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Why I Changed My Approach To Food

Friday, August 16, 2013





Food is not the enemy.

When I get right down to it, food is fuel. It is how I power myself to get through the day and accomplish all the things I need to do.

Food is also many other things.

It's --

pleasure in what I'm consuming
a way to comfort myself
what to do for entertainment
hanging out with family and friends
a way to deal with my emotions
a reward I give to myself or someone else
presented as gifts
an addiction

Food is healthy, when I make the best choices for the way I eat.

It is not healthy when I use it to stuff my emotions down inside of me instead of expressing them.

I really do enjoy food. I enjoy grocery shopping, researching recipes, being creative in the kitchen, re-imagining recipes so I can eat them now. I read cookbooks the very same way I read novels.

I do not hate food.

However, in order for me to keep on the path of expressing my emotions and not stuffing them down inside of me, I first and foremeost think of food as fuel.

When I find myself considering what to eat to deal with my feelings - the thought of how that "food" is going to power me through also comes into play. Most times that gives me enough pause to really consider whether I want to consume the "food" I'm considering.

It's one way I've learned to deal with my Emotional Eating.

Consider this for a minute. We all have to eat. Every day.

If someone has an alcohol or drug problem and has worked through rehab - they learn to abstain from alcohol or drugs, or whatever triggers that behavior.

But there is no way to abstain from food because we have to eat to live.

So for me - food is fuel. It is how I power myself to get through the day and accomplish all the things I need to do.

Food is not the enemy.


Have you changed the ways you think about food? How have you put your thoughts into actions?
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MDKM80 8/17/2013 9:45PM

    Very thought provoking blog. Certainly one to examine the whys of emotional eating.

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/17/2013 3:21PM

    Thank you for making this point! Very helpful and insightful!

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LAILATN 8/17/2013 12:06PM

    I absolutely love this blog post. Thank you. You're right, we have to eat to survive. We don't have the choice to abstain from food like others can abstain from their addictions. That's what's so tough about losing weight! But if we can reframe our feelings towards food, healing can begin.
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LEWILL1982 8/17/2013 7:53AM

    It's something I work on every single day. I have really started though researching the combinations to best help our bodies do what we want them to do. Thank you for sharing, very insightful!

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MDKM80 8/17/2013 6:32AM

    Very thought provoking blog. Certainly one to examine the whys of emotional eating.

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123ELAINE456 8/17/2013 1:17AM

  Awesome!!! A well thought out blog. Very inspiring. Thank You for writing it.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/16/2013 10:45PM

    Wonderful!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/16/2013 9:59PM

    Great blog, well said and a good way to look at food....

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BIGPAWSUP 8/16/2013 8:25PM

    I'm working on getting there. I'm not quite there yet but working on it. Thanks so much for your words.

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CHERYLE51 8/16/2013 8:06PM

    Some days I am all about food being fuel and some days it's about cravings or comfort. I only hope that the days it being fuel outnumber the other days.

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SHERIO5 8/16/2013 7:52PM

    Getting there...thanks for the food for thought!

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REBIRTHDIVA 8/16/2013 4:03PM

    really enjoyed your blog. before 2 years ago i was in denial about how much of my eating was emotional. i was so out of touch, trying to feed the sadness and depression with food not realizing it was not working at all.

now i am much more aware of how and what i eat. food is definitely more fuel for me. and now i know when i am considering eating to 'fill a void' so i'm much less likely to do it. i love myself, really love myself more now so i want to be more loving to my body by feeding it healthier, whole foods.
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CELIAMINER 8/16/2013 11:03AM

    I doubt I will ever view food strictly as fuel. Like you, I enjoy food, and if it were ONLY fuel, I may as well swallow "food pills" and be done with it. I enjoy shopping for food, trying new recipes, preparing food as a team with DH, and sitting down to savor the meals we prepare. What has changed for me is less bingeing (I haven't conquered that habit quite yet, but it doesn't happen as often) and more healthy foods. DH has always been more conscious of what he puts in his body than I have been with my own, so it wasn't a stretch to prepare healthy foods in a healthy way, but I needed to cut way back on the food I was stuffing in my mouth in between our healthy meals.

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AMARILYNH 8/16/2013 10:52AM

    An excellent, well thought out blog! And certainly worth thinking about!!

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FARRAH511 8/16/2013 10:46AM

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SISSIE21 8/16/2013 10:35AM

    Interesting blog.. Food is many things depending on the time of day, my emotions, what is happening in my life at the moment, etc. I have tried to look at food as only fuel but have not been able to convince myself of that. Also agree it is more difficult to deal with a food addiction simply because you cannot stop eating as you can stop drinking, smoking, drugs.

What I do think is this... Certain foods trigger my binges and once I overindulge in them for more than a day or so, it is extremely hard to get back on track. That is what I am experiencing at the moment.
It seems that eating a food plan based on healthy foods of 3 meals and 1-2 healthy snacks per day with a very occasional treat works best for me. I feel better emotionally, have more energy and lose weight.

But as any addiction, your mind will convince you that you can handle straying from the path, that it is only for this period, that you are now able to eat like normal people, that you've got this under control, etc. I am amazed at my age that I still fall for this mindset and those thoughts. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now. And am extremely humbled by this experience. When and if I get totally back on track, I will guard my food plan with my life and not let myself stray for any reason. This process of trying to get back on track is just too hard and too painful.

Thank you for this thought provoking blog. I love the part where you said:
'When I find myself considering what to eat to deal with my feelings - the thought of how that "food" is going to power me through also comes into play. Most times that gives me enough pause to really consider whether I want to consume the "food" I'm considering.'

That thought is one I will take with me throughout today as I work to get back on track. It is something I had never truly considered before. Will this food power me through what I have to deal with today? Alot of very painful, difficult things going on in my life at the moment, and so I believe that question will help me to feed myself better. Any momentary feelings of relief and numbing that come from mindless binging are not going to change the situation and actually in the end make it harder to deal with my emotions concerning these events.

Sorry for the long rant, but you really hit the nail on the head with this blog and I just had to respond! emoticon emoticon

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KIMBERLY_Y 8/16/2013 10:30AM

    Thank you for asking the last two questions. I have never been an emotional eater. When I am stressed, I do not eat. I tend to eat because I love the taste and if I smell something yummy, I want to eat it. Smelling something good is my trigger. So I abstain from the things I love and I am learning how to eat proper portions of food I love. Congrats on your lifestyle change.
Kim

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MICKEYH 8/16/2013 10:23AM

    Well said. emoticon

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KANOE10 8/16/2013 9:48AM

    I am like you. I enjoy food and love to find new recipes. Food is something that i look forward to. I used to use food as an emotional outlet..I did not enjoy the food when I was bingeing. Now that I no longer binge, I actually enjoy food more.

It definitely is fuel and gives you energy in the day! If I eat unhealthy foods, I lose energy.

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