It’s all-too-easy to reach for a plate of cookies or a huge bowl of macaroni and cheese when you had a rough day. I know that I am 100 percent guilty of eating poorly for all the wrong reasons. I find myself eating when I’m in a bad mood or if something in front of me just looks good— even if I’m not hungry.
Comfort Foods are a Temporary Fix
Most of us have our own favorite comfort foods— foods that we eat in hopes of consoling ourselves, or favorite foods that act as a security blanket— that we eat for a variety of reasons, maybe even the reasons I mentioned above. A few popular comfort foods are meat loaf and mashed potatoes, warm apple pie, fresh-baked brownies, spaghetti with meatballs, or even homemade chicken noodle soup.
There’s nothing wrong with eating foods that you enjoy, but moderation is the key. A diet high in fat and carbohydrates but low in protein and other important nutrients can lead to health problems aside from the obvious one— weight gain.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Whenever I overindulge in sweet desserts or salty goodies, I tend to feel better for a short while only to regret it after the fact. Certain foods can cause spikes in our blood sugar, then cause a quick drop that leaves you feeling worse than you did before you ate them.
Food Guide Pyramid
Many doctors recommend eating a good mix of foods from the Food Guide Pyramid. Several changes have been made over the years, but the current Food Pyramid approved by the United States Department of Agriculture is comprised of the following categories:
- Meat and Beans
Eating a healthy, balanced diet has more benefits that you may realize. It can usually improve your mood as well as your physical well-being. If you take prescription medications for a chronic medical condition, as I do, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctors about finding the proper balanced diet for your needs. Good luck, and feel free to share your stories with us!
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information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.