At the risk of sounding repetitive: proper stress management is important.
Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, which is not what you want if you care to optimize your health. So stress baking is a real thing but can making at-home sourdough really be the key to managing your stress and optimizing health?
According to this article, stress baking, which apparently emerged during the early days of the pandemic when many people were stuck at home, has become a meditative and empowering act. One thing is for sure: people sure are doing a lot of it.
Clemence Gossett, the subject of the aforementioned link, is the founder and co-owner of The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica, California. She said that she was initially surprised that so many turned to baking bread – assuming that people would prefer making cakes and cookies.
The economics are clear, too. Baking kits , flour, and yeast sales have all skyrocketed since 2020.
While I am sure that the act of baking can be therapeutic for some, people also tend to crave carbs more when they are stressed. So who is going to eat all those baked goods once they come out of the oven?
And is regular access to fresh baked sourdough really doing your health any favors? Maybe we should stick to the breath work, journaling, and cold exposure practices for stress relief and lean on baking a little bit less in the back half of 2022.