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May 09, 2013

Why We Crave Comfort Foods

By Mark Sisson
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Chunky Monkey Muffins from Primal Cravings

We all have them – ”comfort” foods that feel like more than just food. Far beyond the random edibles of our day, these are imbued with the likes of positive memories, celebratory identities, nurturing associations. They’re the feel-good recipes or psychological standbys that satiate us on a deeper level. Irrational as it might sound (but isn’t really), food is more than function. It’s more than taste or even nutrition (gasp!). Food, specifically our personal list of comforting favorites (resulting from cultural and emotional experience), has the power to shift our mood as well as our physiology.

When we go Primal, we end up rethinking our relationship with these old standbys. In some cases, we cherish the memory but let them go for the sake of health goals. We might experiment with adapting them, or we might simply reserve the right to enjoy them in their original forms on special occasions. However we re-envision our favorites post-Primal, I’d suggest we don’t need to throw out the concept of comfort food itself. Though the actual preferences are personal, the impact of comfort food as a whole is real – and measurable. Research has shown that eating – or even writing about – comfort food actually blunts negative emotions like loneliness. As with any phenomenon, the more we understand it, the better able we are to use it for good in our lives and health.

The Emotional Reasoning

For all of us, I think, food becomes imbricated with emotional associations, which evolve in layers of our upbringing, experience, and exposure. Were we given a particular food as a reward growing up? Were our favorites part of holidays or other celebrations? Maybe our mother made a certain food when we were feeling down. Perhaps our deepest, if not most numerous, associations come from childhood, but others come to us in salient points of adulthood. Think back to the last really good meal you had – the kind that leaves you calculating when you can go back for more. The best meals, of course, involve more than the food. It’s the company, the environs, the mood, the conversation, the occasion. The happier the event, the more convivial the atmosphere, the more intimate the friends or family, the richer the experience and more positive the memories.

The Physiological Reasoning

Fat and carbohydrates figure in prominently with the most cited comfort foods. Carbs can temporarily boost serotonin levels, which can leave us constantly running back for another neurochemical fix. Our favorite – fat – figures into the picture as well (although more favorably). Research shows, for example, that even when sensory experience is extracted, food (in this case, fat) soothes. When a group of study subjects viewed a sad movie or listened to sad music, subjects who received an injection of saturated fat were less affected emotionally (and showed less activity in brain regions associated with negative thoughts) than those who received saline shots.

The Social Reasoning

On the subject of loneliness… There’s something Primally human – and social – about the idea of comfort in food, in fact. For tens if not hundreds of thousands of millennia, we’ve bonded over food. Offering food as a gift or show of hospitality was critical to social bonding. It encouraged peace. It built alliances. In terms of our identification with common comfort foods, food psychology expert Brian Wansink and his team note (PDF) how social learning is critical “in teaching animals how to select food with needed nutrients and how to avoid ingesting toxins.” Comfort foods feel so universal because they are (within cultures anyway). We’re wired to eat what those around us show us is desirable because our evolutionary hardwiring tells us it must be safe and nutritious.

On an interesting gender note, Brian Wansink and team have also shown men and women gravitate toward different foods for comfort – men more toward meals and women toward snacks. Still, I know plenty of women who crave hearty, meaty foods and men who have a sweet tooth. For me, it’s an eclectic kind of smorgasbord – spaghetti sauce with sausage and a hint of clove, being one. I still make the recipe from time to time but substitute something Primal for the pasta (e.g. spaghetti squash or mushroom and peppers). It’s a family recipe of sorts, and I try to relish the memories as much as the food on the few occasions I dig out the recipe.

So, if we accept that the penchant for comfort food is innate, what do we do about the non-Primal nature of many old favorites? How do we allow for the “comfort” instinct in our Primal living – even harness it for a richer enjoyment of food and life?

Use the 80/20 Principle.

If you crave your non-Primal comfort foods seldom enough and can recover easily enough from them that they won’t derail your Primal plan, consider them fair game for the occasional 80/20 application.

Adapt the ones you can’t – or just don’t want – to live without.

Some of us, as much as we miss the original versions of our favorites just find they aren’t worth the side effects or backsliding. Take heart in the fact that it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. Primal adaptations (I know a great book to help you out here.) are practical and totally legal options. In time, you’ll likely find that you enjoy the PB versions even more.

Experiment to find new favorites.

