comfort food

America’s No. 1 Addiction: Food

Jenny Sansouci by Jenny Sansouci | January 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: addicted to food, brain chemicals, cocaine, comfort food, crack, cravings, detox, diet, DNA, dopamine, drug addict, emotional eating, epigenetics, exercise, fat, food addiction, Gaiam Inspirations, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, genes, gratification, healthy-eating, impulse control, meditate, meditation, mind, neurotransmitter, nicotine, nutrition expert, Pam Peeke, physician, pleasure, pre-frontal cortex, receptors, reward center, salt, stress hormones, sugar, The Hunger Fix, Whole Foods

Did you know that the brain has the same chemical reaction to sugary and fatty foods as it does to cocaine or nicotine? According to Dr. Pam Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, the chemical reaction happens before you even eat the food — all you have to do is think about it!

Dr. Peeke recently appeared on’s Gaiam Inspirations to talk about America’s food addiction and how to retrain your brain to make healthier choices. Dr. Peeke’s interest in the topic of food addiction started because of the way her patients talked about food. “I can’t get off this stuff.” “The withdrawal is killing me.” They sounded like drug addicts, and she started to wonder if there was a connection between food and addiction.

She found that there’s a very striking connection — and the same centers of the brain are involved that regulate drug addiction. And, she says, don’t think for a second the food industry hasn’t figured this out.

Chicken and Dumplings

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 13th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: beer, chicken and dumplings, comfort food, fall, gaiam cafe, kitchen, recipe, vegetarian, wine pairings

Chicken and Dumplings

Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and the Gaiam Café kitchen is swapping cool summer treats for warming fall foods. Chock full of fresh veggies, this recipe for Chicken and Dumplings is one comfort food dish that you can feel good about eating. Pair it with one of Chef Ruben’s wine or beer suggestions for a meal that takes the edge off. Vegetarian? Check out the meatless substitution suggestions at the end of the recipe!

Winter Foods For Optimal Health

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | December 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: citrus, comfort food, fruit, recipes, root vegetables, vegetables, winter, winter squash

Cold weather might not be the best motivator in terms of going out and exercising, but being stuck indoors is a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your kitchen and focus on healthy nutrition. Here are some suggestions for nourishing winter foods …

Comfort Foods, Now with Less Guilt!

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | October 31st, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: comfort food, fried foods, healthy-eating, seafood

The other day, my husband Chip and I were debating what to make for dinner. He said wistfully, “What I’d really like is fish and chips, with malt vinegar to douse the chips.”

Mmm, that did sound good. But I’d firmly resisted the temptation to get a deep fryer, even as I listened with private envy to my sister-in-law’s tales of making fried risotto balls, pumpkin donuts and light-as-air vegetable tempura with the shiny new deep fryer that she got for her birthday.