mindless eating (especially at night) STOP and do 25 jumping jacks (or something similar)...  the exercise WILL  alter your state of being and you'll gain control over your choices.

HERE is a little Story:
Once a student  in a CPR class I was teaching, identified that they had every risk factor for "heart disease" (stress is one of the many risk factors) ... the  student asked me  "if I have all the risk factors for a heart attack, what chance do I have.... I might as well have fun and forget about it". 

I   explained  that although you have all

the risk factors for heart disease, 

if you eat "healthy"  and "exercise" 

you will increase your chances of surviving a heart attack.

"I try to eat healthy.
I never sprinkle salt on ice cream,
I only eat decaffeinated pizza and my beer is 100% fat-free"

              You can fool yourself, 
You can try to fool your Doctor, 
But  your body will rat you out!

There are MANY reasons why you may be unhealthy.....  but I believe there is only ONE answer ....

Physically, Mentally and Spiritually

Arrivederci and Salute! To your Health and Wellness