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10/24/13 6:49 P

I think about food and nutrition often. However, I think about it in a positive way, not in a negative way.

I had a moment when I was freaking out over cheese. I asked for no cheese, and they gave me cheese anyways. It had at LEAST 100 calories, and could have as many as 150. When a single slice of cheese had become an enemy seeking to destroy me, I knew I had to take a step back. I knew that those types of thoughts would lead the wrong direction, so I took a step back and reevaluated.

With regards to your vacation- that type of thinking is destructive. I know now you are normal and NOT crazy, but that thinking path drives you crazy. It leads to eating disorders- both binge eating and restricting.

It sounds like you are fixated on losing weight, not being healthy. You should adjust your food philosophy from losing weight to developing a healthy lifestyle. If your priority is health, not weight loss, you can focus on ALL areas of your health. Mental health, social health, physical health, and emotional health.

If you drive yourself batty thinking about it, make some adjustments. You want your eating habits and weightloss to enhance your life, not detract from it. When striving after physical health is detracting from your contentment with life, you have a problem.

Take a step back and reevaluate.

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10/24/13 1:43 P

Rarely -- you know, unless I'm trying to figure out what's in the refrigerator to cook, or planning shopping, or I'm hungry, the normal reasons a person would think about food. Otherwise I don't much anymore. I have a good routine going, I don't track (so that whole category of "thinking about food" is absent for me), and I rarely experience unwanted cravings or excessive hunger, so mostly there's nothing to really think about.

Now while I was still losing weight, and for the first several weeks after reaching maintenance, I did think about food constantly, because I was always having to consider whether I was actually eating the correct portions for what I wanted to accomplish, or whether I really needed that snack, or (in maintenance) whether I'd increased my intake by the right amount or was really too full, and so on and so on. Some people find that "going on a diet" frees them from previous obsessions and worries and constant thinking about food, but not me. I found it all a bit annoying, and am glad to be done with it for as long as my intuition about food holds out as accurate. (I have the scale to keep me from fooling myself for long.)

I do agree that some level of thought about food -- what you are willing to put into your body and what not, and when, and how often -- is necessary! But I think it's a blessing when you can do that, and then not have to think about it all day every day for a while.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
10/24/13 12:52 P

I think about food/nutrition several times a day.

I am losing well, and have no cravings, so most of the time now, it is about how I can share my experience. By now I have my diet down pretty good ( low carb ). So now I think of it in terms of helping others, and whether it applies to them, or if it would help them.

I hear someone talking about having cravings constantly, and my first thought is to tell them how I got rid of that, but then I ask myself, would they really follow it correctly? Is it too complicated to be communicated in a thread/post? Will they do the necessary research? and if not, would it be more harmful, than helpful?

In the back of my mind, I am wondering if juicers/smoothie lovers hesitate before extolling the virtues of their preferred way of eating. Do they think about the spikes in blood sugars from these easily digestible foods? If they aren't thinking about negative side effects, or whether the person will do it incorrectly, should I not do the same?

So I am not thinking about my own menu, but how hard I should push my opinions on diet. I feel my success can be replicated, but not sure if all the advice offered doesn't sometimes confuse people.

I also think nutrition should be on your mind constantly. We tend to not think about it that much, and praise people for not " obsessing " about it. However, in doing so, we have 60% of America overweight. I can tell you from personal experience, not paying attention to food can lead to being overweight, which you DO " obsess " about, and eventually heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, which since I have had all 3.. Trust me, you think about those constantly. Better to "obsess" about nutrition now, and not about CHF, diabetes, or cancer later on.

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10/23/13 3:12 P

I like thinking about food in general; and I do it much of the time though, of course, not "all of the time." I like researching topics on-line such as diets, recipes, healthy eating, high-calorie foods, unhealthy foods, etc, etc. When I go walking, I like to think about my favorite meals/foods of all time that I have ever had. I like to list things like the top 20 or so restaurant meals I have ever had, what foods I would choose if I could only have 10 foods to eat daily for the rest of my life, my favorite home-cooked dishes, my favorite food items to buy during the holiday season, etc, etc.

I can spend a long time just thinking about food in general when I go out on one of my daily walks. (Of course, I think about other things: my family, sports, movies, books, beautiful models, getting rich, adventures, vacations, etc.)

I love thinking about food, reading about food, and discussing food.

10/23/13 2:20 P

It feels like all the time lately. Just yesterday I went to the library and checked out seven healthy cookbooks. I have been writing down recipes that sound good to me as well as their WW point value so I can have my own little collection of healthy recipes. This way I can never say that I don't know what to make for dinner and go to taco bell instead.

10/23/13 9:38 A

Most of the time, is my answer.

How to gather food, be it from a market, the garden, forage, hunt, fish, etc.

How to preserve it.

How to prepare it.

How much to consume.

How to preserve/recycle leftovers.

As has been mentioned, I don't sweat over tracking, I sweat the fun stuff. I have been an intuitive eater for a looooooong time and have kept things in check. What brought me to this place was micros, and learning everything I could about proper amounts and just what preserving/preparing does to them.

I have a lot of "goto" recipes that I can whip up and know the macro/micro assembly by heart. That has given me considerable confidence to try new things( I take my screen name seriously). I travel a considerable amount for work, worldwide. Some of these trips can be two weeks or more in duration. Paying attention, I can come back to the home scales within roughly two pounds which is normal for me otherwise.

Establish a baseline when tracking, and learn it well. Practice with your intuition, it works at least for me, if I'll listen.

