Part 2 of my personal stress journey

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Fast forward one year later...I grew tired of obsessing over my weight and health issues and I started following my joy, by hiking on weekends with friends (up until this point I hadn't hiked much in my life); I got a kayak; I gardened more; I started playing more with photography; I learned to make homemade sourdough bread, cultured veggies, kefir and kombucha AND I came across something that would forever change my perspective—not only on body weight, but on life in general (though I didn't know the "life in general" part until several years later).

Me gardening and being artsy-fartsy in 2013

Me gardening and being artsy-fartsy in 2013

Stress and the body’s response

The magical thing I came across was the work of Jon Gabriel of The Gabriel Method. Jon on lost over 220lbs without dieting or weight loss surgery. He discovered that our bodies' innate wiring causes us to perceive chronic stress in two ways 1) our bodies think we're being attacked, so they make us lose our appetites and we quickly drop weight, so we can easily fight or run, or 2) our bodies think we're either starving or freezing, so they slow down our metabolisms, make us tired, make us crave food and gain weight, to protect us. I fell in the latter category.

By starving myself on all the crazy diets I had been on over the years, I was only causing my body more stress, and causing it to gain even more weight, each time I finished a diet. After realizing this, I immediately stopped dieting and weighing myself and started working on my stress levels and years of inner emotional turmoil.

Up until that point I had never really thought much about my body's internal stress response system (or the fight/flight/freeze system), but I was living in a heightened stress response all day every day—and I think most people in today's modern day society are doing the same.

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

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