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Food and Stress

I started a blog for you last weekend. I had a really good idea and half the blog flowed out, then I was called away, and the next time I had time to get back here was nine days later! And I just spent a full half hour looking for the blog I started more than a week ago! I have searched everywhere; it just isn’t here.

But I remember what I wanted to talk about so here we go again!

The good news: My book, “The Sane Food Solution” has been accepted by a publisher. After twenty years of arguing with myself about it, starting it, then using that “chapter” as a handout for a program, and setting it aside, I got it together. And I realized I had to stop because the amount of material I had planned is enough for three books. So not only will you be seeing book 1 in the future of my lifetime, you may also see books 2 and 3!

The fun news: I cut my hair! It is SO short!  Everyone who has seen me in the past two weeks said it looked really good! I myself am not sure, but I am eager to hear your opinion.

The sorrow filled news: our beloved Amanda has seen it necessary to move on to other pursuits; she is no longer with Renaissance. I will miss her terribly. If you know someone you think has the patience and fortitude to work in my office, please send her along. Until then please enjoy talking to my husband while he rescues me by answering the phone calls!

And that brings up my topics today: food, stress, and organizing!

Most of my stress comes up when I am not organizing my work and home well enough.  And the food spreads through my life and my work. And planning the food for a realistic food plan, and handling the rest of your life, is just hard work! And anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am one of the most disorganized people they have ever met!

So, tell me about stress. What really “stresses you out”?

Human beings are not built to endure prolonged periods of stress. Watching people come through long periods of stress is like watching an accelerated version of ageing, and a reminder of how stress corrodes the human body.

We live in a stressful world right now; these are truly stressful times, both around the world and at home. The fact is, stress kills. Prolonged stress has been linked to heart disease, depression and diabetes. But how can you stay healthy when you are stressed? How do you stay on your food plan?

The salty-sweet smack of snack foods is often the only thing that gets many of us through stressful times. But the chips and sweets you inhale as a deadline looms will make you feel rotten in the long term.

When we’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to reach for a quick fix in the form of high salt and sugar-rich food and drink; it gives us a spike in the body’s feel good brain chemicals, but it won’t last – and neither will the fast rise in your blood glucose levels, which also gives you a temporary high.

Taking 20 minutes to eat lunch on time and away from your desk will reduce stress levels and may prevent unhealthy snacking. Plan your meals, taste your food, and savor the flavors.  Keep it simple but choose healthy foods you enjoy.

Yes, I see you rolling your eyes at this simple answer! So let me give you a more complicated one. It’s only my experience, but here it is:

When I want to change something big and important in my life, I must go back to several recovery principles that are the basic core. First, I must get clear on what it is I want to change, and make the decision to set other things aside for a bit. Then, I choose to check in with my Higher Power to be sure I am on the right track. And to ask for helpful assistance from the Universe.

Then I need to charge up my support systems and get the advice and direction and coaching I need. I can do very little by myself without help and support.

Since I want to do that for you, too, here are a few suggestions on handling life’s stresses in less than ten minutes:

Take a walk. Time outdoors refreshes the mind.

Listen to soothing music. A huge help in your evening routine.

Call a friend. Pick someone you trust and who believes in you.

Make time for prayer or meditation. This will work even if you do not believe in it!

Write in a journal. Examine negative thoughts and emotions, and they lessen.

Give thanks. Expressing gratitude to others will lift your own spirits.

Take a break. Walk away from the work or situation.

Just say no.  Promote, demote, or eliminate as you see fit.

Drink water. Dehydration makes you feel yucky.

Hold hands. When possible, keep the human connection with family members.

Turn off the news. Get your update, then get out. Don’t obsess over what other people are saying and doing.

Make a Plan. Focus on what needs to be done first (That is taking care of you and your recovery plan) then choose how to handle the chaos.

Trust me when I tell you that letting go of your abstinence and recovery will make your situation more stressful. It will be harder to think clearly, harder to choose correctly, and a lot harder to move forward in the areas you value most.

Well, I must admit, this turned into an unusual form of blog. I hope it is helpful to you. Please comment or call if you wish.

Blessings to you,


2 Responses to Food and Stress

  1. LINDA M STRAYER May 28, 2024 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Theresa,
    I loved these stress relief ideas and have made a copy for myself and sponsees. I especially like the one on JUST SAY NO. I need to do that more often and not feel guilty. Self-care is not selfish.
    Looking forward to seeing your short hair soon!

    • H. Theresa Wright May 28, 2024 at 2:29 pm #

      I am so glad you like this! Stress can make the body change on a physical level, so it is really important that we maintain good self care in times of stress. Take care Linda, and keep in touch.

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