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My relationship with food is improving


Thursday, May 23, 2013

In pre-Spark times, food used to be a tool to get distracted from daily stress and troubles for me.
Got home, ate whatever I fancied, but not fancy food. Huge amounts of carbs instead.
I got distracted indeed because my blood flow had to re-direct itself from my brain to my gut, so I successfully forgot about stress and trouble, and went to bed early.
But this way of eating never satisfied me, however much I ate. I wasn't paying attention and didn't appreciate my food.
I didn't make a nice plate of food I really liked, instead I went back to the kitchen for more and more slices of bread.

When found SP, I started to pay more attention to what I am eating.
The quality of my food improved, and most of my meals didn't induce cravings.
But overeating, eating mindlessly in the evening came back from time to time, when I was bored or stressed.
I realized recently, that though I do focus on eating healthier, delicious food in reasonable amounts, I still don't pay attention to eating the food.
Eating good food mindlessly is better than eating crap mindlessly, but often leaves me unsatisfied. And then I eat more... Less than I ate in the past, but enough to make me feel bad.

In the past few weeks I set myself a goal to eat my dinner slowly, and spend at least 15 minutes actually eating. I realize that nourishing my body is just one aspect of food, another aspect is enjoying it. Making a good meal and then eating it mindlessly is wasting half the value!
Since I set myself this time limit, I do eat slower, and slowing down helps me enjoy my food. Feeling the taste, smell and texture, seeing the lovely colors is a great source of pleasure!
When I'm finished, I'm aware that I just ate a nourishing and delicious meal, and I'm content and satisfied. And I have my brain to myself, up and running, have the power to spend time with my family, to watch movies, to read...
This seems to be working, and I don't feel deprived if I'm doing this.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HAKAPES 5/25/2013 3:23AM

    This was very inspirational, thank you!
I recognized that I did/do many of the things you write.

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EDENZMOM 5/24/2013 8:27AM

    Love this, and super happy that you have your brain to yourself again! we can all learn a thing or 2 from this blog!

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OWL_20 5/24/2013 8:09AM

    Love this strategy, Bolting down good food is a habit I share and have made a conscious effort to eat slowly over 15 minutes or so--it's hard to do sometimes. I like that you've pretty well conquered those cravings (or have controlled them). I can't believe how much I used to eat without even thinking about it! Yikes. Great blog!

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MOBYCARP 5/23/2013 5:18PM

    Boredom eating and stress eating are still with me. I record everything, which makes me more aware of when I'm eating from boredom or stress; but it doesn't always get me to quit eating emotionally. Fortunately, it *does* typically get me to eat within a planned range, which is *good enough* physiologically.

I'll have to keep your food relationship progress in mind. There's more to that than just eating a healthy amount of healthy foods; there's a potential for real improvement in satisfaction and quality of life.

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MARGARITTM 5/23/2013 10:24AM

    Thanks for the blog.

Mindless - baby carrots DOES trump mindless potato chips but it is the mindless stuff that has to be address.

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ROXYZMOM 5/23/2013 10:00AM

    Love your blog!

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MONA791 5/23/2013 9:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 5/23/2013 8:53AM

    You have a wonderful brain, Kriszta, and it's ALWAYS up and running - running well, I might add! You've made lots of transitions here - your transition from eating junk food to more nourishing food, slowing down while you eat, and concentrating on all the elements that make healthy food such a joy - brava!! emoticon - Susan

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CIRANDELLA 5/23/2013 8:53AM

    You have a wonderful brain, Kriszta, and it's ALWAYS up and running - running well, I might add! You've made lots of transitions here - your transition from eating junk food to more nourishing food, slowing down while you eat, and concentrating on all the elements that make healthy food such a joy - brava!! emoticon - Susan

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STRIVERONE 5/23/2013 7:58AM

    This is a great topic.
Eating mindlessly is the easiest poor eating habit to fall back into because we don't actively choose to do it. I can confront a cheesecake, know that if I have some, I'm going to want more, and then choose to have some anyway and risk going on a binge. Even when I succumb, I know exactly what I am doing. Mindless eating, on the other hand, happens without warning. We don't have the option to choose not to begin. We can only choose to stop. When I fall into this trap, I am usually in a social situation.

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MJREIMERS 5/23/2013 7:34AM

    emoticon Good for you! I need to take a lesson from you and slow down when I eat! I'm so used to eating fast at work that I don't enjoy my meals. Today I will follow your example. emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 5/23/2013 7:19AM

    Thanks so much for your blog, I loved it. I just realized reading it, that maybe, just maybe because I'm tracking , I have a lot more energy this week hmmm emoticon .it just may have to do with eating healthier. I'm going to try your trick!! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 5/23/2013 5:46AM

    this sounded like me writing this...thank you for sharing

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