MANday Week 12 Is Stress Eating You?Posted: July 20, 2012
Stress is what happens to the body when the mind stops it from beating the hell out of some ass that richly deserves it.
Picture that for a second and feel the energy bouncing around that body. What do you do when you feel that angry?
Last night I got a phone call that whacked me out and I went straight for the chocolate chip cookies. Not good for a guy who’s not exercising and getting ready for a MANday photo! But the obvious alternative isn’t socially acceptable.
Today I’m thinking about the link between stress management and diet. Two people come to mind. One lost someone close to him and then gained an unhealthy amount of weight. The other eats whenever something bothers him. Both people are at risk for all sorts of problems and will probably die earlier than someone who exercises and eats a healthy diet.
Why did this happen?
Probably because junk food is really soothing and for some reason it makes difficult emotions more bearable. Women seem to become aware of this in high school, but for men it is more subtle.
When I moved into a place where I couldn’t store chocolate ice cream, I found myself driving to a little take out place for a hot fudge sundae whenever I was really stressed. I have no idea how long I’ve been doing this, but my guess is it has been decades.
The cycle isn’t a good one. I get stressed. I eat junk. I gain weight.
What if when something bothered me I did a few pushups instead of eating a cookie?
I wonder if I’d feel better and be better able to deal with other stresses that come along. It seems to me like pushups are a better way to burn off that anger and frustration than eating chocolate. Maybe I’ll get past the annoyance faster that way.
For the next week, I am going to try and substitute pushups for cookies when I’m annoyed and see what happens. Want to try it with me? You know you do.