because the stress might affect your digestion. I know when I'm stressed
my tummy muscles knot up, so it made sense to me. Turns out there is way more to it than that. Stress can actually make you gain weight.
When you are stressed your "caveman" body goes into the fight or flight mode. It sees any stress as the stress that could actually kill you. This makes survival it's highest priority and uses biology to protect you. In the first few minutes of stress it does burn through calories quickly from that rush of adrenaline.
And then comes the let down very abruptly. This slows down your metabolism and makes it way less efficient. At this point a lot happens including a marked increase in the hormone Cortisol . This excess of cortisol production corresponds to an increase of insulin, the fat-storing hormone that is your body's best tool for saving and storing calories in the form of fat for later use. It usually stores this fat around your belly. Noradrenaline and Adrenaline now shut down digestive activity to redirect blood flow to the brain (for fast thinking) and to the arms and legs ( for fighting or running). The body does all this because the body sees "stress" as a survival threat.
Hence don't eat when you are stressed. Personally I use Reiki and a quick step out into my garden if I'm stressed at meal time. But most don't have that option. I came across this technique among several in Donna Eden's " Energy Medicine for Women." A very helpful book BTW. It Takes less than a minute.
First make fist, take deep breath as you raise your fist high above your head. Then you slowly , with control, let out your breath as you bring your arms down, fist in front of your body. Open your hands when they reach the bottom. Place your hands back to back and slowly slide both hands up the center of your body. On another deep breath lift your hands in front of your face and above your head. Turn your palms outward and circle them outward down to the sides of your legs in another outbreath.
Donna Eden says " Taking your arms down the meridian releases tension buildup and calms the body. The upward motion of your hands "zips" this calmness into your central meridian. Lifting your arms above your head and the taking them down your sides is calming to your nervous system."
Very simple to do. Try it a few times when you aren't stressed so it will flow easily to you when you are.