FYI: This took a month to write…sorry for infrequent posting.
Often times we think of comfort food as a food we fondly remember eating as a child or a special dish we religiously make for a holiday. Grandpa’s ‘German’ potato salad at amBBQ…drool.
Sometimes it’s a dish a loved one makes you when you’re sick with a cold.
Or maybe a hot meal you share with your love on a snowy night.
But what role should food play when you’re going through something sad? I’m not going to lie, it’s been a really rough time for me lately. And one of the few things that has given me a ‘little’ bit of happiness in a very dark place has been food.
I have managed to continue to eat healthy much through the holidays and into the winter. But in a sad time, sometimes you just need ‘a glass of coca cola.’ Or some mac and cheese. Or some chocolate.
So yes, I’ve taken ‘comfort’ in some foods that aren’t the best for me. And yes, the scale has reflected that. But it was needed. And appreciated. And calming. And distracting. But this week I’m ‘back in the saddle again.’ And surprisingly it has been pretty easy, and ‘comforting,’ to eat the healthy way again.
Regardless, we all deal with pain differently. However, it isn’t safe to continue that pattern. I’m glad my brain has been rewired to acknowledge the difference.
My tail is between my legs this morning. When the news broke last week of this massive flu epidemic, I scoffed at the report. I hadn’t had the flu in over 10 years, and I’ve never had the flu shot. In fact, I believe the whole flu shot thing is a bunch of hocus pocus. I’ll never get it…
So now I have the flu. I feel like I’ve been hit by a train.
I’ve been doing really well with the diet too. I’ve introduced a few new foods back into my diet- tomatoes, potatoes, beef, corn and garlic. I did have some reactions to garlic, but we’ll see.
This flu is a test- a test to see if I can get past it without eating any bread. All my ‘sick’ comfort foods center around wheat. Noodle soup, saltine crackers, toast with jam… and I can’t have any of that. The real punch in the stomach is that I don’t have an appetite either. The thought of eating anything else makes me nauseous. I’ve made due- rice cakes with jam, lightly salted potato chips, oatmeal. Tomato soup with gluten free bagel chips. It hasn’t been easy though. And with the limited amount of energy I have, I haven’t been able to think creatively.
It makes mad and sad that we, as a world, have become so dependent on wheat. And why are ‘comfort foods’ center around wheat too? When I’m back on my feet again, I’m going to plan for the next time this happens. I will think of better ways to ‘comfort’ myself when I’m sick, yet still maintain a healthy diet.
What do go to eat when you’re sick? What are your comfort foods?
My husband’s mother makes this soup that is soooo good, you can’t pass it up! And the best part is how easy it is. I think the hardest part of making this soup is opening all the cans! Here goes:
Brown: 1 1/2 pounds ground beef and 1 large onion
Add: One packet of taco mix
Add: 3-4 cans of beans (black, dark red, white, Great Northern, pinto or ever chick peas) drained, 28oz. can diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz can Del Monte diced tomatoes with mild chillies or jalepenos, 1 small can of sliced black olives drained, 1 can of corn with liquid, 1 small can of tomato sauce
Bring to a low boil and then simmer for an hour and a half.
Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips and cheddar cheese.
You can treat this as a soup, chilli or even nachos. It’s a great meal on a cold rainy night like tonight!!!