Edited by: INTOTHENEW at: 10/23/2013 (09:39)
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10/23/13 8:29 A

i think it's somewhat normal to focus on something that took a lot of effort to do. you might be at the high end of normal though. And there are people who do have to track for the rest of their lives. Granted an all inclusive vacation is not where you really want to start figuring out where you will fit. first of all hop on the scale. pretending it didn't happen has never been a great tac to take. while you might be afraid of what you will see you have to entertain the idea that you may have maintained even while in that situation. and being ignorant of the situation is never going to take you to the next level.
i tend to get paranoid about things like this too, and having a fact [like weight or waist size] that contradicts what i am paranoid about happening can really help me get perspective. and it makes it a little easier to not freak out about it the next time it happens. in other words, while i might still freak out about it i can quash me going to extremes because i logically know that what i am freaking out about is something that i have blown out of proportion.
i would say to start by easing off tracking. don't go on another all inclusive and skip it, just pick one of your favorite recipes that you always make and eyeball it instead of measuring and tracking everything. just one recipe this week and track everything else like you would. make sure you have your measurements at the beginning of the week and at the end. odds are you will still be maintaining. the work up to eyeballing two meals for the week. again, stick to the stuff that you know the best and relax a little on it. slowly reduce how much you are tracking and you'll start to get an idea of if you can do it and how you're going to do it. to some degree, tracking new recipes and always being a little more aware of things isn't a bad thing. i mean, if you see a recipe that serves four and it has a stick of butter in it, you should want to try and reduce that amount, especially if butter isn't the only source of fat in the recipe. you should be noting that there is oil pooling on the food you order and mopping it up, spooning it off, and/or just remembering not to order that dish or from that place again. that's not to say you can't occasionally have a slice of unmopped pizza, but you have to ease in to the point where you can see that it's your day to day that makes the most differences and little off days and meals don't make as much of an impact as having a healthy and balanced base.

10/23/13 8:20 A

I think about health and nutrition pretty much all the time!

I gave up tracking because I get too OCD about it. I don't think it's necessary either because when I'm hungry I eat healthy foods and when I'm full I stop eating and I am maintaining my weight fine.

I don't weigh myself very often, usually once a month. I will also measure myself once a month. How I look and feel naked are my day to day guide.

My big obsession is learning new health related things from books podcasts. I can't get enough information!

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10/23/13 7:31 A

I can completely relate. I tend to have an obsessive personality, it shouldn't be a surprise that since I started focusing on losing weight; tracking calories, changing my diet, working out, etc. that I'd become a bit compulsive and obsessive with it.

It can cause a lot of harm mentally/emotionally depending on how extreme we're talking, if it's causing more harm than good it's not *normal* or rather healthy. I'm discovering ways to cope and relax about it but it's an active effort.

Some things that help me are;

1) Find new hobbies to focus my attention "off the marshmallow" (see link below).
2) Putting away the scale and just taking monthly measurements of my waist and hips.
3) Taking vacations from tracking my calories and eating sensibly and intuitively.
4) Reminding myself that weight fluctuations are normal
5) Reminding myself that I care too much and know/practice all tools necessary to maintain a healthy weight to ever let it get out of control again (trust myself).
6) Reminding myself that I work hard enough in my fitness efforts that I deserve a break now and then.
7) Regularly telling myself positive things about myself.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/23/2013 (11:35)
10/22/13 10:38 P

About every 2 hours. More when I'm alone and I'm not doing something else. Food is my downtime... ugh!!!

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
10/22/13 9:17 P

Have you considered counseling? It sounds like this is taking up a lot of your life and affecting relationships. It just doesn't sound healthy, especially your last sentence.

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10/22/13 8:29 P

I've been fighting the fat gene my entire life. I finally had a really bad year in 2006, and joined WW on New Years Day 2007 and have kept of 40 lbs ever since. Here's the thing....I'm constantly, constantly, constantly thinking about food and how to avoid gaining weight. I'm always thinking about calories, points, protein, exercise etc...if an event comes up that involves food, I get anxious because I know I will lose momentum.
I'm always planning out my meals for the day when I get a spare second, tracking on all my apps (sparkpeople, WW, and My Fitness Pal) yet I just look like a normal person. Sometimes I feel like it's just SO MUCH WORK to look NORMAL. Am I alone in this? I've tried to NOT think about it constantly, but then I gain. For instance, we recently went on an all inclusive vacation for our 1 yr anniversary. I just wanted to relax, have some delicious adult beverages, eat regular meals without analyzing the amount of oil on top, size of portion...etc...and by day 3 I was actually depressed because I felt like I was out of control for not tracking and trying to just enjoy myself. I ended up being convinced that I was rapidly gaining weight and really packed on pounds, even though it's almost impossible to get THAT big in just a few days. Vacation ended on Sept 21st and i still haven't gotten on the scale since then because I'm so scared of the number. My husband is luckily very understanding, but it gets to be really frustrating for him too. He's so tolerant...I'm an ovo lacto vegetarian AND on WW and track calories, and he will eat absolutely anything I suggest, cook, or bring home. He loves cooking healthy meals too. But I know that listening to me constantly berating myself for overeating, not going to the gym enough, and talking about numbers on the scale on a daily basis is getting tiring for him. I know it is, because it's even more tiring for ME. I try to keep it inside, but I feel like I just have to get it out because otherwise I'm just internalizing.
Anyway, I just wanted to know if this is normal. Are YOU constantly thinking about your food and diet too? I just feel like I could be putting my energy elsewhere, but I feel that if I gain a few pounds and don't look perfect, I can't do anything right, so i DO end up focusing on it. ARrrggggh.....END RANT.


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