1 in 4 Canadians will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Feeling anxiety, or fear, is a normal part of our physiology but it becomes a problem when anxiety interferes with relationships, the ability to go to work or school, and other aspects of daily life.
We have all been there – a stressful day at work, a bad breakup or a frustrating argument with a friend. All of a sudden it seems we want to indulge in all the foods we try our best to avoid – ice cream, chocolate, pizza. The craving for sugar and fats seems to be one of the many responses to elevated levels of cortisol in our body.
We are told to get 8 hours of sleep a night each night. Also to drink 8 glasses of water, while we put it 8 hours of work every day, eat 3 meals a day and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Did we just randomly choose these numbers, or is there science behind it?
Sugar addiction is very real, and with sugar being added to most food products, it is becoming nearly impossible to avoid. The numbers are alarming - on average Canadians consume 110g of sugar per person each day, and children aged 1-3 derive 27% of their calories from sugar! (Statistics Canada). Sugar and high glycemic foods trigger your brains pleasure centre, which makes you feel good and drive you to seek more of that feeling.
The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and indulge in some holiday cheer, but it can also be the time we put on a few extra pounds.
The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the average holiday weight gain is 1 pound, and 5 pounds for people that are already overweight. This doesn’t seem like much but unfortunately, we don’t end up losing that weight later in the year, so the pounds can start to stack up.