I Like Cookies

Actu­al­ly, I love cook­ies. I’m con­sid­ered a bit of an expert (at least with­in my own fam­i­ly) on the mer­its of dif­fer­ent vari­eties of choco­late chip, though occa­sion­al­ly I’ll free­lance with a brown­ie or blondie. Or an oat­meal raisin.

Hon­est­ly, near­ly any­thing will do in a pinch. I espe­cial­ly like cook­ies when I’m feel­ing lone­ly, depressed, angry, frus­trat­ed, anx­ious, or despon­dent. Washed down with a cup of dark roast cof­fee, they cov­er the entire spec­trum of neg­a­tive emo­tions.

chocolate chip cookie

My brain cells like cook­ies, too. They enjoy the instant reward as the sug­ar trig­gers off a cas­cade of feel-good chem­i­cals bathing the brain’s plea­sure cen­ters.

And what harm has sug­ar ever done to any­one, any­way? (I mean, apart from dri­ving the slave trade through­out the eigh­teenth and nine­teenth cen­turies, of course.) Maybe a few den­tal cav­i­ties here or there?   An extra ten pounds of mid­dle aged spread? An epi­dem­ic of type 2 dia­betes, soon expect­ed to affect one in three Amer­i­cans before the age of 50?

Alzheimer’s dis­ease? Behav­ioral changes in chil­dren?   Osteo­poro­sis? High blood pres­sure and cho­les­terol? An epi­dem­ic of mal­nu­tri­tion despite being awash in excess calo­ries?

Dwelling on all these fright­ful con­se­quences can be upset­ting. For­tu­nate­ly, I have a reli­able strat­e­gy when I start to get upset about some­thing.  What should it be today? Those cran­ber­ry-orange scones look yum­my……


Deepen Your Body of Knowledge

Nutri­tion doc­tor says “My eat­ing as out of con­trol…”


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

This entry was posted in Anxiety, Depression and Stress, Nutrition & Diet, Personal Stories and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to I Like Cookies

  1. Dor Mullen says:

    I hear you! I’m 58 days in to the 30-day Whole30. I promise, blue­ber­ries start tast­ing like ice cream.

Comments are closed.