Comfort food is usually associated with two things – good memories and calorie-rich food. The fear in taking in so much comfort food has nothing to do of course with the warm memories of childhood days but with those food that brings instant gratification to the body because of its richness in texture, flavor, and calories. To my mind however, indulging one’s self with comfort food once in a while is not a bad thing. In fact, it can be a means to gaining positive feelings at a time when it is most needed.
Comfort Food Promotes Positive Feelings
If there is any major advantage of indulging in some comfort food, it would be the fact that they actually give rise to positive feelings. Psychologists agree that these feelings are mainly triggered by happy memories more than anything else. The sense of familiarity that overcomes a person when eating them comes automatically and without effort.
Comfort Food Can Be Healthy
It is such a sweeping generalization to say that all comfort food are unhealthy. It has to be noted that comfort food are often associated with childhood. It is a fact that most parents take care to provide only the best for their growing children and that includes giving healthy food. The slow cooking method of yesteryears is evidently far healthier than how most convenience food are prepared today.
Comfort Food Can Be Made Healthy
Given the fact that some comfort food are too calorie-rich to be considered healthy even when eaten infrequently, there is always the option of making a healthier version. One can treat the modification as helping to perpetuate a tradition. Family members can whip up their own versions, giving more reasons for family to come together.
Comfort Food Intake Can Be Regulated
Just like anything else, the consumption of comfort food of the caloric kind becomes bad when carried to the extremes or at least beyond the amount which can still be efficiently handled by the body. Anything that goes beyond what is considered good for human consumption presents the same risks. The key is learning to regulate intake while enjoying the real taste of food.
Comfort Food Offers an Option
Comfort food will always be an option to look into no matter what. It is there to be tried or not. The important thing is that it is available or can be made available if and when people start craving for comfort that can only come from delicious food that may come with memories Â and calories.