Consider the possibility that you haven’t yet found your favorite comfort food. Some of the foods I enjoy the most today are choices I never would’ve thought of years ago. You’re never done learning how to savor food (or life) in new ways.

Make new “comforting” memories.

When we accept that comfort food isn’t just about the food itself, we can recreate the other elements that feed into those soothing associations. Does a certain meal make us feel taken care of because we cherish the memory of a parent making it for us or perhaps with us? Do we associate a food with contentment or security because it was a grandparent’s recipe, and we relished those visits or holidays? We can obviously celebrate those memories for what they meant to us. In practical terms, however, we can also lay down new neural pathways for comfort and pleasure. All it takes is a little effort, a good recipe, and some repetition. Suddenly, you find yourself craving broiled shrimp on a bad day at the office.

Flesh out the experience.

The dining experience, that is. Beyond the food itself there’s what typically goes with it in the memories that play in our heads. We may not be able to transport our grandparents back to our kitchens, but we can enjoy a family photo night and a Primal adaptation of one of their recipes. We may not eat full blown desserts anymore, but we can keep people around the table laughing and talking after dinner with a good espresso or some dark chocolate. We might be surprised at how much of our enjoyment comes from the ambience, the company, the hospitality, the ritual of sharing a meal or just dining solo exactly the way we want.

Finally, the last point speaks to a greater lesson – that we need comfort in the first place. I, for one, see nothing wrong with healthy indulgence, but there’s more pleasure to be had in life than food. In this manically harried culture of ours, we’ve lost the art of self-care. I’m not talking about keeping your toe nails clipped or ironing your clothes. I mean things that go beyond basic hygiene and social norm.

Perform this radical exercise. Absolutely zero guilt, fear, or self-loathing allowed. Write a 100 things – yes, at least 100 – things that bring you comfort and pleasure. Yes, it’s a shocking, lotus-eating brand of exercise, but do it on good paper (or on the computer) because you’ll want to save it. Put it all on there – walking barefoot in warm sand to getting a scalp massage, alphabetizing your book collection to buying flowers, using power tools to relishing comfort foods. Now you have it – for when you need it or when you just feel like using it, which probably can’t be often enough.

Can you tell it’s almost Friday? Yes, now go cook yourselves something tantalizing, and relish it with all the voracity of a caveman/woman on a carcass.

Thanks for reading, everybody. Have a great end to the week.

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Groktimus Primal
3 years 4 months ago

I try to shift to non-consumable rewards. My comforts foods are based on my being a sugar fiend.

Amy
Amy
3 years 4 months ago

Same here.

YvonneJean
YvonneJean
3 years 4 months ago

My demon is chocolate, specifically milk chocolate. It always makes me happy to eat it.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 4 months ago

My old comfort food was tortilla chips and salsa, but since going Primal I have not had any comfort foods at all. (Well, maybe spoonfuls of coconut butter).

Primal V
Primal V
3 years 4 months ago

Thanks Mark, I’m at work and hungry (there are biscuits available but I’d rather go hungry).

You’ve just made my mind up – I’m going home in a minute and will be cooking leftover roast chicken in a rich garlicky tomato sauce with vegetables and olive oil, but tonight I’m going to top it with cheese sauce and bake it till it’s golden and bubbling and eat it on steamed veg – OMG can I leave now?

🙂

C.Cobb
C.Cobb
3 years 4 months ago

I agree on trying to shift to non-consumable rewards. I really liked the bit about there being more pleasure to be had in life then in food. That saying, I am going to fry up some crispy bacon and eggs and pour myself another hot cup of coffee to enjoy the quiet that comes with a sleeping baby.

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 4 months ago

Only thing better than bacon is frying the eggs in the left over bacon grease. I recently found uncured bacon at some of my local grocery stores so I don’t feel nearly as guilty eating it in mass quantities.

Nothing quite beats bacon, eggs, and a good pot of coffee.

Heather
Heather
3 years 4 months ago

You might know this already. Uncured bacon is still cured. It’s cured with celery juice – contains naturally occurring nitrites (or nitrate? I always get these mixed up) rather than chemical nitrites. 🙂 Mmmmm, bacon. Meat candy.

Graham
Graham
3 years 4 months ago

Not to mention that there’s still more nitrites in many vegetables and our own spit than bacon (see Kresser’s post from a while back), so who cares anyway—limit it for the n6, not the nitrites…

Eating
Eating
3 years 4 months ago

Just read this article after making bacon and frying three eggs in the grease. I added a few bits of thyme from our garden to the eggs, and ate them with a bit of avocado.

