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?
So where do you fall on the Live to Eat vs Eat to Live scale?