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My Relationship With Food

Monday, July 08, 2013

I am incorporating my insurance health management program with Spark People. For the first week, the program asks us to focus on the mind-body- food connection.

Today's question - What does food mean to me?

Food is both my friend and foe. It is my friend when it is time for celebration - family events, gathering with friends, etc. I look forward not just to the eating, but the company of the event.

It is also a reliable companion. It is always there when I need it.

It is also an activity. I enjoy cooking, shopping and experiment with new recipes or varying my own.

It is a foe because it beckons me when I am not in need of nourishment. I overeat because I enjoy the taste. It acts as substitute for companionship when I should simply pick up the phone. It steals my rest when I should simply take a nap or go to bed. It makes me lie to myself and justify my eating by the fact that I am tired, stressed or simply deserving of overeating.

Lately, food is stealing my joy. I hate the fact that I overeat because it takes me away from reaching my goals. I want to be healthy and confident. Not prediabetic and insecure about my physical appearance.

As my foe, food is also sneaky. It makes me forget the consequences of unhealthy and/or overeating. I temporarily forget about the X sizes I am forced to wear or the limitations on my mobility. This becomes a ridiculous circle of love, hate, love and hate.

I must not allow the evil food to continue to wreck havoc in my life. I must allow food to take a back seat in my life and serve as nutrition, not a companionship.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAVELNISTA 7/9/2013 2:15PM

    emoticon Love this! emoticon Sounds like you are reading my mind!

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IMEMINE1 7/9/2013 6:04AM

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FITKAT62 7/8/2013 9:24PM

    I have learned that certain foods are my friends - fruit, veggies and lean proteins. There are certain foods that are my enemies such as French fries, ice cream, and potato chips. These foods are two-faced - they look good, they taste good but they make you crave more and more and end up sabotaging your weight loss efforts. I have decided that I need more friends. The fewer enemies the better.

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TACONES 7/8/2013 8:09PM

    I can so relate. Were you in my head? I've gotten better but still working on how to hang out with friends and family. emoticon emoticon

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  I had that problem at one time also but gave the problem to Jesus and He has changed the desires of my heart and soul to line up with the desires of His heart and soul that He has for me and He has transformed my relationship with food to match His desires for me with my relationship with food. It works to have Holy Spirit leading me into all truth about who I am in Jesus to be able to transform my eating and living habits and style. He works so well for me.

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