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Days 11 – Two purposes of food (put food in its proper place)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I am no different from anyone else on SP; all of us love food. We are certainly aware that food is for nourishment (“fuel your body”), but because, we use it for many other reasons (emotional, etc.), that knowledge becomes secondary. Most of us no longer eat simply because it is necessary for survival. Don’t misunderstand me. We certainly eat when we are hungry, but NOW we also eat because Joe hurt our feelings, because work was pretty awful today, because someone we love has just passed away, because we are nervous or because of a myriad host of reasons.

With the 100 Days Challenge, I will NOW “will eat for only two reasons”:

1) to fuel my body - I will make food a high priority like putting gas in my car at regular intervals when it is running low using “high-quality fuel”.

I have been eating 3x a day and will attempt to spread this out to 4-6x a day instead. To do this, I will have food with me in the car, in my living room, and at my work. It will be some food that, should I get hungry I can eat it, but at the same time, it will be a food that I wouldn’t be tempted to overeat. For me, some foods are so good that I want to eat and eat it so I have to be careful of that. My general modus operandi is to eat big wallops at fewer intervals, but I have been down this road before and I know that first I have to reduce my intake in order to follow this direction. I have begun.

Another thing, I have been observing the eating habits of people who are not overweight for a long time now and what I found was this. They eat less food at more intervals. I was always baffled how they could eat so little. Interestingly enough, Spangler backs this observation by quoting Jorge Cruise, author of “The 3-Hour Diet” telling us he “believes that eating more frequently gives much better weight-loss results…” This apparently is because doing this in regular intervals maintains “…blood-sugar levels” and helps “protect metabolism”.

2) to appreciate the flavors of food

emoticon I will write down the “time” that I ate the food, i.e., all food…
emoticon I will count how many times I have eaten at the end of the day.
emoticon I will start to space my eating times 3-4x apart.
emoticon I will be more aware of how my “fuel” is affecting my energy/focus.

How will I know if I am doing this? Linda Spangler says “If you put food in your mouth that doesn't match either of these two reasons, good chance it's emotional eating.”


100 days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle
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    It you bite it; write it. Keeping a food log keeps me honest with myself. Your determination is an inspiration to all who follow your challenge.
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    1377 days ago
  • JILL313
    This is really how i should be eating. I eat a regular size breakfast & lunch but tend to go overboard for dinner eating way too many calories. I'm an emotional eater and still comfort myself in food, usually something sweet or salty. . .I need to make more of a effort to spread my meals out and always have readily available healthy snacks. Thank you for sharing what you're learning on this Challenge. Linda Spangle sounds like she knows what she's talking about. Good for you for implementing what she shares in her book. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1377 days ago
    It's amazing when you write down the foods you eat you are holding yourself accountable for what you put into your mouth. In other words you may not eat it if you know you have to write it down.

    I agree with having many small meals rather than larger meals.

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    1377 days ago
    Great ideas, thanks.

    I, too, will try to eat less volume but more frequently, not the things I'm likely to go overboard on, and with appreciation.

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    1377 days ago
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