Today was the chilliest day we’ve had here in New York so far this fall—and aside from making me want to dig out my winter jackets from the back of the closet, cooler weather also kind of makes me want to eat.
When the wind gets crisp like this, I want to get cozy, and chop, and cook, and bake, and then sit down and have something warm and comforting to eat. It’s very natural and normal—but, with a history of disordered eating, sometimes I’m not completely sure what part of me is thinking about the food. The healthy part of me that simply wants comforting nourishment and pleasurable food? Or the old emotional eater part of me who wants an excuse to eat?
So, today, when I found myself thinking I wanted to get cozy in the kitchen, and my thoughts turned to chocolate-chip pumpkin bread, I decided to give myself a break from sugar and look for a healthy dinner recipe to try instead. (Might as well be safe than sorry—why set myself up to overeat if I’m not sure where these cravings are coming from? If I’m still craving pumpkin bread next weekend, and it seems normal, I can make it then and take the leftovers to work!)
I made this beef and bean chili from Real Simple—and I scratched my baking itch too, by whipping up these corn muffins with nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (not my favorite, I wouldn’t make this particular recipe again, although John loved them).
Are any of you having colder-weather cozy-food cravings? If so, does it scare you or feel like a normal part of your appetite ups and downs? xo…Sunny