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Let’s be honest. Comfort food is a huge part of our lives whether we want to acknowledge it or not. We may not even be aware that some foods that we eat, change our moods dramatically.

By definition, comfort foods are foods that give you comfort, make you feel good, or remind you of your childhood or homemade foods. It can really be anything that makes you feel happier or nostalgic. It can also be foods that are may or may not be good for your health. But you know what? It makes us feel good and we need that extra push to help ourselves feel good sometimes, dang it!

Mac and Cheese is one example of comfort food. Why? Mac and Cheese is in so many children’s diets. I don’t know about you, but growing up in Hawai’i, I remember that blue box with that smiling macaroni in my pantry. Whether it came in that blue Kraft box or made fresh from scratch, it always brought feelings of comfort over me.

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Grilled cheese sandwiches paired with tomato soup is another great example of comfort food. I can’t remember any memories of me having this combination growing up, but as an adult I do. I have so many feelings that I’m unable to explain when eating this amazing duo. Maybe it’s the fact that when eating this, it feels warm the minute it touches your mouth and goes all the way down to your stomach. Maybe it’s getting to dip the sandwich into the soup and enjoying it that way. I’m not entirely sure, but the combination of these two foods always put me at ease.

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Love chocolate? Guess what? It’s DEFINITELY comfort food. Chocolate gives us happiness and temporarily makes us feel good. It’s sweet, they melt in your mouth (and hands), there are so many different varieties and different types, and you can incorporate chocolates into desserts for even more options. YUM.

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So why am I talking about this today? How did I come up with this topic? I chose this as my next blog topic because I was trying to remember all the things that made me happy. Do you know what most of my answers were? Aside from my family and friends, most of my answers were food related. Then I got to thinking, do I have any particular reasons for how these comfort foods just lifted me up or was it just a feeling that I had and there was no rhyme or reason to it.

Now, I’ll be honest. I’ve had challenges throughout my life (as we all do), but I have always felt the need to eat my feelings. If I was sad, I would eat. Happy? Well, of course, I’ll celebrate being happy by eating! If I was mad, I’d also eat to help calm myself down. Whatever I was feeling, I would more than likely turn to food.

So now I’ll share with you some of my favorite comfort foods.

Ramen. Any kind of ramen. Top Ramen, Maruchan, Cup o Noodles. You name it. They are super cheap and can easily be dressed up. Growing up, I remember eating A LOT of ramen. My grandma would scold me as to how much ramen I eat (and she still does today. The comfort for me comes from the memory of my grandpa. I would watch him in the kitchen, making these noodles, and he would crack an egg in it. At first, I thought he was crazy, but then I tried it and now I rarely have ramen without an egg in it.

Pork/Chicken Adobo. My grandma would make this a lot growing up. Even after we moved here to California, she would make it occasionally. Sometimes there would be no sabaw (which is the best part), other times it would be burned. But what I got from that are memories that I can remember where I would laugh with her about how it was burnt.

Beef Stew. It’s warm, it’s comforting and so full of flavor. Plus, there were loads of potatoes in there. If you know me, then you know that I LOVE potatoes. Probably a little less than how much I love meat. But I. LOVE. POTATOES. I don’t even really have a clear memory of why I love this so much. I know that my grandma used to make it for me in Hawai’i. But I think that’s enough of a reason for me to consider it comfort food.

Now that I’ve shared with you some of my favorite comfort foods, let me know down in the comments down below what your favorite comfort foods are! I’d love to know what they are!

Ciao for now!

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