There’s food that you just start craving when the weather is vortexing. I turn to soup, hearty meats, red wine and a touch of whiskey here and there.
- We are less active and less social in the winter, which could increase anxiety and depression and lead to stress eating and overconsumption. (I’m guilty of all mentioned here)
- Comfort foods are generally sweet, fatty and calorie-dense, which may help temporarily improve mood and alleviate anxiety or stress. In other words, many people may be self-medicating with these dishes. (Yup, this also sounds familiar)
- Lighter, cooler foods like fresh fruits and vegetables were historically less available during the winter, so there may be an inherent preference for foods that are in season like starchier vegetables.
- We may have a genetic tendency to seek out more calorie-dense food in the winter months because food historically was scarcer.
Lets self-medicate with comfort food this week – it may be a long winter! Below are my favorite winter recipes that will help with the vortex blues!