Want to talk about this concept termed comfort foods. Wikipedia defines comfort foods as traditional foods eaten that provides a nostalgic feeling. These foods are normally high in carbohydrates (and also sugar). The term was first added to Webster's Dictionary in 1977. The problem with this mindset is we are tying too much emotions to food and this has become a dangerous path for humanity. When one tie in happiness to food, money, clothes, or processions they tend to lean on those at a time of sorrow, sadness, or depression. How many people do you know turn to a certain food when they are depressed (normally foods high in sugar)? To answer that, probably many and here is why. As we discussed in a previous article, sugar has a cocaine like effect on the human brain so it provides a sensation of happiness. It is why people who are hooked on drugs like cocaine (or crack cocaine) will struggle to overcome that addiction if they do not confront the sadness (or issues) first. I say this to those struggling with weight loss and discipline to look to understand why you eat certain foods. Look within yourself and begin to deal with the areas of your life that cause sadness and/or self-disappointment. This is hard because this means doing the opposite of what society teaches which is to move on. But you can not move on until you first deal with your issues (your issues of low self-esteem and frustrations with missed opportunities). This is not easy and requires a great deal of support (for me I rely on my Christian faith) but this is a step that must happen if you are going to move a step closer to becoming a fit person in mind, body, and spirit because as you will see being truly fit and healthy requires we grow in all those areas. So I ask why do you eat, and how many times have you found yourself eating as a result of sadness, boredom, or to fit in at a social gathering?