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During this epidemic, we’re stuck at home, we can’t socialize, and we limit our time outside…but not outside the refrigerator!
Many studies prove that very often, people under stress turn to foods, especially ‘comfort foods.” These foods often remind us of happy times in our lives, or people we love, or have positive associations. The choices are as individual as each of us are, but there are some sex linked characteristics; women often seek comfort in sweet and sugary foods, like ice cream, while men prefer savory foods like steak.
Personally, my comfort food is potato chips (with or without dip). I associate it with parties and there’s something about the crunch that just does it for me. (In fact, years ago a Kris Kringle gift given to me by a co-worker was a huge box with ten large bags of chips in different flavors. I”m still grateful, Patty!)
I’ve been enabled in my cravings by potato-chip companies that have been conducting Manhattan Project-level research to come up with new flavors (I”m looking at you, Lays! Bring back Garden Tomato and Basil!).
Sadly, the combination of limited outside time and gym closures means I must find a substitute for my fave, or I’ll have to butter my thighs to get through doorways. Right now the leading contender is chocolate Cheerios…
…but what about you? What’s your favorite comfort food, and why? Let us know in the comments!