The thoughts that I am writing down are very much spur of the moment impressions, not to be weighed too heavily or taken as absolute truth.
I noticed today that food has started taking on a different role in my life, at the same time more important and much less important.
When I was eating a much higher carb diet many a waking moment was spent either eating, planning the next meal, buying food or deciding when to eat next, also how to avoid eating too soon again. The total amount of energy devoted to food was huge.
Food was one of the greatest pleasures of my life and I knew I'd better be really smart about finding ways to be able to continue enjoying it without hurting my health. So I became good at cooking, baking and otherwise preparing food. I improvised a great deal, modified recipes and tried new combinations. I also spent more money on higher quality food. All of this was a necessary and good step in the process of getting healthier.
Food now has become less important in the sense that I don't have to constantly think about which foods I can have.
I avoid all highly processed foods, all grains including rice, all legumes (beans, peas, lentils), starchy vegetables like potatoes, sugar, high-sugar fruit by not keeping them in the kitchen and staying out of restaurants for the most part.
Everything else I eat and combine in any way I feel like, paying little attention to traditional meal choices unless I feel like them.
I make meals based on what's in season (in our garden or local) and what's available for a good price.
I don't worry about meal times or eating regularly. My body can sustain itself from body fat for several days if necessary without any problem.
My preferred drink, water, is always there (Thank God for this blessing which we often take for granted) and I can make tea or decaf if I feel like a hot drink in cold weather. Not having to haul soda, juice, beer and wine and other heavy beverages must save at least one shopping trip a week.
My family has also gotten creative (I guess out of necessity since I don't cook 3 square meals a day
) and help themselves to whatever their heart desires whenever they feel like.
Common meal time is now truly about spending time together, not necessarily all eating the same food. It used to annoy me if there was a lot of conversation happening during meal time (kind of embarrassing to admit but true) because it kept me from enjoying my food while it is still hot. Now I truly enjoy talking more and listening to what people have to say. I don't even feel the need to shove food in my mouth while someone else is talking.
The other thing that has gotten easier is to get things done, anything: cleaning the house, doing the laundry, reading a good book, exercising, going shopping, spending time with people who are important to me, all of this is not interrupted by thoughts about food any more than by my breathing or my pulse. Just like my breathing, digestion and pulse are happening without conscious thought, eating is something that is very important, it sustains me with all the replacement parts that my body needs. It is also pleasurable at times. But it is much more in the background.
Do any low-carbers know what I'm talking about?