Although this is the time of dieting, detoxing and generally deciding to miraculously overturn the ingrained lifestyle of possibly many years, I am going to say “Bah humbug” and suggest some small adjustments rather than massive change. 
 
Although this is the time of dieting, detoxing and generally deciding to miraculously overturn the ingrained lifestyle of possibly many years, I am going to say “Bah humbug” and suggest some small adjustments rather than massive change. 
 
Our relationship with food is hugely complex – we can view it as a reward for good behaviour, as comfort, a fill-in for boring moments and use it as a way of putting off chores or unwelcome activities but how often do we eat because we are truly hungry? But stressful moments can make us turn to food for the feel-good and often soothing feelings from the chemicals that the body produces. 
 
 
Also stress produces, amongst other things, a powerful hormone called cortisol which increases body fat. This makes it even more important to review what we do. 
 
Cortisol is a result of the fight/flight response and is automatic. We can’t control it and cortisol is one of the chemicals produced when we feel threatened. 
 
Fred and Wilma didn’t have to worry about what the neighbours said, they only had to worry about what the neighbours did and the other physical dangers to their very survival. Whereas our threats today are multiple, not life-threatening, sometimes subtle but never-ending. 
 
Irritating emails, cancelled trains, IT failure, increased deadlines and family demands. Cortisol helps the body store fat around the middle and vital organs. This means that if you are desk bound, using up less energy and stored fat, you can put on the pounds more easily than if you have an active role. 
 
Here are 10 tips to help with the waistline. These will help you to form new habits about your food, helping with intake of calories and to reduce tension and stress in the body. Just make one change a day and review your progress after 10 working days to see and feel the benefits. 
1. Eat breakfast. Don’t have enough time? Get up 10 minutes earlier. Read food packaging and steer clear, as much as possible, from manufactured, refined food where possible. 
 
2. Go to work prepared. Pack your own lunch. Unless you are 100% sure that the food you buy at lunchtime is unadulterated, it will have additional salt, sugar, chemicals and preservatives. (Apparently it takes an extra 4 days in the ground before we start to decompose due to the additives and preservatives). 
 
3. Drinks. Read the package of the creamers and milks that come with the office coffee – many have added sugar. Have a glass of water when you fancy a coffee – you might just be thirsty! Water is the best drink for the body and chronic dehydration is linked to cancer. 
 
4. Make your meals into a routine. Take time out to sit and enjoy your food, chew it slowly, savour and focus only on the meal. Diarise the times and make a promise to stick to it. 
 
5. Where do you have lunch? At your desk? While you are driving? No matter how busy and hectic you are, give yourself some time to stop what you are doing for lunch. This helps to balance the fight or flight response with essential and balancing rest and digest action. 
 
6. Feeling hungry? It might be just be that you are thirsty, not hungry. Our system is exactly that; a system and today’s lifestyle interferes with it to release erroneous signals or mixed messages. Try a glass of water first and notice how your body responds. 
 
7. Take a break from your desk to get your body moving. Movement and exercise helps to dissipate cortisol. Diary in a stretch and a short walk so that you make the time. Even if just to look out of a window. Looking at a photograph of something or someone that makes you feel good will help. Feeling good releases DHEA which is the hormone that increases feelings of contentment, peace, happiness, and helps the immune system. Park further away from the station, supermarket and office – increase your footsteps just by 10% 
 
8. Are you being productive? You may be sitting at your desk , but are you actually engaged and productive? Are you working or are you in a mind spin or day dream? Are you bored or overwhelmed? Step away and refocus your thoughts and write a list of just 5 of the most important tasks to be finished. Breathe deeply and start at task number one. 
 
9. Polite refusal. If people offer you food that you know you don’t want or need, don’t be shy to say no. As long as accompanied with a big smile and a big thank you. Why not say, “Just for once, I won’t!” Remember, you have never accidentally eaten anything. 
 
10. Ask others for help with your new eating patterns. Support from family, friends and colleagues help to reduce stress. People like to help – all you have to do is ask. 
 
If you are concerned with stress levels and sleep problems, look at v for information and questionnaires. 
 
With thanks to Rachel Trotta for some mind provoking reminders 
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