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by Ssregina Regina (2019-05-22)


How often as a child or being the parent of a child, LumaSlim have you found comfort in food? Specifically, when experiencing an injury or loss of some sort, you were either offered or helped yourself to some food to "ease the pain". These are examples of how we view food as medicine. Of course, there are many foods available that are able to ease the pain by actually being good for the body. But, I am not talking about those types of food. Oh no, I am referring to what can also be considered as "comfort foods" and the shelves are jam-packed full of these. These foods are not meant to heal the body; they are meant to heal the emotions.Foods such as ice cream, soda, candies of every stripe, burgers, french fries, milkshakes, potato chips, Doritos, mashed potatoes topped with home-made gravy and the like make up just a sampling of what are known as comfort foods. These are foods we were raised on and spoon-fed whenever a crisis arose. Whether it was due to the death of a loved one, a skinned knee from falling off the bicycle, or striking out in that Little League ballgame, comfort foods were always there to ease the pain.As time passed and adulthood set in, all those comfort food scenarios were brought with us into adulthood to be passed down to our children and shared with friends and family. Even as the toll continued to be exacted on our now-aging bodies in the form of not only being overweight to obese but seeing the onset of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, we amazingly continued to run to comfort foods to ease the pain of our most recent form of suffering: being overweight, out of shape and literally eating our way to an early grave one bite at a time!

 

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