How Much of YOUR TIME Involves FOOD?

Monday, January 24, 2011

I have written blogs about food addiction since Monday, Jan. 17th. It would probably be good to go back and read those too.

I got back on my eating plan a week ago and have dropped 4 lbs. I feel SO MUCH BETTER in every way and my energy has gone through the roof! My face puffines has gone away again and I am sleeping so much better. Sugar, caffeine, breads, (white and wheat), really turn the cravings on for me. I am eating lean proteins, veggies, fruits, and a good carbs and lots of water. See my eating plan from 9-17 for the plan all laid out from Why Can't I Stop Eating book by Dr. Debbie Danowski.

I was down almost 6 but TOM is around the corner and that adds back a little for now. So definitely making a dent in getting off the lbs I put back on in Dec. and Jan.

THE question below is a good one for all of us to ask ourselves.

How Much of My Time Involves Food?

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, but something to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan

Food addicts live with the mistaken belief that things just happen to them without any action or say on their part. One of the most difficult things a food addict has to realize is that his or her actions directly affect the quality of life he or she lives.

Keep a log of the amount of time you spend shopping for, preparing, eating, and thinking about food. Do not try to do this from memory. Instead write down the events as soon as possible after they occur. Though you can do this for one day, it would be better to keep a log for at least 2 days, if not more.

SHOPPING: If you stopped at a food store or went to a restaurant or fast-food place, record it below. Be sure to include travel time:

Time Began Time Ended Total:

PREPARING: Make a list of the amount of time you spent preparing food. Be sure to include time spent washing, cutting up, peeling, mixing, measuring, etc.

Time Began Time Ended Total:

EATING: Write down the amount of time you spent eating. Remember to include even small snacks or any time you put food into your mouth, not just full meals.

Time Began Time Ended Total

THINKING ABOUT FOOD: Each and every occasion food comes into your mind, write it down. Be sure to include any time spent looking at recipes, cookbooks, or talking about food.

Time Began Time Ended Total

This exercise was taken from “The Overeater’s Journal Exercises for the Heart, Mind & Soul by Debbie Danowski. Ph. D
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    Well with a big family if I don't do some serious thinking about food in a timely manner there may be riots and such. I try to do the planning on Sunday, though and then I only have to cook on Mondays. Just oversee the other days! But I know what you mean. I know I find myself thinking of food pretty often when I am hungry and then I had better have a personal plan or I am in trouble. It works best when I get my act together and feed myself before I am starving. I have a good bit of latitude here, but when we are "on" with school, I don't like to stop and sometimes get in trouble that way.
    3184 days ago
    Whew-- this would be scary to have on paper! As one comment below said-- probably most of the day.....
    Im reading through all of these blogs-- loving them-- they are a huge help!!
    3187 days ago
    You're definitely on FIRE, girl! Keep up all of the wonderful blogs on denial. That's a big hurdle for a lot of people.
    3189 days ago
  • OLSEN9310
    this is an interesting concept to consider. I USED to be totally consumed with what we were having for our NEXT MEAL. It is the way I was brought up - everything revolved around food. when I got drove my husband CRAZY because I was always stressing about our meals. It has taken me 13 years to undo this obsession with food....I believe I have conquered it!
    3189 days ago
    This looks like a good exercise. I know that a great deal of my time is consumed with food.
    3189 days ago
    Really something to ponder, Sherlyn -- when you add up list-making, stock-taking, fridge-cleaning, actual shopping, putting away, preparing, cooking and eating...that adds up to a lot of hours! I find the longer I'm on this plan, however, the less time I have to think about food prep. It becomes second nature, don't you think? :)
    3189 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2011 10:27:18 AM
    I was just telling a friend on Sunday that one of the biggest changes I made last year was to start thinking of food as the fuel that gives my body energy and keeps it running rather than my source of entertainment. My way to show my family I love them. The way to help console someone who's hurting or celebrate when they're happy. Changing the way I think of food has been my biggest challenge but probably the most important.
    3189 days ago
    Another great blog. I try not to spend much time on food or thinking of it and I don't even like going to the grocery store.
    Keep up the great job. Sandy
    3189 days ago
    I feel like I spend more time with food now that I'm on SP than I did before SP. Before SP it was shopping, heating a premade meal, scarfing it down and not thinking about it.

    Now I spend time surfing recipes, planning meals, making shopping lists, shopping, prepping and cooking, cleaning and of course, eating!

    But I feel so much better now that my foods are homemade versus prepackaged.
    3190 days ago
    I say exercise is 1 hr of my day. the other 23 is food! in sleep to!
    it's a struggle everyday! but much better than day one!
    3190 days ago
  • no profile photo GWENAEL
    Another one to copy/paste/print! Thank you for all the good you are doing!

    Congratulations on the loss weight! Show the scale who is in charge! More importantly, great to hear you are feeling better!

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    3190 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2011 8:55:07 PM
    I've been reading your blogs (haven't had time to comment on each of them, but I have been reading). I am definitely a food addict and I believe sugar and processed foods are my "drug" of choice. Since I eliminated them from my diet, I have a much easier time staying on a healthy eating plan. My cravings are gone and I am sleeping great at night again. My body functions like it's meant to and I have a lot more energy. Now when I see sugary foods or white breads, I avoid it -- quite honestly, I don't want it so there really isn't any "avoiding", I simply just don't.

    This will be key to my recovery and weight loss. I must remember how sugar and processed foods affect so many aspects of my life and my health.

    Thanks for taking the time to educate all of us who are reading. And congrats on your weight loss!! Keep up the good work!

    Oh, and thanks for your kind comment on my weekend blog. It was so helpful to be able to write out my feelings, get feedback, and take steps to avert a melt down. I was totally back on track today as if I'd never skipped a beat. It was definitely worth it -- my mind needed it!

    Thanks for being a good spark friend! emoticon
    3190 days ago
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