Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten shares why women consume fattening food more often when they are stressed.
The story starts about 5,000 years ago in India when the original yogis called Rishis were meditating in the dense forests in India, and they discovered by using their own mind-body, they did not separate the mind and body. To meditate, they discovered if they ate certain foods it would keep them calm and relaxed, and other foods would keep them, not stimulated, but alert.
Well, if you flash forward now to the 1970s in America at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drs. Richard and Judith Wurtman took some rats and they put them in a maze and they fed them dense carbohydrate foods, specifically sugar and also potato, and they found out about 20 minutes after consuming these dense-carb foods, that they released a natural hormone that we all have called serotonin which calms and relaxes you.
So when you eat carrot cake, you are taking in the white flour, which is a dense carbohydrate and you are having lots of sugar, which is a dense carbohydrate, and you are therefore getting that serotonin hit, and you are just not going to get it from a carrot.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.