It’s the oldest cliche in the book: Reeling from the news that your S.O. wants to break up, you hightail it to the kitchen and seek solace in a big, delicious tub of Rocky Road.
Many of us reach for sweets in response to stress — and there’s a reason for that. According to a recent study, sugar reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in a way that artificial sweeteners like aspartame do not. So sugary foods like ice cream and donuts do have a short-lived calming effect when you’re upset – but they’re not exactly good for you.
So to get you eating and feeling better post-split, we rounded some healthier versions of classic comfort foods. (Sure, some may take a little longer to whip up than simply ordering takeout, but if you’re newly single, you probably have a lot more time on your hands.)
Below, nutritionist and Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet author Monica Reinagel weighs in on our picks.
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