As an emotional eater, sometimes I can fool myself into thinking that the best thing to do after a hard day is indulge in my favorite foods. For me, the most awesome comfort foods in the world are:
Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a cold glass of almond milk)
Mac and Cheese (Truffle Mac and Cheese is a new favorite)
Quesadillas (melted cheese inside of a tortilla, extra points if there’s guacamole involved)
Homemade Chocolate Cake (you know when you place a scoop of ice cream on top and it starts to melt right in… *deep sigh*)
Some of my comfort foods are sweet, some are savory but the one thing they have in common?
They’re all WARM!
During #PSPfit Cycle 3, Abra brought up a good point on our weekly call when the girls were talking about comfort foods. She asked us if perhaps we’re finding comfort in the warmth of our food instead of the indulgent dishes we deem comforting.
A light bulb went off in my head. As an unmarried girl who lives alone, how often do I have a hot meal?
So, for the past few weeks I’ve been working hard to incorporate warm dishes into my meals. I add soup to my lunches at work (my office is freezing in the summer, so it feels good).
At home I’ve been making warm salads. Sometimes I sautee the ingredients fresh and create a warm salad and sometimes I make a salad cold and then put it in the oven until its warm. Warm Kale salads with salmon are my favorite!
Hot meals are real food. Hot meals nourish you. A Snickers bar tastes good, but after you’ve finished it, you don’t feel as if you’ve eaten. So you scrounge around for more and soon you find yourself standing in your kitchen eating cold pizza from three days ago.
If your life is arranged so that you don’t have time to eat a hot meal everyday–even if it’s soup or scrambled eggs, even if it’s vegetable pot pie heated in the microwave–it’s time to question your priorities.
Eating one hot meal a day is a way of saying that you want the real thing: a life of main courses. It is a way to begin giving yourself the real thing.
My issues with food are never going do go away, but I can begin to own them. Instead of being dragged down by comfort food that doesn’t support my health, I can redefine what is comforting to me so that I get what I need from food emotionally and physically.
The next time you’re craving an unsupportive comfort food, see if you can do a “hot remix” of a healthy option… it might make you feel better from the inside out. Just a thought!
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