Your boss. Your family. Finances. Death of a loved one. Deadlines. Marriage struggles. Sickness. 1000 emails. Traffic.
Did it stress you out just reading some of those words or phrases?? Stress is inevitable, but it's also why you can't and won't lose weight. No matter how healthy you eat or how hard you work out, if you have a pretty stressful life, I can pretty much guarantee you won't lose weight. Your attempt at Paleo and a gym membership may not be the final answer. I know that's frustrating for many people who think they've finally found the perfect routine.
I want to break down in layman's terms why your body isn't absorbing that healthy food nor responding to those workouts, so you'll better understand how one simple change may help you achieve your health goals (and help you feel more in control of the crazy in your life).
Our bodies were intricately formed and are capable of accomplishing so much due to all the complex systems at work. One of those complex systems is in our gut. The digestive system is where it all starts, so naturally, this is going to have a massive effect on every other system in your body - all the way up to your brain.
Digestive stress is about 25% what we eat and 75% who we are being when we eat. You could be eating a salad for lunch, but if you're eating it while gossiping about coworkers, it's destroying your metabolism and creating digestive upset. This is all due to the stress hormone, cortisol.