I think comfort food has gotten a bad rap! Lets face it, it is probably food we should not include in our diet often, but sometimes it just lifts the mood and makes a person feel better.
I don't often have bad days, but today was one such day. I was very upset and barely holding it together. Which, if you know me is not really normal. I am typically the calm in the storm and the one supporting those having a bad day. I will give myself a pat on the back for just allowing my emotions to be present. You see, a few years ago I would have stuffed them deeper than the deepest sea and carried on as if nothing was wrong. I cried more today than I have in a long time. The tears felt like a beautiful release, yet there was a part of me that was wondering if I was going to turn it into a pity party. Although my pity parties are usually anger driven when I fall into one, so it was just a good release.
I digress, during this feeling crappy and weepy, some cookies appeared. I was offered one, and I said "I was trying not to eat my emotions" I used to eat my emotions as well and have really been conscious of that for 10 years. That cookie did look good and so I decided that one cookie was not really eating my emotions. That cookie tasted like it would have any other day, but within 10 minutes I felt better. That small cookie had secret powers! Ones that I did not know it held. The power to actually turn my outlook and mood around. The background story was still there, and I was still sad, however, I felt like I had been given a glimpse that all would be ok.
Just for good measure... I had another cookie...and enjoyed each bite as a bright spot in another wise gloomy day. I honored the power of said cookie by savoring it fully! Giving thanks to such a humble food for lifting me up.
Sometimes we just need comfort food. It does not mean we are out of control or that we are avoiding our emotions or issues. We are nurturing ourselves.
The amazing thing is that now I am sitting here wondering, if this small cookie had that kind of effect, how do other foods I eat play a part in my wellbeing? I am encouraged to give it a go and pay attention to what my body is saying when I eat the food to fuel me mind, body and soul.
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.