Cortisol, Caroline Hudson, Lake Superior discussed on Dishing Up Nutrition
Registered and licensed dietitian. I've been in the field of nutrition for the past twenty years now, and I have to tell you I find that. Because of all the nutritional research being conducted out there. I mean, and it's worldwide some really great research being done. I feel like I need to be reading and learning almost every day. And things are always changing. So you really need to learn and read the research every day to stay on top of things. Here's one great example twenty years ago when I was just starting my nutrition training in college. I was being taught back then that eating low fat was good for us. You probably remember those days. Caroline. Oh, yeah. It was the low fat high carb message, and we thought that was the healthy way to go. Now, thankfully, we know better. We know that the low fat message was really not well researched. And frankly, it's just wrong information that voice you just heard is my co host this morning. Caroline hudson. Caroline is also a registered and licensed edition and Caroline has been practicing nutrition a little bit longer than me, so truly there are two great nutrition minds here in the studio with a lot of clinical experience. Oh, yes. And I started my first nutrition job in Canada is in the eighties. Let's say I worked in a very remote area, actually, a number of remote areas. And I was learning a great deal about people's eating habits. So throughout my life. I've. I've also been a caregiver a caregiver, of course, to my children, which I think all moms, right, right? And my parents, mostly my father, my mother's still doing very, very ninety and very active. I was kayaking with her on lake superior few weeks ago. So, oh, that's awesome. Yes. She is awesome woman, but also other family members and even a few friends down the road already. You know? So I know a lot about caregiving. Yes, I believe there was a reason you were picked beyond the radio today and discuss this topic, you do know a lot about it. And you probably realize Caroline that about forty five million people in the United States provide unpaid care, dry, dolts and kids were not paid for this. So forty five million of us provide care that is a lot. And it's no surprise that seventy five. Percent of these caregivers are women. So if you're a caregiver, and you have found that maybe at first you put on a couple of pounds, and you didn't think much of it. But lately, maybe the pound seemed to be piling on if that rings true with any of you listening. I'm sure you wanna know how you can fight the caregiver weight gain problem. Oh, yeah. We know that during high stress times are adrenal glands release, the stress hormone cortisol. So let's be honest for most caregivers high stress times are pretty much daily sometimes hourly, you know, and as our level of cortisol rises, guess what your end Solent levels rise too. So that excess insulin is considered the fat storage hormone, which means that every calorie get stored as. Fat rather than what it's supposed to happen gets burned. Right. And unfortunately that high stress nearly every day can actually change how our hormones work in our body. And so when you're under that constant stress your body makes way too much cortisol which then leads what to that excess insulin and too much insulin equals that weight gain. Wow. You said a mouthful there. I did. Yeah. But that's all great information. And I really want our listeners to understand this stress hormone connection. So I just want to repeat what you said with even a little more detail because I think it's really important for caregivers to understand how stress first of all increases cortisol. It's part of that fight or flight response, which is great back in caveman days when you were trying to escape being eaten by something. But when you're a caregiver and that stresses every day so that cortisol level is high every day. Like, you said Carolyn that then increases your insulin levels higher than they should be every day. Yeah. And you said it insulin is our fat storing hormone so that high stress chronically day after day eventually leads to unwanted weight gain. And it all starts with those adrenal glands. Like, you mentioned it's our. Adrenal glands that produce that extra cortisol the cortisol raises our blood sugar, the blood sugar sends a signal to our pain Korea's to send out a bunch of insulin to respond to those high blood sugar levels,.