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Comfort Food & You

Mar 29, 2013

When it comes to eating “right,” many of us have our own version of what this means. With all of the general knowledge out there today, we know that we should consume upwards of sixty-four ounces of water daily, choose lean proteins, along with whole grains, fruits and veggies, yadda, yadda, yadda. Right? We know to pair a healthy diet with vigorous activity on most days of the week. Along with that knowledge, the fact remains that losing weight is still is struggle for so many. But why?

Obviously there are a multitude of reasons, but stress serves as one of the main roadblocks to weightloss success for many people, and what are we most inclined to do to combat that stress? We seek to de-stress and relax by employing our own coping mechanism, and most often comfort foods do just that! You crave your favorite candy, mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese, cherry pie, or that delicious caramel corn from the boardwalk!

Since we all have different comfort foods, the reason why they comfort us is that they trigger the release of chemicals in our brains that make us feel happier, calmer, and an overall sense of well-being. This is due to the fact that our brains tie foods to memories and emotions that provided similar feelings. But why the guilt that comes along with indulging in the foods that make us feel happy?

Unfortunately, we live in a society that places so much emphasis on failure and weakness, that the average person tends to then feel bad about themselves due to the perception of being judged by others. We feel guilty for craving the things that we know to be detrimental to our health, yet we do it anyway, and the cycle continues.

Comfort food in and of itself isn’t bad for you once and a while, but should be kept to just that—once in a while! If a consistently healthy diet is followed more often than not, the occasional indulgence is not going to throw you off your game. One bad meal won’t make you fat, just like one healthy meal won’t make you fit! It is all about your willpower and determination to succeed…and your training of course!

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