Archive for January 2017

If you only make one change this year, make it to quit smoking.

Many of us have committed to making resolutions for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, following through many times is a difficult thing to do. Quitting smoking is probably one of the easiest resolutions to break – just coming into a familiar or unfamiliar stressful situation can make you feel the need for a nicotine hit. However,…

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Why do I gain weight when I’m stressed?

  When our ancestor, the ‘caveman or woman’, faced periods of famine, hunger was one of the reasons for anxiety. When there was not enough food, their bodies coped with this stress by secreting steroids. The steroids were absorbed by the omentum, a fold of tissue beneath the abdominal muscles.  Even after thousands of years,…

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