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Even though the holidays are supposed to be happy and cheerful, for many people the months of November and December are filled with stress. Too much to do, too much food, not enough money, emotional family gatherings, etc. etc. When we’re stressed, our serotonin levels can drop, which can lead to increased cravings for carbs. In addition, cortisol levels may also rise, which unfortunately can lead to increased fat storage. Too many carbs can also lead to fluctuations in blood sugar, which can affect mood and energy levels. For help with YOUR holiday stress, consider a mind-body session with Karen Donaldson. You’ll learn easy and practical ways to calm your emotions and bring more peace to your life. More peace with life means more peace with food – and less overeating! Call today and give yourself the amazing gift of peace. New client mind-body sessions are 25% off now through Dec. 21st. Call 233-0593 to schedule.
Epigenetics is the exciting new field that helps us understand how any environmental cue – a person, place, thing, or thought – can influene how are genes are expressed. For example, if your day involves engaging in the fight-or-flight mode by having an argument with your child, running out the door without breakfast, dealing with grumpy coworkders, or spending hours sitting chained to a comptuter, your levels of stress hormones that can trigger fat storage and cravings can escalate. To tranquilize the pain of this chronic stress, we often reach for food – especially carbs – that can raise our “feel good” brain chemicals. We do end up feeling better, but unfortunately we’re teaching our brains – and our genes – to keep this cycle going. While we can’t always get rid of our stressors (as much as we’d like to!), we CAN change the way our bodies responds with some amazing mind-body techniques. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 27 for our Mindful Body Weight Loss Workshop to learn how to lower your cortisol levels – without drugs! We’ll also be covering this topic in our Fit Families class which starts on Wednesday, Oct 17. Call 233-0593 for more info.