We all go through this…comfort eating. Probably the best way to mend a broken heart, ease the pain of a stressful day or just because you bloody feel like it if you’re feeling sorry for yourself.
Cambridge Dictionary defines comfort food as ‘the type of food which people eat when they are sad or worried, often sweet food or food that people ate as children’
My personal favourite comfort food? Pasta. And lots of it. Chocolate. Crisps. Anything that is stodgy and that I know is bad for me. And you know what? It helps. I recently had to say goodbye to my boyfriend for three weeks - the longest we’ve been apart. At first I did not want to eat, but then I discovered the secret stash of chocolate - and it felt good. My tears were dried after a couple (slash multiple) squares of Dairy Milk, infusing some much needed seratonin into my system.
Studies have shown that comfort eating really can beat the blues and reduce that depressed feeling we all sometimes get; how comfort food is linked to childhood memories; and how certain foods remind us of certain times and relationships. For more information read this article:
Comfort food is essentially any food that can fill you up and provide you with a warm, satisfied feeling (or as if you’re about to burst). Hearty meals and many carbs come to mind when comfort food is mentioned. BBC Good Food have some cracking recipes - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/favourites/comfort-food/
My ultimate advice for comfort food - fresh pesto pasta with lots of grated cheese - ready to eat in a matter of minutes, and pesto never disappoints. Ask anyone who knows me, they know I love this simple dish. Yes of course I appreciate finer foods and culinary cuisine, but you know what, if you’re ever feeling down, comfort food and (if you can hack it) some company will never fail to cheer you up.