I’m going to be real honest and break it down for a hot second.
I’ve had my fair share of crushes that didn’t quite pan out (I’m talking to you, Leo DeCaps) the way that I wanted. But love is a completely different story.
I’ve been there, done that, moved on, and (almost) got over it. But then again, the first cut is the deepest, right Sheryl Crow? You go girl, sign it from the heart! Lance Armstrong sucks! (just kidding…?)
Anyways, since I’m somewhat of a scornful human being when it comes to broken hearts, I did a little research into the whole feeling of love and what it means. And what I found what shocking.
Turns out, I’m already in love. Who knew? I started reading about the 7 Ways Love Transforms Your Brain, and with each progressing number it became more and more clear.
I’m in love with food.
And it’s pretty bad. I knew when the clock struck noon that I was hungry, but who knew it was hunger pangs tugging on my heart strings?
Don’t believe me? Well, you should. Because here are the 7 ways my brain has been transformed since I admitted my unrequited love for all things edible.
EDITOR'S NOTE: RED TEXT is website info, BLACK TEXT, much like my soul, are my own thoughts.
1. You Feel Addicted
Ever hear that love is a drug? Well, there may be some truth to that. Your brain houses these intensely passionate feelings using the same system that’s activated when a person is addicted to drugs, from the euphoria you feel to your cravings for more. Sure, it might be a much healthier addiction — but let’s face facts, shall we? You’re an addict.
The only things I am positive I am addicted to are bacon, wine, and unlimited brunch buffets. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I don’t think too much IHOP ever hurt anybody. I guess that encompasses most food entities. Checkmark on the addiction aspect of food admiration.
2. You Start Thinking In Twos
It’s not just “me, me, me” anymore. Now, there’s two of you to think about — and your brain will automatically pick up the changes. The bond you share with your partner or children runs way deeper than just on the outside.
I can’t imagine a day going by without having more than one of anything that I eat. Two bowls of cereal? Yes, please. A double dose of chips and salsa? Absolutely. An extra side of bacon? Do I even have to answer? I even cut my sandwiches in half just so I cognitively think there are two rather than one part to my lunch meal.
3. You Love Longer (And Become Wiser)
Falling in love is as good for your heart as it is for your mental health. People in love report higher levels of dopamine, which is linked to pleasure, desire and euphoria. Studies report that people in positive, healthy relationships live longer, are happier, wiser and have better mental health.
You know what’s good for your heart? Food. You know why skinny people are so crazy? They don’t eat enough. Has anyone ever felt worse after eating a heaping pile of huevos rancheros for breakfast? Don’t answer that. I just know that after I eat a bacon cheese burger, I feel like I’m on top of the world. Endorphins to the moon and back baby. That’s how I roll.
4. You’re More Supportive
One of the biggest benefits of falling in love is that you’ll learn what it’s really like to lean on (and support) another person. Building trust in a relationship is crucial. And, your brain helps you out with that. When we’re in love, we’re less likely to be critical or skeptical of the person we care about.
“Hey, let’s talk about this over a big plate of onion rings” is one of my favorite phrases. Food builds trust. Food is trust. Learn it, live it, love it. Support food, support me, support you. It’s all in a days work. Eat, support a pal, go home, sleep like a baby.
5. You De-Stress
Some of us might mistake those butterflies surrounding your first kiss — but there’s no way your brain will ever forget how it first felt to be touched by someone you’re in love with.
You haven’t had butterflies until you’re waiting in your booth on pins and needles for a short stack of pancakes on a Sunday morning. Your brain doesn’t ever forget something as crucial as a post-hangover meal. Especially if it’s carb-o-loaded. You can quote me on that.
6. You Glow (Well, Your Brain’s Reward Centers Do!)
In a study that assessed couples “madly in love,” scientists found that the reward centers of their brains lit up after just looking at a picture of their spouse. Let the bright lines shine, baby!
Look at these pictures and tell me you are not immediately filled with glee. I rest my case.
7. You Feel Safe
Similar to the first bonds babies make with their mothers, the feeling of security will emerge in your relationship. As you age and change, your body actually remembers the brain cycles and stages that you went through in your youth — so when you feel reconnected to your baby self, those feelings of safety and contentment will come flooding back. Research also shows that when we feel love for someone, it shuts down the part of our brain that controls fear and negative emotions.
Do I feel safe while I’m eating? Not particularly. Do I feel safe after I’m done eating, and have a full range of motion as well as sharp utensils to thwart off any enemies? Abso-posi-tive-a-lutely. Forks and steak knives all day.
PS- I will be an Onion Ring Connoisseur before I die.