I don’t know about you but I have been in crisis this entire month. Don’t you feel like the election has been going on forever? I feel like it’s a bad dream tattooed on my brain.
First it was the primaries and now it’s the daily polls, the accusations, the insanity of porcine wearing makeup, the lies, the foreclosures, the financial crisis, the YouTube videos, mother nature destroying lives and property, the bailouts, the price tags, the gas prices, the gas shortages in some parts of the country, the power outages, the 95+ heat in Arizona, the talk show hosts, the talking heads and headless henchmen, the desperation of people on the brink.
Thank goodness for a little levity on Saturday Night Live.
Do you remember how the population at large became larger in girth after 9/11? It was a national phenomenon in mass weight gain. As we sat glued to our TV sets, watching the slow motion replays of the twin towers crumbling until our hearts burst from our chests. People ate and they ate frequently.
When someone dies, most cultures have a memorial and then eat. People eat to break bread together, to pass the time in a familar supportive activity. They eat to heal the heart and become whole again.
After hurricane Katrina, people once again sat mesmerized watching the suffering and devastation and ate. Although the weight gain was far less than after 9/11.
I don’t know about you but I feel like eating comfort food. Since I’m in the throes of a low glycemic diet that is hard to do but I crave comfort food about now…some warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookies where the chips are slightly melted, washed down with a nightcap of cold milk and bourbon sounds just about right.
What are you favorite comfort foods and why? Under what conditions or situations do you turn to comfort foods?