Day 16 - Comfort Food

In my first post, I talked about food making people, “feel comfortable and good.” I now understand that more than ever.

This sort of “emotional connection to food” is buried pretty deep inside of us. Think about all the foods you associate with good experiences: cake and ice cream at a party, Champaign at a wedding, popcorn at a movie, hot dogs at the ball park, those deep-fried cake dough and sugar abominations they always sell at carnivals… There’s some sort of universal experience, zeitgeist thing going on with these foods.

Now think about foods you associate with bad times: about all I can come up with is the taste of whiskey, which is probably more of a personal issue than a universal truth.

Whatever your “good and bad foods” list ends up looking like, I’m willing to bet the good is larger than the bad. I guess my point is that food goes pretty far beyond just staying alive. I’m eating plenty of food to just stay alive this month, but I’m not getting any “comfortable and good” vibes from this food, and I miss that.


Blogger Erynn said...

I'm quite concerned that you missed day 15 all together. I hope that your decreased calories aren't diminishing you counting abilities...

7:58 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

I didn't miss it, I just haven't posted it yet. I tend to write on a mix of my work PC, home PC, and Palm. Sometimes it takes a day or two to put it all together.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

It's not all that unusual, especially when you consider our body's response to food. Research suggests that eating many of the foods we love (which are usually the foods that are worst for us) actually triggers the release of neurotransmitters that make us feel good.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous amber said...

i definitely have bad food associations. i describe it as food that "tastes like poor" and it's all the stuff we had to eat when we were very poor, things like ramen and hamburger helper. ramen i can handle because i found ridiculous ways to cook it that made them taste better (cook the noodles and then pan fry them), but hamburger helper...just thinking about it makes me feel sick.

the difference is that the ramen happened when i was poor as an adult and at least felt i had some power over my choices. the hamburger helper happened when we were poor when i was a kid, and i had no control. i've never once bought hamburger helper to feed to my family and i never will.

8:51 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you have been hungry for a long time and you have a nice meal it is even more special though. Ditto when you have been eating the same meal for a long time and finally get some variety.

For example on a long 14-day backpack we somehow lost a bunch of food. I think my friend left all the food he was carrying behind a stump by the fire and didn't pack it up when we left. On the second-to-last day we finally cracked open this ridiculously huge bag of beef stew that we deliberately saved for that day. It was the best meal I have ever had in my life.

2:24 PM  
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