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As we face this pandemic, many people are using food as a counter balance to feeling stressed. According to the APA, 27 percent of Americans will seek comfort in a familiar place: the refrigerator. This is very common because it works in the moment as a way to elevate our mood. However, it then tends to cause negative self-image shortly afterwards which is often then remedied by more over eating. This cycle is in part due to the reward centers in our brain related to the neurotransmitter dopamine. When we eat a high sugar snack, it can increase dopamine levels, and we feel better for a short time. Our brain chemistry then starts to reinforce this pattern by craving sugar when dopamine is low due to mood.