Feeding a Broken Heart: How a Beloved Food Blogger Is Turning Tragedy into Community

Losing a child is never anything less than tragic and the resulting broken heart is not swift to mend. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to begin to help it heal. And one of the best ways is to offer and share comfort food with those you love.

Lindsay and Bjork who run Pinch of Yum have jumped body and soul into the healing power of food. After losing their baby boy in January, Lindsay says,

“I found myself unable to eat. How do you eat when you have a broken heart? Your body practically forgets. In my most emotional moments, I was often trying to swim through such a deep abyss of heartbreak that taking even a few bites of food became miserable.”

Why Should You Feed a Broken Heart?

For a food blogger who claims to never forget a meal, that is a serious shift in attitude. But friends who knew her, knew that a meal baked with love would never be turned away at their house.

Lindsay remembers,

“Friends started showing up at our house with food. They did not even wait for day two – they were there and they were ON IT. Pots of soup, pans of lasagna, curries, loaves of bread… every delicious thing you could imagine and more would be placed on our front doorstep.”

This influx of love and sustenance was just the thing that the heartbroken couple needed. The act of consuming food that was offered from a generous heart became their lifeline.

Through tethering themselves to life by nourishing both their body and spirit, Lindsay says that “I was able to find my way again, both physically and emotionally.”

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With her newfound direction, Lindsay realized that others too could benefit from the guidance offered by a home cooked meal and a loving support system.

To encourage others to support their loved ones that are weathering a tough period or traversing an emotion desert, Lindsay and Bjork set up their blog’s new mini-series: Feeding a Broken Heart.

This series is “dedicated to helping those who are hurting to find their way again through food. It’s dedicated to all the helpers in the world who bring meals and beyond when life falls apart for their people.”

How Can You Participate?

Taking part in this burgeoning online community for the healing of the broken hearted is simple. All you have to do is show up on someone’s doorstep and share food with the people in your lives who are hurting.

Make sure to tag your creations on Instagram for a chance to have your love-inspired creations featured on the blog and spread the word.

Of course, you can make any comfort food you like, but if you need some ideas, make sure to keep your eye on a Pinch of Yum’s weekly #feedingabrokenheart posts.

The Recipes

So far, three recipes have been included in the series.

1. Baked Mac and Cheese

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Pinch of Yum

In solidarity with broken hearts everywhere, Lindsey presents her baked mac and cheese. Light on redeeming health qualities but heavy on the cheesy insides, this is a perfect recipe for the heartsick.

Get the recipe here.

2. Life Changing Instant Pot Beef Stew

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Pinch of Yum

Easy to make and full of flavor, this familiar stew will instantly remind you of home. And what is better for a broken heart than a little taste of home?

Get the recipe here.

3. Basic + Awesome Creamy Potato Soup

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Pinch of Yum

This is basic comfort food at its finest. Smooth, creamy, and mellow, it pairs best with a thick slice of bread slathered in butter. This recipe practically comes with a guarantee that things will improve, even if it’s just a little bit.

Get the recipe here.

Be sure to tag your dearest comfort food with the hashtag, #feedingabrokenheart, and send your love and thoughts to Ostroms’. A mother and father’s love is infinite, there is no beginning, and there is no end.

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