Food is the most primitive form of comfort. ~ Sheilah Graham
“Comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:5
Never eat more than you can lift. ~ Miss Piggy
Comfort Foods….. we all have them. Some people turn to chocolate, others to warm bread right out of the oven. How about cookies or, my personal favorite, Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream? We can turn to pies, candy bars, licorice, bacon cheeseburgers, and the like. Sometimes we want oatmeal and pancakes and hot tea. We hit our point of emotional overload and there is something about the right food at the right moment that grounds us and somehow rejuvenates us enough to continue to on.
I am a firm believer of comfort foods, in balance. There are individuals who live lives that are stressful on a daily basis. Consumption of unhealthy comfort foods daily or multiple times a day could have serious repercussions on one’s health. Therefore, moderation is key. If an individual just had a horrific breakup and needed a few weeks of comfort food, along with comfort food on the occasional day that is laden with relationship reminders, that is okay. In fact, in those instances comfort food can serve a critical purpose in assisting an individual in their ability to maintain their lives and function in society even after emotional trauma.
I personally find myself craving comfort foods during times of stress and during times of relief or celebration. During those moments there is a strong food tie-in as though the presence of the comfort food is necessary to validate the overall presiding sentiment of the moment. There are times when I just want to stuff myself until I feel full (not a good habit). Somehow the fullness makes me feel less empty inside. This reminds me of a quote by Mitch Hedberg, “I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and what 2000 of something.”
What about you? Do you use comfort foods? Have you found moderation in your life? When are comfort foods okay and when should we steer clear of them?
Today, 297 days ’til 40, I am thankful for comfort foods. I keep them in a healthy place in my life and utilize them in appropriate ways. My hope for you is that you always find comfort where and when you need it, in healthy ways.