Simple things can make us feel strongly, drastically, different. For me, one of those things is comfort food. I might be depressed, exhausted, or angry. Comfort foods, whether I have to prepare them or just pop them in the microwave, make me feel better. I associate them with better times and better feelings.
Suddenly, I’m not as sad or angry. I can find a little energy where I thought there wasn’t any. I can see a little light where things are dark.
Can comfort foods be dangerous? Certainly. It can be all to easy to fall into emotional eating – to eat, rather than deal with the emotions and issues that are behind the need for comfort.
But it’s also true that sometimes what we need is a reminder of family, better times, or just a bit of sun seen/felt through the rain.
So for me, comfort foods are a connection to those things. They help me move from seeing the darkness to being able to look for the light.