So far today I’m doing fine.

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 4 months ago

My two main comfort foods are A)Reece’s (or anything with a chocolate and peanut butter combination) and B) meaty + cheesy stuff.

B)is simple enough; cheeseburger sans the bun, A) eludes me….maybe dark chocolate with a dollop of almond butter? Anyone share my addiction to Reece’s that has found a viable primal alternative?

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
3 years 4 months ago

I recently made the chocolate bark recipe that is in Rich Food Poor Food and swirled in some homemade cashew/almond butter just for funsies. Let me emphatically state that this does not taste anything like a Reese’s. However, the smooth richness of the nutbutter does help take the edge off the dark chocolate and I am finding that the candy version just tastes entirely too sweet to me these days. I took a bite of a Snickers yesterday and actually threw the rest away because it was just too sweet and artificial tasting. It’s a miracle!!

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 4 months ago

Hmmm… that sounds pretty good. I’ve never made chocolate bark. Is it pretty easy to make?

Peter
Peter
3 years 4 months ago

Pour melted chocolate and hazel nut butter in layers in a muffin tray (with cupcake paper, or if you can get silicone muffin cups that works too). You get both the chocolate and nut combo as well as the crinkles around the edges like with reece’s. 🙂

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 4 months ago

GENIUS!

Peter
Peter
3 years 4 months ago

I try 😉

Lora
Lora
3 years 4 months ago

I share that addiction. An occasional, nearly primal susbstitute for me is: in a coffee cup, mix a dollop of almond butter with a few chunks of dark chocolate. Throw in microwave 30 seconds. Stir til chocolate is all melted & swirled. Then eat with a spoon. Bonus: in a coffee cup, I can hide my addiction from the kids, they dont notice!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 4 months ago

Sounds like my beer or wine in metal bottles.

whitney
whitney
3 years 4 months ago

oh my goodness! i do this too, and i ALWAYS use a coffee mug for exactly the same reason!!! well played, lora!

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 4 months ago

I mix 1 tablespoon of almond butter, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. They come out like chocolate truffles – you could even roll them in shredded coconut or more chopped almonds. I think the sweetness of the almonds and coconut oil are enough, but you could always add a little stevia or (shhh!) honey if you desire a little more sweetness.

Joyful Susan
3 years 4 months ago

Me too!

M.
M.
3 years 4 months ago
One of my favourite “treats” is a 1:1 mixture of almond butter and coconut butter, scooped up with a square (or 2 or 3 ;)) of 90% dark chocolate. I don’t know if it replaces peanut butter cups in my life (I never ate a lot of those anyways, though I did love peanut butter.) but it sure is delicious! My husband loves it too! Alternatively, I’ll sometimes indulge in almond butter with a few raisins mixed in, again scooped up with 90% dark chocolate. IMO, that one tastes just like those “fruit and nut” chocolate bars, which I did… Read more »
Tom B-D
Tom B-D
3 years 4 months ago

This is such a cool post–the health/food/psychology/hormone connection is huge.

While I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I need to manage (fruit instead of lots of chocolate), I get so much comfort from cooking great food all the time–it’s self-care (and family care too). Food is one part of our budget we don’t skimp on. Working a 5 minute walk from home, I cook 3 meals a day, and it’s all comfort food!

Sandy
3 years 4 months ago
This was a great article! It put into words some of the feelings I’ve had about switching from food I’ve grown up with or made over the years — a feeling that I’m abandoning my roots or something. I had an experience 13 years ago on a very strict diet to control migraines, I called it “The Diet from Hell” — unfamiliar food, it tasted bad, I hated it and only stuck with it for 5 months. Food had to be more than just something safe to put in my mouth, it had to bring enjoyment too. Anyway, in some… Read more »
Jey
Jey
3 years 4 months ago

Well-timed after yesterday’s book post and the argument of paleo-fying non-paleo food.

Graham
Graham
3 years 4 months ago

Coincidence? I think not…

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Luke
3 years 4 months ago

I love this types of posts! I like the exercise of of writing 100 comforting things. That’s a great idea, I have 2 clients in mind and a sister who I’ll be sharing that with.

