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Hi! My name is Jann, I am a food-a-holic

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hi! My name is Jann! I am a food-a-holic.

I have been one my entire life. I love food. And not just eating it. I love the way it smells, tastes, cooking it, baking it, experimenting with it. I love to see someone eating food they truly love and are savoring. When I was young I had a limited palate but was lucky enough to expand on that as I grew older and bolder, AND FATTER and thinner and FATTER and thinner and FATTER.

As my body went through the eating changes, emotions, stress and stretching, my mind began to change as well. I met other people; I saw others getting fatter while some stayed thin. Then spark people was born and I found thousands of people with different ideas on “how to lose and maintain weight.” Their ideas were as different and similar as the millions of “diet” plans in the world. Which way to go? What path to follow? I followed my heart, opened locks and as each one fell open, I became wiser.

I have admitted I love food and am working to control this necessary addiction. One can’t quit it like gambling or alcohol as eating is required to sustain life. Over my life time, I have tried more diets than I have moved and I have MOVED over 20 times. The last few years at Spark I have tried many ideas on how to lose weight and successfully found keys that work for me.

Portion Control
Low gylcemic food, less white stuff to put it simply
Filling the box at a restaurant with half my food for dinner the next day
Drink water to be sure I am hungry and not just thirsty.
Club soda with flavoring to replace diet soda.
Snacks in every purse, tote bag, car, desk drawer and anywhere else I might get caught and be hungry! Usually protein bars as they carry well.
Learning to love exercise and missing it! Seeing pictures of a 90 year old lady lifting 15# weights made me feel like a weakling!!

Will these changes work for everyone? I cannot truthfully answer that as I truly believe the addiction of food is tied to so many emotions in each of us that what works for one does not work for others. Each of us has to find the drive and willingness to make change in our lives to be healthier and to teach generations to come about being healthy and setting the example.

Don’t just talk, walk the walk.

You never know who is watching you and what they learn from your actions.

After almost 59 years of trying, here is a success story in my life.

I noticed big changes in myself and my healthy living plan yesterday when I went to a seminar and had to eat what the site served me instead of on my plan:

What was served, what I used to eat and what I ate yesterday:

On a 6” plate: Salad, with walnuts, apple slices, freshly shaved parmesan cheese, cranberries. Two years ago I ate the whole thing! Yesterday I ate half the salad and only one nut.

Rolls: individual dinner rolls white AND wheat with REAL butter patty. Two years ago I Ate two. Yesterday I had none.

ON a 10” plate: A lovely small quarter chicken attached to the leg on top of fresh thinly sliced and perfectly cooked au gratin potatoes and a side of fresh carrots with their cute little tops trimmed neatly. Two years ago – ate the entire plate and wished I was at home so I could lick the plate. Yesterday. I noted there was about a cup of potatoes, 9-12 oz of chicken and 6 carrots. I ate ALL my carrots, half the yummilicious potatoes and about 2-3 oz of the chicken. Then I stared at it wishing I had a lovely box or bag to take it home in! they had none at the facility. I noted all the other plates and how most people ate everything BUT the carrots and wished I could have taken those! I noted how all of the 20+ tables had at least ONE plate with no one sitting there and wished I could take those 25-30 lunches home and freeze them. I could have fed us well for many weeks.

And oh yes there was dessert. A lovely well sliced 2” piece of cheesecake with a key lime glaze loving poured over it and a few mint springs in it. Two years ago, desert would have been gone before the chicken sauce was dry on the dinner plate. Yesterday, I pretended it was quite gross and unappetizing looking and that it would taste just as awful.

And I had to look at all that food for TWO HOURS! AND NOT EAT IT!! And I DID NOT!! I thought about all the hungry people who could have eaten that food. I thought about how wasteful all that food was while we sat there and listened to speakers talking about fresh produce, working with local farmers and saving the planet from ourselves. I think I will have to write the organizers and suggest to them they need to adjust and reduce the amount of food they serve or serve it family style!!

My Name is Jann. I have been a food-a-holic for 59 years.

I still am a food-a-holic, I see no chance of recovery only living to divert the drives in another direction and being a food-a-holic in a new manner.

I am learning to over come.

Join me and, start living healthier today!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JERSEYGIRL24 6/10/2013 12:34AM


I am REALLY late chiming in here, but I only found this blog now. It is beautifully written and speaks to many of us. I can identify as a foodaholic whose love for food also goes beyond simply eating it. I love cooking it, looking at recipes (both healthy and unhealthy), etc.

