Have you ever come home from a long, stressful day at the office, and wanted nothing more than to plunge into a pint of ice cream or a bag of potato chips? It’s a familiar feeling: All of us have comfort foods in which we sometimes seek solace, especially during seasons of high anxiety.
What you may not know is that there’s real science behind the idea of “comfort foods.” Foods that are rich in sugar, fat, or carbs stimulate the brain’s pleasure and reward centers; they produce a kind of “high,” which can help you sail through moments of stress of frustration.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with indulging in comfort foods from time to time—but discretion is key. These foods are fundamentally unhealthy and indulging too often can invite real peril to your physical health. They can also become a kind of self-medication, preventing you from seeking more meaningful forms of stress management. And, when you indulge in comfort foods too often, it can become addictive.
Comfort Foods and Your Recovery
These are important points for all of us, but in particular for those who are in addiction recovery. Maintaining physical and mental wellbeing is paramount to making a full recovery and indulging in too many junk foods is only going to compromise your strength and make you less able to withstand the rigors of recovery.
What’s more, it can become all too easy to swap one addiction for another, using eating as a crutch rather than really getting to the root of your issues.
As you pursue a life free from addiction, keep in mind that food really does play a role in enhancing your mood; science confirms it! However, comfort foods should be used sparingly, and never as fill-ins for the real work of recovery.
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