I think it’s important to remember that its the friends, family, stories and laughter shared that is the experience, not the food.

drjoyous
drjoyous
3 years 4 months ago
Comfort food. Huh. I grew up with more-than-awful CW: my mother detested cooking and made it very clear at every meal. We yearned for spaghettios with eggs that my father would make every so often for breakfast before school: that was much much better than the evil concoctions my mother would dream up (raw potato suddenly appearing in foods because it was “something like” water chestnuts???). Anyway… food was never a comfort, and so it led to all kinds of eating disorders in my life. Primal (9 months) is the first time in my life that food has been a… Read more »
drjoyous
drjoyous
3 years 4 months ago

forgot to mention: they are no longer called “chili rellenos” in our house–they are “stuffed green weenies.” makes me laugh every time: comfort, yes?

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 4 months ago

Nice. I came across an appetizer dish at a BBQ festival that they called rattlesnake eggs – jalepenos stuffed with pulled pork, cheese, and then wrapped in bacon and smoked for an hour or so. I’ve made them at home a couple of times when I use my smoker in the summer.

hc
3 years 4 months ago

That’s the G-rated name for them 🙂 We call them ABT’s (Atomic Buffalo Turds) but whatever you call them, they’re awesome. You can pretty much stuff them with whatever you have on hand. For those that aren’t heat lovers, a quick rinse of the jalapenos after de-seeding them helps.

Eating
Eating
3 years 4 months ago

There is a place here in Orlando that has them, 4 Rivers. They call them Jalapeño Poppers.

Love ’em

Amy
Amy
3 years 4 months ago

Raw potatoes. Wow, what a childhood. 🙁 I’m glad things are looking up.

Diane
Diane
3 years 4 months ago
Not really much in the way of comfort foods in my childhood either. Mealtime was difficult because my dad could not eat normal foods and my mom resented cooking two separate meals, one for us and one for him. All that cold, burning resentment and the stony silence burned my memory more than the food. Meals were fairly paleo anyway. A few good dishes she made are comforting in their deliciousness. Thankfully they’re pretty much primal if you can figure out how to make the sauce without using Campbells soup. None of this means I don’t like a good paleo… Read more »
Graham
Graham
3 years 4 months ago

Chile Rellenos sometimes have a bit of flour on the pepper, but it’s not at all necessary except to make the batter, which should really only be whipped egg white, stick better. I make them all the time minus the flour and they work great!

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 4 months ago

I’ve tried just doing an egg coating, but it never seems to adhere without the flour. I don’t usually use flour substitutes, but I might try a little coconut or almond flour just to get the egg batter thick enough.

whistler
whistler
3 years 4 months ago

Make sure you whisk the egg whites separately, almost to a meringue, before stiring in the yolks. Then be really gentle with the battered pepper, and try using a saucepan instead of a skillet for a deeper fry.

Graham
Graham
3 years 4 months ago

potato or arrowroot starch would work better thatn either of those flours, methinks…

Jenny
Jenny
3 years 4 months ago

great post. i struggle with compulsive overeating and eating for comfort and entertainment. eating low carb primal has helped with all that, but i still need to work on those bad habits. i love the idea of making a list of 100 comforting things. i hope that in time, i can expand self care and comforting to many more experiences apart from food.

Amy
Amy
3 years 4 months ago

Yes, it’s definitely an ongoing struggle to separate food from comfort. Our family got to the point where all social gathering involved only overeating and talking. Games, singing and other ways to “be together” weren’t “normal” and ended up being awkward. My mother is so far gone that the only thing that seems to give her comfort is food anymore. 🙁 The list thing is a great idea to work away from it.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years 4 months ago

My biggest temptation is ice cream… I love ice cream and I can eat it by the carton. To help with this craving (my roommate still makes a DQ run at least once a week) I put about a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries in a bowl with some coconut milk and a touch of cinnamon… chop it with a hand chopper and eat it slowly. It’s so good and I feel it is much more flavorful than the ice cream I was eating. Give it a try!

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 4 months ago

Yum!

Primal V
Primal V
3 years 4 months ago

I just found a primal recipe for ice-cream, looks pretty good!

(obviously a moderation food due to the fructose content in honey)

http://cookieandkate.com/2013/chai-coconut-ice-cream/

Jeremy Creed
Jeremy Creed
3 years 4 months ago

Here’s a good suggestion for future posts Mark…how to raise a primal kid who won’t crave comfort food as an adult.

