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I love food


Thursday, May 24, 2012

I spend a lot of time thinking about what I am going to eat next. I eat too fast, I eat when I am hungry and when I am craving. Why can't cravings be for healthy, low fat, low calorie items?!! When I eat breakfast, I enjoy it and savor it. But as soon as I am finished, I start thinking about what I can have for lunch and then watch the clock tick away the minutes until I can indulge my taste buds and stomach once again.

It isn't as if, I sit around doing nothing but thinking about food. I am a busy woman and spend a lot of time studying, running errands and living my life. Why is food so important to me? Why do I spend so much time, no - devote so much time and attention to food?!!! I need help to learn how to hate food. Perhaps, if I make it my enemy I can win this battle because I am really tired of the constant fighting with my sweet tooth and cravings!!
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MJ-SHE-BEAST 5/24/2012 12:35PM

    Nope, making food your enemy is as detrimental as making it the love of your life.

I have a friend who says he views food as fuel. We recently discussed this and I am trying to incorporate my own preferences into his "method". He was, like you, obsessing on his next meal while eating the current one. He forced himself to slow down while eating so that he could gauge when his tank was "full". He has a rule about his car where he never lets the gas level get below a quarter of a tank and follows that rule in his eating. He snacks on hard cheese or nuts (something he has to really chew) with a small cup of milk halfway between breakfast and lunch. This he views as bringing the fuel tank up to half full. He will finish filling up again at lunch. He does the same thing halfway between lunch and dinner. He will on occasion have his snack between dinner and bed, but not usually as a rule. So he is filling up his tank to full three times a day and to half full 2-3 times a day. He works hard not to OVERFILL the tank because if he does his "engine" doesn't run as smooth. He is analytical, so he is also being conscious of what kind of "fuel' to put in his "engine" to make it run its best. He views chips, too many sweets, salty snacks, white bread and other things he has a weakness for as cheap fuel that will make his engine knock and dollar store additives that won't do anything good for his gears and valves. He looks at water intake as though he has a leaky radiator and needs to constantly refill it. He's just weird that way, but it is working for him.

He told me this has greatly improved his food "obsession" even though he acknowledges he switched one type of food obsession for another. At least his new way is healthier!

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