I don’t know about you but there’s something about the change of seasons that causes me to give into fall food cravings. I just do not want to try as hard when it comes towards eating right.
It’s not just fall either, each new season brings upon different cravings. The first weeks of winter makes me want stews. In spring it’s delicate cakes. In summer it’s all about ice cream and BBQ!
Since fall is here, I want to explore some possible factors that create relentless fall food cravings.
I wonder if my personal fall food cravings has to do with the fact that I love American football. While watching football you are exposed to a lot of commercials advertising nothing but the worst types of food you can imagine.
I counted twenty-one food & beer advertisements during one quarter of football last Sunday!
With so many advertisements going on it’s no wonder we get odd food cravings. After hours of watching football, we all start craving foods such as fried chicken wings, cheesy nachos, and XXL hot dog pretzel pizza!
All bad for our bodies but they look so good on your TV.
Could it be the anticipation?
American football is all about celebrating with others while cheering on your team. Majority of the sports during the summer time are boring. So once fall rolls around, it’s time to celebrate our favorite sports starting back up!
What better way to celebrate then by getting your feast on!
As Americans, we have this “Go Big Or Go Home” mentality. The bigger an object is the better. That’s why those commercials are so out of hand. They are trying to give you a sensory overload of foods in our weakest moments.
Whether at the game, a sports bar, hotel room or your living room, be careful of those commercials!
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Fall is a very interesting time of the year. You start September off in t-shirts and short shorts. But by the time October arrives, you’re most likely sporting long sleeve shirts and pants.
Seeing the change in clothing can be a bit depressing. We all go from seeing lots of skin during the hot months, to everyone being covered up. That’s a sign that the “Summer of Love” is officially over.
Once summer is over, we know the cold will be coming. Due to wearing layers of clothing in the fall, maybe our brains feel that it no longer has to impress the opposite sex.
If we aren’t displaying the goods on a regular basis, why should we be strict with our eating habits? The cool fall air seems to activate that type of thinking and encourages us to give into fall food cravings.
HOME COOKED COMFORT FOOD
Fall seems to be the ideal time to create classic comfort foods. As Labor Day turns into Thanksgiving, it’s as if we use our ovens more often. At least that was the case when I was a child.
Home cooked meals were a part of my after school memories. I remember coming home to a house filled with wonderful smells. There was nothing better than the smell of pot roast, lasagna, gravy, pies and other baked goodies.
When it comes to comfort foods we all know that the colder months reign supreme. It’s something nostalgic about just sitting back and gathering with family.
I can see images of the pioneer days with folks huddled in their wood cabins. The Dad tossing wood into the fireplace as the kids huddle. In the kitchen, Mom is fixing some type of heart-warming stew.
Comfort foods like stew were created to warm your body up. Who doesn’t like the rich warmest of a good warm meal on a chilly evening?
Fall starts to resemble that chill. I guess subconsciously we start to think about all the comfort foods that will be coming up in the months ahead. Could that be why it becomes harder for us to eat properly?
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