Sad? Lonely? Well, Eat Up!!
They call it "Comfort Food" for a reason! A new study finds that it's the perfect name for it!
Comfort Foods Fight Loneliness
Mashed potatoes, meatloaf, gumbo or rice and gravy may be bad on the waistline, but good for mental health, psychologists say. In a new study, volunteers were asked to spend several minutes writing about a fight with a friend or loved one. Then some in the study were asked to write about their favorite comfort foods. Others were even served chicken soup if they had previously indicated they enjoyed it. Researchers found those who thought about or ate comfort foods reported reduced feelings of loneliness. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, found comfort foods were consistently associated with those people close to them – so thinking about or consuming these foods serves as a reminder of those close to them.
Of course, if gaining the extra weight is going to depress you, you might want to consider a good plan "B". the good news about that is that exercise can also lift your spirits!