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Eat to Live, or Live to Eat?

Monday, February 04, 2013

The first time I was asked if I was one who would eat to live or live to eat, I thought it was very clever. I still do, but now I also now believe that very little in life is so black or white.

At the time, there was no doubt in my mind that I lived to eat. One of my first thoughts in the morning was of when I could eat that day. Even now, I think about food as soon as I get home from work. If I'm feeling unwell, or I've had a bad day, I think about what kind of treat I can have.

I've been reading about how "it's not really about the food" but what we use food for. Aside from fueling our bodies, we eat to celebrate, to comfort, to sooth, to procrastinate, to distract, or even just as something to do. The non-hunger reasons go on and on.

But a lot of us really like food too. And when we have the chance to have something really good, we don't want to stop. It's like potato chips. Who eats just one? But I'm not really into chips. Put a ricotta pie in front of me, and it's all over. This Italian cheese cake is my absolute favorite thing. Of course that might be because it's not available everywhere, and it's only served at our family gatherings at Easter. So I over-indulge. It's there, and it's yummy. I want more. And more. But I'm like that with ice cream, too. It's not 'special' anymore; it's available everywhere, and in a gazillion flavors. So I know I just should not buy it, or it calls to me until it's all gone.

On the flip-side, for those of us who love food, how often do we eat while doing something else? Or maybe I should say how many of us have to be doing something else while we eat? There's watching TV, reading, doing whatever on the computer, or fiddling with your smartphone. CAN you eat and not do anything else? Frankly, I have a hard time with that. (Yep, started this blog yesterday during breakfast, and finished it during lunch!)

Nowadays I'm new journey, trying to be healthy. I have running arguments with myself about food. I want that!!!! Do I want it more than dropping a size? Yes. No; there's that cute top that's still snug. Okay, I'll get Weight Watchers ice cream; portioned controlled. Not as yummy, though. Shut up; it's still good. ARGH!!!!!

Awareness is the first step in recovery, right?

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So where do you fall on the Live to Eat vs Eat to Live scale?
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    I love this blog!
    1867 days ago
    Try adding walnuts to that - my FAVE breakfast!!! :)
    1868 days ago
    I live to eat emoticon

    One day I made oatmeal for breakfast with an apple cut up in it.
    I went on spark
    I looked down and the bowl of oatmeat was gone
    that's a lot of food to not remember eating...

    I'm really trying to enjoy my food

    And learning to eat to live
    1868 days ago
    some days a little of both...
    1868 days ago
    Well said! Basically I am a 'Live to Eat' person trying to get into the 'Eat to Live' mode. Food is and has always been my drug of choice. Yes, it pacifies me, calms me and takes away all the hurt, all the feelings of being a misfit in an unknown and uncaring world. That being said, I read Joel Furman's book "Eat to Live" and followed it for 10 months. After a couple of weeks of following his advice religiously, the craving to soothe my emotional pains subsided and for once I was free from the call of food and the strong cravings. Then the Eat to Live person showed herself and remained strong for many months. BUT I gave myself permission to eat anything and everything between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And the cravings are back, along with 15 pounds. I keep trying to get back into the Eat to Live lifestyle but the food drug is everywhere. And it is good! And legal!
    1868 days ago
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