The Psychological Benefits of Comfort Food
Everyone loves to cozy up to a warm plate of comfort food, but did you know the reasons why you love it go beyond taste? Comfort food has proven psychological benefits – just thinking about it has positive effects on your brain! Read on to find out how comfort food gives your mental health a boost.
It brings back good memories.
Comfort food is comforting because you associate it with warm, happy memories and it evokes those feelings whenever you eat it. Your favorite comfort foods were likely served to you by a loved parent or caregiver when you were young and eating those foods will bring up feelings that are reminiscent of happy times from your childhood.
It makes you feel less lonely.
You likely first enjoyed your favorite comfort foods surrounded by loved ones and even when you eat those same foods by yourself, you get the comforting feelings of togetherness and belonging that you had back then.
It improves your mood.
With each bite of your favorite comfort food dish, good memories and thoughts of loved ones flood your subconscious and your mood gets an automatic boost.
When you’re feeling stressed, upset or a little blue, reach for the comfort food for a quick pick-me-up and Lee’s is a great option. From our Famous Recipe chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy to Oven Roast chicken with green beans, our menu is full of warm, comforting dishes that will take your mind to simple, happy times. Find the Lee’s location nearest you to get your comfort food fix today.