I get Sally Squires’ column in the Washington Post emailed to me each week, so that’s one reason I refer to her work a lot on this blog. The other is that she definitely covers topics of interest. Not always in the way I’d like to see them covered, but that’s not unusual!
Her column this week had to do with stress and eating. I was particularly taken by this excerpt from her article:
Nyers gets up at 3:45 a.m. and begins her commute from Southern Maryland at 4:45 a.m. She doesn’t get home until 12 hours later.
I know it’s easy for me to say because I’m no longer a part of the rat race, but a schedule like that, well…the person interviewed for this article is talking about how she gets the urge for a sweet snack in the middle of the afternoon. I think she deserves one if that’s what she wants!
Before I get any strong reactions to that last comment, let me say first that it’s generally accepted that a carbohydrate craving in the middle of the afternoon in itself will not make or keep anyone fat. Usually there’s a lot of ‘stuff’ surrounding that snack that leads to overeating when it happens, and it’s not necessarily the stress of work or long hours (I’m really talking about attitudes and beliefs that get in the way of us eating what we want in moderation). Plus, I’d love to see what the rest of that person’s day looks like in terms of eating. Is she eating enough? Is it balanced?
But it’s likely the bottom line really has a lot to do with what Sally has identified – a stressful lifestyle that would create problems for most of us in terms of eating and probably a lot of other things, too!
One of the things I dearly wish for my children is that they don’t get caught up in this stereotypically American lifestyle. Even if they have to move elsewhere to avoid it. It’s plain just not good for us!