Peterson believe that people bond over food because of “ the power food has to nourish and sustain our bodies, and also the compelling symbolic associations embedded in our food habits.” She says, “At some level, we all understand the language of food.”
Health psychologists have found that perceived social support stemming from such bonds can help protect people from stressful life events and engender tangible health benefits in terms of enhancing the immune system and reducing the incidence of colds, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and even depression.
I remember we took our middle son to a church spaghetti dinner when he was about 6 months old. Like most children, Andy could take a single molecule of chocolate and somehow multiple it until he — and a two-foot perimeter around him — were both completely covered. At this spaghetti dinner, he decided to dump all of his spaghetti and sauce on his head. He did look cute wearing the bowl, but he was so thoroughly drenched, I still expect to see a noodle on him today, and he’s a 32-year-old attorney.
— Terry L. Stawar, Ed.D., lives in Georgetown and is the CEO of LifeSpring the local community mental health center in Jeffersonville. He can be reached at tstawar@ lifespr.com. Checkout his Welcome to Planet-Terry blog and podcast at www.planetterry.wordpress. com