If you’re one of the many American women putting in overtime at work and resorting to chocolate to handle the stress of work-life balance (maybe that’s just me), then look no further for help.
The Anxiety Summit, a virtual gathering featuring interviews with mental health and nutrition experts, includes an online interview with Margaret Floyd, a nutritional therapist and author of “Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted, and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You.”
Her interview focuses on comfort food, sugar, and how it all affects our mood. It's called “Comfort food or sweet misery? How sugar controls your mood and how to get it out of your diet.” Here is her profile on the summit’s website.
Also, make sure to read my first article on two anxiety summits here for more details on pricing and times/dates of presentations for the Anxiety Summit and the Beat Anxiety Now World Online Summit.
In Floyd’s interview, she emphasizes that sugar is in almost all foods that we consume now, even though our bodies are not fully adapted to it.
“One of our body’s main priorities is to maintain a steady level of blood sugar, and it’s a fairly narrow range,” she said. “Anything too high or too low outside of ... the blood sugar happy zone ... is a state of emergency for our body.”
She suggests that even that small bag of M&M's we might be giving ourselves as a reward for a job well done is actually quite harmful.
“That innocuous little dessert that we think we’re having ... is actually going to put our body into a state of emergency,” Floyd said. “It’s going to give us that sugar high, which might feel kind of good, but from a biochemical level it’s actually very taxing on the system.”
Eventually there is a blood sugar crash, which is a mood drainer.
“When we have these crashes on a regular basis, we’re really depleting our bodies, and that affects every single system,” she said.