Please know I am not saying that slim depressed people have it better. Depression in all of its manifestations of behavior is a harrowing existence. Even more distressing is when one knows what makes one feel better and is unable to do it…due to the paralysis of depression. It’s an evil, evil thing.
This leads me to this week’s topic for Monday Listicles: Food. The topic was suggested by blogger extraordinaire, Beth. The leader of Monday Listicles, Stasha, has instructed that the topic is open to interpretation. So, I chose to share with you the 10 foods that keep me physically filled-out while I am depressed.
I seriously considered moving 55 miles east to Zanesville, Ohio where Conn's Salt and Vinegar chips are made. They are by far, the best Salt and Vingar chip ever made. I know, because I've tried them all.
My favorite way to eat this creamy goodness is with a spoon right out of the jar, but there are several ways to enjoy this luscious nut meal: on warm toast, as an apple dip, smothered on top of an Oreo cookie. Ironic that this spread was first introduced in the United States to sanitarium patients by Dr. John Harvey Kellog. If those patients had the same experience that I do when eating peanut butter, it was the one time during their day in which they felt sane.
Nutella has become quite popular as I have noticed many Nutella based goodies, like the fudge pictured above, posted on Pinterest as of late. But I've been digging into jars of Nutella for years. I don't have the discipline to cook or bake with it. The most patience I have is waiting for the toast to pop from the toaster and quickly getting that spread applied to assure a tremendous amount melting of the chocolate-hazelnut goodness onto my hot flaky bread. (Did you know Nutella was created by a pastry maker during World War II due to the shortage of chocolate?)
When I bring home hummus and pita chips from the grocery store on Monday, they are gone by Monday night. I've turned out the entire family. And if the pita chips are gone before the hummus, scooping it out with your finger not only gets you more of the yummie goodness, the rest of the family runs away from the table in horror, leaving you alone with your hummus. Perfect.
Coffee-mate has made luxurious dairy flavorings accessible to the common folk and I couldn't be happier. My condition of lactose intolerance is not a hindrance to me enjoying these feel-good flavors added to my favorite anti-depressant, coffee. Oh sure, there's tons of sugar and fat, but remember, I'm depressed. And, if you look carefully in your grocery's dairy section, there are now a few fat-free and sugar-free varieties Plus, if you can't figure out how to make these yummie liquids work for you, the Coffee-mate website has recipes. Yes, recipes. I see no need to go beyond "pour half the bottle into coffee and stir", but whatever.
My lactose intolerant gut always fails to send the "DO NOT EAT" message to my eyes when I see pizza flashing in a television commercial, staring from the grocer's freezer, or delightfully offering coupons via the mailbox. And there are always excuses to order pizza: no time to cook, the girls would love me more, the football game is on, girls have friends coming over, etc. My pizza of choice: The Works from Papa John's.
7. Ice Cream
Yes, there is such a thing as dairy free ice cream, but it doesn't taste good. Yes, you have read correctly in the above points. I am lactose intolerant. I love ice cream. It makes me feel good. And the tumultuous gas it causes provides me an excuse to hide away alone in my room, which fits perfectly with being depressed. Of course my favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby due to the "fudge covered PEANUT BUTTER filled pretzels in vanilla malt ice cream rippled with fudge & PEANUT BUTTER."
These belly killers are for when I am at the lowest of my lows. Brought to you directly from the convenient store just a few block away.
This one I can pass off as a good meal choice for the entire family. Really, it's just creamy-good comfort food.
This one can also be passed off as a good meal choice for the entire family. The key is to only make it when family is around. Otherwise, it becomes and over-sized pan to enjoy on my own during a marathon of America's Next Top Model (if I actually watched such a horrific soft-porn flick being passed off as a reality show).
What are your go-to foods when you're feeling bad?
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