Laurie
Laurie
3 years 4 months ago
We are doing this with our son. His comfort foods at 2.5 years are red cabbage and raw kale( he helps me make kale chips and steals it raw before I can get them in the oven). He doesn’t like any paleoified desserts I’ve made , even muffins with chocolate. But offer him 92 % dark chocolate straight and he begs for more. He was accidentally given Grahm crackers at preschool and didn’t eat it. He shows zero interest in other kids cheese fish, bread, cupcakes. He used to eat dates but told me now they are too sweet!!! I… Read more »
Zot
Zot
3 years 4 months ago

“imbricated ” I had to look it up. What a great word!!

primal_alex
3 years 4 months ago

My comfort food is macadamias. Great replacement for bread carvings, too.

Elaine DiRico
3 years 4 months ago
Working with clients with difficulty balancing and maintaining good blood sugar levels, I have found an aggressive treatment for Candida can have a huge effect. Candida likes to live on the sugars in our gut, and when it overgrows, it can keep us in low blood sugar hell. We respond to that with more cravings, and more consumption, which then feeds the little buggers, causing them to overgrow more. There are tests for Candida, but herbal remedies are cheap and effective and have few side effects. Worth a try. I found that it became much easier to ignore the temptation… Read more »
reebok
reebok
3 years 4 months ago

What treatment do you take, Elaine? Sounds interesting, and I think I can relate to this

Harry Mossman
3 years 4 months ago
Fortunately, my non-primal comfort foods are all in the “not so bad” range. I have continued to eat and will continue to eat Tex-Mex (should really be Cal-Mex in my case) a couple times a week. Corn tortillas (sprouted, organic). Frijoles (organic, traditionally prepared). White rice (local, organic). Quesadillas (with pasteured aged cheddar). None of this seems to bother me, perhaps because I have eaten it all my life. I am not Mexican-American but I grew up in Southern California. My mother had taught home ec at a predominantly Mexican-American high school and had learned lots of recipes. We lived… Read more »
Harry Mossman
3 years 4 months ago

Oh, um, I forgot to mention peanut butter. LOL

Tiziano Solignani
3 years 4 months ago

I used to crave them a lot, but after switching to a nutrigenomical diet approach I lost interest in them. I guess the main reason we crave them is our body lacks some nutrients and when it does those foods are more appealing than others. When you get all the nutrients your body needs, you stop craving comfort foods. Now my comfort food is a T-bone steak on the BBQ 😉

Cheers

Kevin
Kevin
3 years 4 months ago

My favorite new comfort food is my own creation, a cocnut milk latte! I make my own cocnut milk with the vitamix blender weekly, and when the milk comes out of the vitamix it is very warm and foamy. So I make sure I have coffee ready, pour about 5oz of coffee into about 8oz of warm coconut milk, add 4-5 drops of steviaclear, and damn! So flippin good!

hwalkerf
hwalkerf
3 years 4 months ago
flenser
flenser
3 years 4 months ago

My comfort foods all give me horrible indigestion these days. They always did, but now I recognize it. It doesn’t affect my cravings, though, I just have to plan to cheat when I can afford to be sick : )

barepaws
barepaws
3 years 4 months ago

What would Grok have eaten for comfort food?

Mantonat
Mantonat
3 years 4 months ago

Just watch Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and see what special treat he is given when he’s the guest of honor at a village banquet or around a campfire when he visits cultures that still live and eat more like our ancestors did.

Shary
Shary
3 years 4 months ago

Grok probably ate to stay alive and reasonably healthy, not for comfort. He had the right idea.

Peter
Peter
3 years 4 months ago

List made!

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john
john
3 years 4 months ago

It has to be peanut butter, not the wimpy smooth brand it has to be super crunchy.
mmmmmm

Pete
Pete
3 years 4 months ago
I’m lucky, my comfort food is chicken feet at yum cha (and I’m not even Chinese – I’m anglo Aussie). Mark is absolutely right about all the other factors in comfort food – chicken feet are my comfort food not only because they taste amazing, but because I have so many fond memories of meeting friends every Saturday/Sunday in my 20s for our weekly yum cha. The bustling atmosphere of the restaurant, the conversation and the friendship are all a huge part of why every time I hear the lady say “chicken feet” when I ask what’s on her cart,… Read more »
redsnapperuk
redsnapperuk
3 years 4 months ago

Yum cha!!!! Now you are talking! Miss that kind of eating here in the UK. Our local Chinese doesn’t do anything like that. They have roast chicken & chips on their menu!! 🙁

