A 2013 clinical study at Hacettepe University in Turkey took groups of participants and tested how they related to sweet and salty foods normally.
Then the scientists gave the test subjects challenging mental tests in which the scientists used several methods to increase the participants’ stress levels. The scientists used increased heart rate and blood pressure as a way of measuring how truly stressed the participants were and then they fed them again…
This time, the subjects related completely differently to the sweet and salty foods! The study discovered that there is a distinct relationship between our perception of taste and our anxiety levels… The bottom line is the scientists found that, WHEN WE ARE STRESSED, SWEET AND SALTY FOOD TASTE BETTER to us. The stress makes these taste even more appealing than normally and so it’s no wonder that when we’re stressed, we want to eat JUNK FOOD that’s mucho salty and mucho sweet. And, not only are we drawn to different food… because it tastes so much better to us (‘sexy salt’, ‘yummy sugar’ :-(, WE WANT TO EAT MORE OF IT!
Jeez Louise! The only way to beat this is to let the air out of the balloon of your stress…
Here’s one way:
Go to www.TheLifestylista.com and search for “FEELING STRESSED AND WANT TO OVEREAT” – there’s a GREAT BREATHING TECHNIQUE in this article that fights stress and cravings… Just try it! It works.
I am here rooting for you girl! You can so do this.