When Bagels with Cream Cheese Can’t Fix the Problem

Image courtesy of https://www.panerabread.com
Image courtesy of https://www.panerabread.com

I love junk food…no seriously I LOVE junk food!  Like most of you my desire for it is greater when stressed, tired, or just having a bad day.

My list of favorite comfort foods looks something like this

  1. Macaroni and Cheese
  2. Donuts
  3. Bagel with cream cheese
  4. Pizza
  5. French fries

Numbers two through five may change, but I doubt anything will ever dethrone mac and cheese as my favorite 🙂

Since this weeks been stressful my mind immediately started demanding a cinnamon crunch bagel with blueberry cream cheese from Panera bread after my english tutoring this morning.  And in less than thirty minutes I was devouring one (savoring every bite).


Something strange happened though…

My bagel didn’t make me feel any better

As a matter of fact it made me feel WORSE!

and yes I see the irony of a blog post entitled “the healing power of a cinnamon crunch bagel” being directly above my picture.

At first I was confused as to why a favorite comfort food would betray me like this, but then another thought occurred to me.

There are some problems that comfort food can’t fix.

Many of our challenges in life are emotional so while a huge amount of calories may make things feel better for a few moments, you can’t fix emotional problems with food (but that doesn’t keep us from trying).

That doesn’t mean we should completely give up on comfort food of course.  But it’s important to realize healing doesn’t come from what you eat, it comes from a relationship with God.

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