Cravings, Sleep, and Stress

Hello, all of you awesome and rad people.

So, today I am dragging and so, so crave-y (I’ve had to pull my hand back from the candy jar a couple of times already, reminding myself that although I’m not on a Whole30, I’m on a Whole30 Reset and candy still isn’t a good idea right now). And I think I know the culprit: Hello, Life Stress! Things have been really hectic this week, and I’m not sleeping enough and the gym visits have taken a back seat to the bigger priorities of survival.

Fortunately, as I was dreaming of “I should bake all the Christmas cookies this year! Maybe tonight!” I was able to recognize that I am under-slept and haven’t had all of the time I need to recharge myself lately. It reminded me of this PaleoFX presentation called “Stress and Cravings: Why Changing Your Food Isn’t Enough” (yes, presented by my current girl crush Melissa Hartwig) about the cycle of stress > eat sugar > more stress > eat more sugar. My cravings aren’t because my body is deprived of sugar or because I even really want it, but because I’m tired and frazzled and looking for a quick fix of happy. And as I recall, giving into my cravings has rarely if ever worked out for me.

So the game plan is to make sure I’m still eating enough healthy food, reach out to friends and family for support as needed, and seize any opportunity I can to take a break, whether it’s take a short walk and listen to some music, curl up with the kids on the couch and watch a movie together, or forget about finishing the dinner dishes and go to bed with a book and a cup of tea instead. In fact, I’m really letting go of a lot of housework because I just don’t have the space for it right now (this is SO not the time to drop by if dust bunnies and food dried and stuck to various pieces of furniture gross you out). I’ll keep everyone fed and dressed, but beyond that the new motto is “messy but happy.” Because sanity > washing windows.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

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