The fact that you could analyze your actions and walk away from the cheesecake shows how much progress you have made. emoticon I actually walked away from dessert at a buffet today. It looked ok but not amazing. I know that I would have had some in the past if for no other reason that it was included in the price and why not get my money's work. But now, twelve hours later, if I could do it over again, I still wouldn't have had dessert.

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AMARILYNH 4/1/2013 10:42AM

    Brilliant blog and fabulous control!! And YES, do try to re-educate the people who put on the seminar - one of the best ways to save the planet in NOT to over consume!!

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    Jann, I am standing next to you and proclaiming that I too am addicted to food and a compulsive eater. I love food. And I am relearning that I can love GOOD food and truly enjoy it not inhaling it trying to fill holes that food cannot fill as well.

GREAT blog! emoticon Great self control! emoticon I would have eaten the entire salad on the other hand and perhaps someone elses' carrots too! See how awesome you are! emoticon

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LALMEIDA 3/30/2013 2:30PM

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SHANSHE 3/29/2013 12:57PM

    WOW Jann! I am proud of you for resisting all that food! I am not at a place where I could do that well yet! GREAT blog!!!

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MONETRUBY 3/29/2013 12:03PM

    Very honest, and brave. Kudos for getting through the meeting, and resisting so much of the food! I think it's a great idea to contact the organizers about the food waste. Family or buffet style might be a much better idea, or maybe just some finger foods, so people would be encouraged to eat lighter, and there might be less waste.

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KENSHO 3/28/2013 2:01PM

    Great blog. Very honest and I think many of us can relate. Good job at the meeting!!!

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TERRIH8118 3/28/2013 12:47PM

    emoticon Great Job.

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JUSTAGIRL45 3/28/2013 12:28PM

    AWESOME point of view. Thanks for sharing!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 3/28/2013 10:36AM

    Great blog Jann!! We didn't get to be our voluptuous selves by not loving food:)

Look at how you're changing. emoticon

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WATCHMEGO! 3/28/2013 6:05AM

    Excellent job!


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_BABE_ 3/28/2013 1:56AM

    The recovery IS managing the addiction and I believe you are succeeding. emoticon

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    Great job!!!!

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SASSYLJB 3/27/2013 9:48PM

    Right there with you! It is a battle daily but one that I am willing to tackle! You got this! keep up the great work!

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    Hi, I'm Dawn, a food addict & compulsive overeater. I know the path you travel well. Glad that we can work on this together. emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 3/27/2013 9:02PM

    Wonderful good for you for making such good choices.
Glad you found spark and the keys that work for you. emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/27/2013 7:52PM

    WOOHOO! Awesome! I am SOOOO PROUD of you!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/27/2013 6:43PM

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SHANTODD420 3/27/2013 6:17PM

    That is awesome Jann congrats on making so much progress. I am a food aholic as well. I love your blog have a great night.

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TKLBRIDGET 3/27/2013 6:07PM

    Loved your blog! Thanks so much for sharing with us.
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GWTRIKER 3/27/2013 6:05PM

    Jann, Congrats to adapting the available food to your eating plan. I think a lot of us on Spark are food-a-holics. That was a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 3/27/2013 5:59PM

    This is one AWESOME blog.. Jann I too am a Food -a-Holic..I have been one for 46 years. Thanks for sharing and for your inspiration. I am adding you as a emoticon I think I could learn from you .

Have a Fantastic emoticon day.

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DAS92687 3/27/2013 5:37PM

    Jann, You ARE emoticon !!
I think the most amazing thing is staring at the dessert for 2 hours and not eating it - Wow emoticon

And check this out .... probably nothing you don't already know ;-)

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HEALTHYIN2014 3/27/2013 5:26PM

    Grezt blog! It's great that you are noticing the difference between your actions tow years ago and now. emoticon

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MEME102 3/27/2013 5:16PM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing!!! Those are steps you have taken and can be proud of -- not just for today but when it happens again (a dinner like that) you know you've had one success and can do it again!! I read an article here by Dean Anderson that mentioned the fact that we need to see what we do AND remember it when we are successful and build upon those feelings and times. It was a great article and when I read your post I thought you did it quite well!!! Good for you Jann -- HUGSS!!

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STRUCK67 3/27/2013 5:02PM

    I'm right there with you ..

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MSPATOOTY 3/27/2013 4:57PM

    Fantastic blog, Jann! emoticon

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SLIMKIM2B 3/27/2013 4:54PM

    Great blog Jann. I really love your point of view here.

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