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Comfort vs. Comfort Food


Friday, August 16, 2013



Do they really? Yes, I know ... for the moment or two that we're eating them, we do seem to feel better. We're distracted, that's some of it. But, during the eating, our body does produce feel good chemicals and we do feel better. We're in a happier space.




When we arrive in the grocery store, we know exactly where to go to scope out our comfort foods ... as if there were a sign above the area locating them for us. We're drawn to them. We know what it is that our body is craving, what it is asking us for. As if those foods speak to us.


Perhaps we should hear messages from our food. Wouldn't that be awesome?! If our foods truly did comfort us, offered us messages of comfort. Would it go something like this?

Truly, that would be nice!


My dear friend is thinking that she's going to need some comfort this weekend. She's facing a really tough time in her life. Something she's never had to face before. Something she's been trying to prepare herself for, but she feels so inept. We've talked about it. She's cried. I've hugged her and offered my ear and my shoulder. Yesterday, I left her a package on her desk. A pretty Vera Bradley cooler bag with a frozen cold pack in it and a package of frozen cream peas ...

They'll be so sweet and tasty, full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, some protein and some complex carbs to hold her blood sugar stable while her stress level is all over the map this weekend. I wrote out my recipe for preparing them. She's all set! Well, as set as we can prepare her for in advance!

She walked over to my work area with tears streaming down her cheeks. She kept saying how wonderfully cared for she felt. Oh what a little bag of cream peas can do ... and a friend with a listening ear and a strong shoulder. Much better than an aisle of comfort foods in the market!



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POUTINGPEGGY 8/17/2013 8:23AM

    What a thoughtful thing to do. I hope your friend is ok. She is lucky to have you to share. There's a saying, 'A problem shared is a problem halved.' I have never heard of creamed peas, I expect we know them by another name. God bless.

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4RASCALS 8/16/2013 9:14PM

    What a wonderful thing to do. She is lucky to have you as a friend.

Have a great weekend.

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TERMITEMOM 8/16/2013 7:06PM

    Cathy, how lucky she is to have you as a friend!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/16/2013 4:14PM

    Cathy, that was such a very sweet thing for you to do for your friend. You are such a sweetheart!

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KATHYJO56 8/16/2013 3:35PM

    Cathy, What a loving and caring soul you are! That was a beautiful thing that you did for that lady. I wish that those type of peas were available in my area, but I can't find them, not even at Whole Foods.

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TUBLADY 8/16/2013 2:41PM

    That was a lovely thing to do. I have never thought of peas as a snack. Have to give that a second thought.
I make sure I load up my cart with all my fruits and veggies before i venture anywhere near the bakery section. Sometimes i stand in front of the donut, sweet roll and just look at them. I think how many calories, how much un needed sugar each would give me. I smile and pass them up. Instead reach for one of my fresh red or black grapes that I have in my cart..
Sometimes it's hard to ignore the urge for some comfort food. That's when I call upon my control to limit what I eat. I see no harm in having a bite of something, if one can limit the portions, it makes living in this world full of sweet, starchy cheesy food much more bearable and easy.
Most days it's a balancing act to make sure I eat the right amount of needed food and still enjoy what I am eating and don't reach a point I feel deprived.
When one feels deprived day in and out , that's when people usually give up.
Take care,
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KITT52 8/16/2013 12:46PM

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GINA180847 8/16/2013 11:50AM

    Good for you Cathy and it made you feel very good too. Those are the benefits of being a caring person!

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SHIRLA7 8/16/2013 9:52AM

    Great Blog Cathy! You are such an emoticon friend!
Happy Friday my dear friend! emoticon

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CAROLLEE57 8/16/2013 9:40AM

    Great bl! emoticon og

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REGILIEH 8/16/2013 9:33AM

    How VERY sweet you are and such a GOOD friend!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/16/2013 9:15AM

    Yes ........ a true friend ........ far better than what a chocolate candy bar would do! ........... Hope she gets better too .......... :)

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DEEDAYE 8/16/2013 8:51AM

    She is fortunate to have a friend like you! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 8/16/2013 8:36AM

    such a wonderful thing to do for her. wow. I can see how it would touch her

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IRISHEI 8/16/2013 8:27AM

    Cathy,
How very thoughtful of you to give your friend something comforting to eat that is healthy too. Your awesome friendship is a blessing. She is so lucky to have you near. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day and keep "sparkin" God bless.
hugs, Irish Ei emoticon emoticon

p.s. Is your recipe easy to make or in Spark recipes?

Comment edited on: 8/16/2013 8:29:14 AM

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LAC936 8/16/2013 8:19AM

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SUNSHINEGB 8/16/2013 7:37AM

    Caring, comforting friends like you are much better than any comfort foods. What you did for your friend is truly wonderful Cathe!
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NANFACEMIRE1 8/16/2013 7:29AM

    Cathy, what a wonderful thing to do for your friend. Besides being there for her, you gave her some of your creamed peas (I know how much you love those) and how good they will be FOR her as well as tasty. You always do such nice things for everyone and have the right words.....You are a true friend and wonderful person. I am so happy to know you.

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MICKEYH 8/16/2013 7:28AM

    You are such a sweetheart. emoticon emoticon

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DARLY55 8/16/2013 7:25AM

    Friends beat food anytime! Well done.

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LITTLEBRUNO 8/16/2013 7:20AM

    You are a very thoughtful and kind hearted woman. We could all only wish to have a friend like you.



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BIGPAWSUP 8/16/2013 7:17AM

    Awesome - you are such a sweetie!!!

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MALEXANDER4 8/16/2013 6:56AM

    Thank you for sharing. That was so sweet.

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JBASKETT63 8/16/2013 5:44AM

    Fantastic.

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CHRISTASP 8/16/2013 5:33AM

    Very good blog. And so true.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/16/2013 5:03AM

    Wonderful!

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AJR2013AJR 8/16/2013 5:01AM

    Wow! That is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your story with us. emoticon emoticon

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YMWONG22 8/16/2013 4:23AM

  You are a fantastic friend. You inspire me to be a better person. I wish I can emulate your virtues and be comforting to someone in my life when in need of help.
Thank you for sharing your experience.
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KENTUCKYWOMAN 8/16/2013 4:07AM

    Cathy, you are the best kind of friend. Most people would have given her a box of candy or something else just as bad for her. I don't think I have ever seen creamed peas frozen, hum, something to look for.
Much Love,
Joan

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