Keep calm and carry on! Stress may lessen the benefits of “good” fat.
Here’s some old news that bears repeating: Along with eating only foods that love your body back and doing regular physical activity, managing stress is essential for avoiding chronic illness. Now here’s some new news that deserves your attention: Stress may change the way your body processes certain fats. In a recent study, researchers looked at the immediate health effects of eating a meal high in saturated fat (the type found in four-legged-animal-based foods) and of eating a meal high in monounsaturated fat (the type found in walnuts and olive oil). Not surprisingly, the saturated-fat group fared worse in blood tests for four separate disease markers than the monounsaturated-fat group. But when people had experienced a moderately stressful event the day before, the differences disappeared. In other words, your responses to stress may diminish the protective effects of good-for-you fats! You can’t simply wiggle your nose à la I Dream of Jeannie and eliminate day-to-day stressors, but the New Year is a perfect time to commit to a daily stress-management practice, like mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or yoga. Start with 20 minutes, or even just a few minutes, a day and build up your practice from there. You may also want to sign up for our StressFreeNow online program
. You’ll be setting yourself up for better health — including the benefits of a nutritious diet.
Source: Depression, daily stressors and inflammatory responses to high-fat meals: when stress overrides healthier food choices.
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