Have you ever taken a break during acting class, only to devour all of the baked goods someone brought, or left at the end of class feeling like you could eat a cow? I realized this was an issue when I felt that way even after consuming all of my needed calories for the day.
Take heart! There's a reason acting class is working against your healthy eating plans, and I'll give you a couple of ways to combat it. But first, you need to understand why this is happening. Watch here (tips at the end):
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PHYSICAL VS EMOTIONAL HUNGER
HUNGER AND ACTING CLASS
So I'm guessing a lot of your hunger in acting class sounds like emotional hunger. We are processing a lot of different emotions during acting class.
But why specifically is emotional hunger affecting us this way? It's more than likely caused by a spike in cortisol, which is an adrenaline hormone. In other words, when you have an adrenaline rush in class, it spikes your cortisol.
This spike in cortisol can make you crave fatty and/or sugary foods.
I want you to consider that class is already somewhat of a nerve-racking situation since you're being vulnerable and (hopefully) safely critiqued in front of a group of people, and good or bad stress can increase cortisol. Pile a dramatic sense memory on top of that, and your body is probably cortisol crazy.
Here are my tips on how to combat this issue:
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