The Obesity Code: Step 7 – Reducing Cortisol

Stress Reduction- It’s a popular misconception that stress relief involves sitting in front of the television and doing nothing. In fact, you can’t relieve stress by doing nothing. Stress relief is an active process. Meditation, tai chi, yoga, religious practice and massage are all good choices.

Regular exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress and lower cortisol levels. The original intent of the fight-or-flight response was to mobilize the body for physical exertion. Exercise can also release endorphins and improve mood. This benefit far exceeds the relatively modest caloric reduction achieved by exercise.

Social connectivity is another great stress reliever. Everybody remembers how hard it was to be singled out in high school; that’s no different at any age. Being part of a group or community is part of our human heritage. For some, religion and churches can provide this feeling of belonging. The power of human touch also cannot be underestimated. Massage can be beneficial for this reason.

Mindfulness meditation THROUGH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, we can become more aware of our thoughts. The objective in meditation is to take a step outside of our thoughts and, as an observer, become aware of them. From this perspective, we can pay precise, nonjudgmental attention to the details of our experiences. Mindfulness meditation alleviates stress by helping us practice being present. It also involves reminding us of pleasant experiences from our past, when we have been able to overcome struggle and achieve personal success. There are many forms of meditation, but all have the same general goals. (Tai chi and yoga are forms of moving meditation with long traditions.)

Fung, Jason (2016-03-03). The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss (Kindle Locations 3723-3728). Greystone Books. Kindle Edition.

2520_stressedDr. Fung also covers other subjects like getting enough restful sleep and the methods of attaining it but I feel I have borrowed enough of his words for this post. You have to buy the book if you want all of the amazing details.

Speaking of Stress, I have decided to take a little time off away from blogging until I have managed to create a good working schedule to fit all of these new principles into. I will be working on a plan of attack for both diabetes and weight loss.

Personal Update:
Blood Sugar- 114, Weight- 187.2

Treadmill
Distance- 1.22 miles
Time- 20:23 minutes
Calories Burned- 132.6

Bowflex- ARMS
Curls- 40/40- 25
Hammer Curls- 40/40- 25
Tricep Pulldown- 50/50- 20
Dips- 100/100- 25

Meals
Breakfast- Fasting
Lunch- Eggplant
Dinner- Ribs and Salad

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to The Obesity Code: Step 7 – Reducing Cortisol

  1. camcoogan says:

    Best of luck to in accomplishing your goals. You have done an awesome job so I know you will succeed. Enjoy your blogging hiatus.

  2. Kim Smyth says:

    Good luck, you will be missed but enjoy the break!

  3. suzewannabe says:

    We will miss your posts, but take care if you. First things first!

  4. I cried out to God in desperation and He delivered from 93 pounds.

  5. ksfinblog says:

    I do yoga and help people learn …. I think that covers it… god is pretty bored of me.

  6. Jess says:

    Thanks for your summary of The Obesity Code – I’ve really enjoyed the snapshots of information and your additional analysis. Now it’s time to put words into action for yourself 🙂 take care and we’ll see a better you on the flip side!

    • Yes, I am slowly developing a positive plan. I have already put many of the principles I’ve learned in the last 5 years of this rollercoaster into place. Thanks for reading my posts and I will be back in just a few short days.

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