Stress is a natural and sometimes healthy aspect of living. There is good stress and there is bad stress. Under the right circumstances, stress can fire you up for that important presentation or motivate you to act quickly and go beyond your normal limits in critical conditions. When stress becomes habitual, it can lead to early aging, accidents, disease and depression.
There’s no need to tell you about the dangers of smoking. You know them already. Your doctor told you, your friends told you, your spouse and even your kids told you. But now you have your own reasons to stop smoking and are looking for the easiest and most effective way to do it.
Now that you’ve decided to become fit for life, what next? How do you get from here to there? Becoming healthy and trim should not be a chore. It feels fabulous to be light, healthy and strong and the journey to getting there should also feel great. The best weight loss program, if done right, lowers your stress and raises your energy levels.
You weren’t born with poor eating habits. You learned them. Have you ever noticed what babies do when they are given food after they are full? They will squish their little face, close their mouth shut and pull their head away from the spoon. No excuses! No time to be polite! This is your natural response to excess food. Over time, however, you have become conditioned to ignore your natural instinct to stop eating. Consider all the food you eat when you’re not really hungry.
…..But it is your responsibility. The food industry has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. Large scale farming and mass production has introduced chemical, hormonal and genetic modifications into our food supply that have increased obesity, disease and food sensitivities in record numbers.
If you’re reading this, if’s probably because you are in trouble and know you need help. You have to lose weight and are doing a little bit of research. You are already aware of the dangers and social disadvantages of being overweight and now you want some answers. You probably have already considered many of the diets, pills, shakes, pre-packaged food programs, calorie and carb counting systems and embarrassing weigh-in groups on the market today.
Stress is a mental and physical phenomenon. In all cases, the physical responses are identical. The triggering of the “fight or flight response” is at the root of all types of stress. But the experiences of stress are quite different. While occasional bursts of acute stress may be inconsequential, frequent episodes of acute stress, or episodic stress, can be as damaging as chronic stress.
Do you remember the enticing images of the smoker that first caught your intrigue? The “smooth character” Old Joe Camel with his subliminal sexuality and hipster appeal. The rugged, independent Marlboro Man. The movies, music videos and pop culture icons defiantly flaunting a cigarette. Can you remember the subtle peer pressure tugging at your desire to be a member of the group: “Hey, why don’t you join us for a smoke?”