We all have days when we feel we need a little bit of TLC, right? This could come in the form of meeting a good friend and hanging out or at times if no one is available, then you indulge in a spa therapy or for others eating some comfort food.
Most times it’s the comfort food which wins hands down when you’re in need of that TLC because coupled with needing that TLC, you might want to be alone. Comfort food is defined as food which provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to the consumer and is often characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, and simple preparation.
Sources like Wikipedia say that the term comfort food can be traced back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.” They are believed to be a great coping mechanism for rapidly soothing negative feelings.
Most comfort foods can be pastries, chocolates, chips, mashed potatoes, burgers, pizzas, instant noodles etc. The list is different for different people and even different countries.
It may sound really fascinating that food can also offer you comfort but try not to make use of the “comfort food” factor as much as possible. Ultimately, if we rely on the comfort that certain kinds of food can bring us, it may become an addiction. It could lead to serious issues like binge eating disorder which is as serious as bulimia or maybe even more because sometimes the signs of binge eating disorder are less visible.
So before we succumb to the temptation of the comfort that certain kinds of food gives us, let’s give a second or third or fourth thought to such comfort. Instead maybe you could call up a friend or a close family member (if you can’t meet them in person) saying “Hey, I’m stressed out and I need someone to listen to me..” Also as much as possible, try not to be alone when you’re getting those urges for ‘comfort food”.