Changes to note so far:
Possible weight loss
Shift in energy
This week, we're getting into hormones. You really want weeks 1 and 2 to have settled in and that you're following those directions before diving into this one, so go refresh yourself and get on track as needed.
Hormones are signals in the body that tell it what to do, especially in response to stress. They're constantly communicating stressors to the brain. And stress isn't just what you think: sugar and exercise are also stressors.
Our response to events around us depend on hormones (hopefully balanced hormones) so we react properly to the situation around us.
You don't want to be under a lot of constant stress! This is where damage to the body happens.
Results of chronic, high stress:
Lack of sleep
Cortisol is the stress hormone we are usually dealing with. If your cortisol is too high, it will suppress your melatonin (the sleep hormone). Cortisol also increases your blood sugar, causing you to crave sugar and likely eat more. This is where the weight gain comes from.
When one hormone is up, it throws off the levels of all of the other hormones. It's a domino effect.
The key to hormone balance is what you put on your plate.
And the cool thing is, once hormones start regulating, everything else becomes easier, including weight loss.