Licking My Wounds & the Fine Art of Comfort Food

Have you been dealt a psychological blow that was so powerful that you feel physically? I got mine recently from someone I thought was a close friend someone I care so deeply about. I won’t bore you with the details of why he did what he because I don’t even understand why he did what he did to me.

I sit here a gaping hole in my stomach. No dark chocolate in the world will make me feel better. But I think of mash potatoes, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip cookies and cheeseburgers. The stress from this situation is debilitating. Does comfort food help with dealing with stress?

According to a study conducted by the University of California in San Francisco on chronic stress. “Our studies suggest that comfort food applies the brakes on a key element of chronic stress,” says study co-author Norman Pecoraro, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of senior author Mary Dallman, PhD, UCSF professor of physiology.” (University of California, 2003).

In the short term, if you’re chronically stressed it might be worth eating and sleeping a little more to calm down, perhaps at the expense of gaining a few pounds,” says Pecoraro. “But seeking a long-term solution in comfort foods – rather than fixing the source of the stress or your relationship to the source of the stress — is going to be bad for you.” (University of California, 2003).

I totally agree with Dr. Pecoraro, but sometimes you can’t fix the relationship and have to learn to just let it go. There’s freedom in this and a few chocolate chip cookies couldn’t hurt. I thank my lucky stars I have the comfort of family and close friends. Hopefully I won’t add too much to my mid drift.

I highly recommend “Comfort-food Cravings May Be Body’s Attept To Put Brake On Chronic Stress“.

University of California – San Francisco. September 11, 2003. “Comfort-food Cravings May Be Body’s Attempt To Put Brake On Chronic Stress”, ScienceDaily. Retrieved on March 7, 2006 from

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