Stress, Writing, and Staying Healthy

This will be a short post as I am finishing up the manuscript for Vegan Tacos tonight, but that very process is what inspired this piece of advice. You see, writing a book is pretty stressful. It’s basically like writing an amped up issue of The Vegan Culinary Experience and with more pressure on top. Publishing the VCE, I only had to worry about myself and our contributors, but with a book, you have to worry about marketers, page count, deadlines, editors, publishers, high-res photography, and a host of other issues. It’s incredibly fun, but it’s also incredibly stressful. The problem with prolonged stress is that it releases cortisol and a number of other hormones which cause weight gain and interfere with the fine-tuned machine that encompasses the body and mind. I have a secret to share. When I was writing my portion of 21 Day Weightloss Kickstart, but I gained a little weight during that time. It was all due to stress and my lack of management of it. Since I’ve been writing Vegan Tacos, I know better this time around. The stress is the same, but I take care to eat regularly, eat very fresh foods, and most importantly, stay hydrated. The different in the way my body and mind perform because of those three things is enormous. I’m going to cut this post short, because I’ve already gotten to the key points. Eat on a regular schedule, eat lots of fresh foods, and don’t stay thirsty my friends. Until next time.