Jaybee86
Jaybee86
3 years 4 months ago

Raw oats drenched in pure maple syrup with some raisins ain’t nothing like it you people should give it a try simple and delicious cheat meal 🙂

Susan Alexander
3 years 4 months ago
Great post. I think it’s helpful to differentiate between pleasure and enjoyment. Pleasure, as I see it, comes from stimulating the brain’s reward system. A whole gamut of things do this – some of which are considered good and others not so good (food, sex, drugs, alcohol). Enjoyment, to me, is a different category. There may be some neurological similarities to pleasure, but enjoyment, as I see it, comes from things like connecting with others, challenging ourselves, and evolving throughout life. There’s nothing hedonistic about enjoyment. In contrast, there’s a fair amount of hedonism in pleasure. (I use hedonism here… Read more »
Catherine W
Catherine W
3 years 4 months ago

I have to give Mark points for using the word “imbricated.”

Jane Britton
Jane Britton
3 years 4 months ago
I avoid emotional eating, seeing it as a weakness. However this article reminded me of something. Food is about communion (socially) and that is emotionally driven isn’t it? Eating with friends, eating at a wedding, a birthday or any other social event. So emotional eating when bored, angry, sad, frustrated etc is still out of bounds for me… but I obviously still eat at social events. I do avoid bday cake and that sort of thing. I find it easy to not eat at social events. I don’t bow to pressure. I just change the subject. When people ask me… Read more »
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Wafaa
Wafaa
3 years 4 months ago

I find this interesting. I have some favorites and some foods do bring good feelings and are associated with good memories but I rarely turn to them for comfort or out of emotion.
I’m not sure why I don’t eat emotionally. I guess as a kid it just wasn’t a thing in our family to offer food when someone was feeling down or offer it as a reward for anything. Food is just food, for energy and nourishment. Plus it tastes good.

Caro
Caro
3 years 4 months ago

Thankfully many of my comfort foods involve beef 🙂 Unfortunately I also love white potatoes in many forms, cheese, chocolate (especially with mint), and lemony desserts. But I think my number one comfort dish of all time is bacon and avocado.

mo
mo
3 years 4 months ago

Julia Ross. Mood cure and diet cure in 1999 advocated a primal diet to increase amino acids and also amino acid supplements tor cravings. I have found good benefits with DLPA and GABA or comfort food cravings sugar and stress.

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Heda
Heda
3 years 4 months ago

Some of my favorite comfort foods were healthy. It just depends on what was most special from childhood. So while the chocolate peanut butter cookie dough and the baked mac and cheese is pretty bad, I also love the “sam sik suei” (red and mung beans with coconut milk and “leung fun” – grass jelly) I used to get at the local vietnamese/cantonese diner. While Mark may not approve of beans these are actually quite healthy.

Natalia Vergara
3 years 4 months ago
The reasons you stated about why we crave for comfort foods are all true. Sometimes the kinds of foods we eat depend upon our emotions, peer pressure, family background, etc. Although this might be the case, we can still change the way we feel about food and look for healthier alternatives to attain better health. You mentioned some tips on how to this can be achieved. Thanks for sharing your insights. I really liked your idea of writing the 100 things that can give me comfort aside from thinking mainly about foods. As the saying goes;”Eat to live. Do not… Read more »
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Chris
Chris
3 years 4 months ago
One thing I haven’t seen posted in the comments or webiste yet (though it’s possibly because I didn’t scour enough) is one of the main reasons carb/starch based comfort foods are so…. well… comforting. When a person eats carbohydrates and starches, the resultant chemical breakdown provides a veritable hodge-podge of chemical groups as we all well know. One of these chemical compounds that arises from carb/starch breakdown is in the opiate family, albeit a distant distant cousin. When I say opiates, I mean the family of morphine, dilaudid, etc. Now, don’t go panicking and thinking you’re going to end up… Read more »
cathy e
3 years 4 months ago

The whole idea of comfort foods is interesting because sometimes these are the foods that many people who gain weight are using to soothe some other deeper emotional issue. Emotional eating is probably a hard thing to kick especially when you want to diet. There are many reasons for weight gain for example, but emotional eating and comfort foods play a big role.

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Zorica Vuletic
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3 years 1 month ago

BBQ chicken wings made from my grandpa (Deda)!! Cabbage rolls! Insert pretty much all Jamaican food. Desserts: my mom’s apple pie. Banana bread with chocolate chips and coconut flakes. Coffee!!

I think that’s it. lol

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