This photo from Lesley Voth’s website grabbed my attention. Her Love & Fear post is a compelling explanation about the damage prolonged stress can have on our bodies. She explains why people who are stressed out and profoundly unhappy tend to pack on the pounds:
Long-term stress or fear produces Cortisol. Cortisol has a different effect on the body than adrenaline. Cortisol is more detrimental to the body. Cortisol begins to break down non-essential organs and tissues to keep blood sugars available to feed vital organs. Chronic production of Cortisol at high levels (long periods of stress) begins to digest bones, muscles and joints to get these essential nutrients.
What happens in this case is blood fats and sugar become elevated. This is a cause of many disorders; one of them is reaching for high-calorie foods.
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Ms. Voth has also written an intriguing book: Simply Fantastic: Living Better on Less. She claims to have 518 tips for slashing living expenses.