Beyond Comfort Food

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I’ve been trying not to give in to the urge to eat comfort food. I guess comfort food varies from person to person, but mine tends to be noodles (and other starches) and sweets (especially chocolate). So the high calorie stuff that’s going to help me gain weight and inevitably feel worse about myself.

Part of why I want to eat it is because it makes me think of good times with family or my childhood. Plus, it tastes really good. So it gives comfort and pleasure.

This week, I realized that I have some other comfort things. Like comfort jewelry. Some pieces I really like that I also have emotional attachment to – like if someone special gave them to me. I didn’t really notice that it was comfort jewelry until last week when I saw that I was wearing the same pieces over and over again and actually thought about why.

That made me think of other possibilities. Like comfort clothing. Stuff that’s really comfortable but also flattering or that I’m really fond of. Stuff that makes me feel warm and safe (almost like a hug). I have comfort scents, too. Some smells automatically raise my mood – smells that remind me of home and my childhood or certain holidays or events.

I wonder if comfort food is like security blankets and favorite stuffed animals when you’re a kid. We think we lose those needs, but do we really?

I think I’m going to try to find as many of these comfort things as possible. Then, when I’m feeling down and craving comfort food, I can surround myself with other comfort options that are healthier.

What about you? Do you have any things like that?

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