You're stressed because your boss is on vacation, as a result you've been skipping meals to focus on work. Once you realize you haven't eaten for 12 hours, you reach for the easiest and quickest item to satisfy you - fast food, candy bar, etc. Your lame attempt at giving your body nutrients only fools your body into thinking it's going to make it for a short period of time. Now, you feel even worse and even more stressed than when you had the candy bar in the first place. What gives?
Stress is probably first to blame for the chaos, but new research suggests that skipping meals could be stressing you out more than your day job.
Our demand for nutrients increases during periods of stress. Research shows that there is a faster turnover of protein, fat and carbohydrates in order to produce energy to keep up with the demands we place on ourselves. Vitamins B and C are rapidly depleted in the course of this carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
Therefore, if we are skipping meals or not eating a balanced diet, the level of stress increases as the demand for nutrients is increases and is not met.
It's a very slippery slope, but remember to feed yourself and feed yourself well. This means balanced meals with lots of nutrients. Keep a banana and almonds in your desk to keep from hitting that slippery slope. Your wits and your diet will thank you.