If someone tells you to eat 1200 calories a day I give you permission to tell them to fuck off. 1200 calories is the recommended caloric intake for a toddler. Why would a grown adult think 1200 calories would sustain a body that weighs 8x that of a toddler?
1200 calories is the minimum requirement you need just to stay alive.
On top of that, stress increases your need for more nutrients.
Stress in all forms: exercise/physical stress, poor sleep, a fight with a friend, work stress, family stress, driving to work, health anxiety, poor digestion, environmental toxins, EMFs, blue light, emotional stress, scrolling social media, etc…
But Laura, I don’t feel stressed. Stress comes in so many different forms. Tell me you are not exposed to at least three of these stressors daily?
When stress demands are high there is a rapid turnover of protein, fat + carbs needed to produce energy.
Increase in cortisol = increase need for nutrients.
No appetite when stressed so you don’t eat!?
Well girlfriend, let’s just add more fuel to the fire by having your body go through the super stressful process of having to eat its own tissues and use its reserves to create energy that you are neglecting to give it.
With that said, the only way to bring down stress in your body is by eating! Giving your body the energy it needs to handle these stress demands.
I don’t care if you “didn’t workout that day” or “you’ve been sitting at your desk all day”- feed your body, give it the nourishment it needs and for the love of whatever you believe in, do not restrict yourself to 1200 calories a day.
This is the perfect storm for hormonal imbalances, irregular or missing periods, digestive distress, anxiety, depression, you name it… It all comes back to nourishing your body enough and often.
I have said it before and I will say it again. YOU DO NOT NEED TO EARN YOUR FOOD.
When your body is underfed stress takes an even greater toll on your health.
Some quick foods to help bring down stress that are pretty tasty to help with that stress induced low appetite:
Quality ice cream
Raw chocolate milk
Fruit + cheese
Parm + fig jam
GF Sourdough + butter