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100 Days Challenge, Day 37 Do you love to eat?

Today’s assignment

1. Make a list of foods you absolutely love.

Ice cream, Thunder down Under at the Outback, tortilla chips with salsa and sour cream, pizza, chocolate chunk cookies.

2. Explore what you love about these foods. Consider the flavor and texture as well as the settings where you typically eat them. Write your answers here.

Ice cream is cold, creamy, sweet and soothing. I prefer eating it alone, propped on my pillows in bed and reading a good book. Thunder down Under when we dine out, I'll skip the meal and have the dessert. Tortilla chips with salsa, salty and crunch with sour cream smooth, sitting in my recliner, happily crunching. Pizza at home with Hubby. Chocolate chunk cookies, sweet, chewy and fillled with chocolate. I am happy to eat one wherever I am at the time one is planned and available.

3. In addition to the flavors of good food, notice other things that you love about eating. Is it possible that what you love isn’t related to the food at all? Record your insights below.

I think that what I love about eating is the taste, texture, flavor and soothing feeling I get while eating.


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I started this lesson, but never posted. So I have re-read it again to get a better meaning because my notes weren't making any sense to me.

I have said many times "I LOVE TO EAT! ! !" or "I LOVE FOOD! ! !" . I mean why else would I be overweight?! emoticon

When I started this assignment I was noting the flavors & textures of the foods I was eating, but after re-reading the assignment I see it is something deeper. So what foods do I love to eat? I'm not really sure of what they all are. Here are just a couple that are coming to my mind:

1. I love the Buffalo Hot Wings at only one restaurant. I have not found another that starts to compare with the flavor. Crispy little wings drowning in greasy hot sauce dipped in Blue Cheese Dressing.
2. Bacon or Breakfast Sausage Links well done; deeply browned and crispy.
3. Berries. All kinds - raspberries, blueberries, strawberries (blackberries not so much).
4. Nachos loaded with spicy meat, onions, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, cheese. Spicy and crunchy.
5 Pizza - several versions. The part I love most is the thin, crust with crispy edges.

That is just a start. I know there are a lot of others, but this is making my mouth water!

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Hey, Cat! It wasn't MY pause - it was Phyllis (MAWMAW) that I quoted. I'm pretty useless at 'the pause'!



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I've tried that sauce and enjoyed it. Now I have to try it with veggies, shrimp, and rice!

Thanks for that idea.

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What I especially noticed today: “there’s a big difference between appreciating the flavors of your food and liking the way you feel as you eat it.”

I found a new Alfredo sauce (Classico) at 35 calories per 1/4 cup. Thinned down with water, this with 1/2 a zucchini, sliced, 4 oz shrimp and brown rice made a dinner dish to savor. Add salad and voila! Flavors galore!

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Day 37 - Love to Eat

Yes, I do love to eat. I used to love to eat anything.....and lots of it! I was pretty non-discriminating and sweet, salty, fatty, creamy, chewy, hot, cold, it didn't really matter because I was eating. I especially loved to eat with friends and family but I liked to eat even if no one else was around.

I USED to be that way but now....I still love to eat and I love to eat lean meats, lots of veggies(raw or cooked), some fruit every day, plenty of fiber, and lots of different flavors. But now I am aware that I am eating, aware of what I am eating, aware of why I am eating. I eat for fuel with small treats on weekends and special occasions.

Thank you Linda Spangle...and Gill, thanks for putting up with all of us and doing such a great job as our fearless leader.

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Way to go Gil ... noticing the PAUSE.

Hmmm ... I love to eat.
How about ... I love what I eat.

My taste buds have truly changed through the years as I do not only DWL but the Beck Diet Solution as well. I need texture to my food. I need to "chew" enough through out the day or I don't feel satisfied.

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I'm actually a foodaholic! Love to eat. I'm totally addicted to salt, breads and Snickers. Oh, I can't forget cheesecake either, or Mexican, Italian - oh my! emoticon

I have discovered that since I've been working on slowing down there's a huge difference in the amount of food I consume, as well as the choices I make. I honestly think my taste buds are changing. I'm beginning to crave more crunchy veggies (as I love a crunch), and I can use Mrs. Dash rather than salt. I was out Sunday with my GC and we stopped for lunch. Burger and fries. I didn't finish what I ordered. I think that finally - finally!!! - the old fry 'em up, grease 'em up, salt 'em up foods are losing their #1 position. Alleluia.

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Wow, I just got done reading through all the posts in this thread. It gave me a lot of insight into what I love to eat. I have found through really thinking about this lesson, that I love good, quality food of many different types. My personality is the type that I love variety, so I don’t have one particular type of food I love the most, I love different foods and crave them at different times of the day or year. Sweet, sour, salty, creamy, crunchy...I also realize that I can love a food but have it and not like it at all if it’s cooked too much, not of good quality, the right ripeness, etc. (for example, a steak that is tough, a tomato or melon that is not ripe, veggies that are mushy, salad that is bland or wilted, french fries that are limp or soggy, cheap chocolate, too much salt in a dish, etc.) I want to stop eating something if it is not tasting delicious to me, and definitely stop if I’m shoveling food in through mindless eating! Wasted calories! Slow down and enjoy the flavors and textures!

There are so many foods I love, but here is a list I came up with this morning:

Melt in your mouth filet mignon (or prime rib or London broil)
Fresh sweet lobster - doesn’t even need butter!
Grilled salmon with lemon
Well done (but not burnt!) crispy, bacon
Grilled or sautéed mushrooms - recently we make stuffed portobello mushrooms, so yummy!
A veggie omelet with cheese (my hubby makes the best!)
Roasted veggies like broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots
Red, ripe, juicy tomatoes in a salad
A spinach salad with raw mushrooms, pickled red beets, hard boiled egg slices and feta cheese
Sweet white corn on the cob with little kernels (no butter needed either!)
Fresh plump blueberries in creamy cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with almonds
Crisp apple slices with cinnamon
Fresh, crispy french fries
Pizza with thin crispy crust with a good amount of sauce and veggies
Sharp cheddar cheese on a triscuit cracker
Creamy natural peanut butter on crisp celery sticks
A good quality square of creamy chocolate
Creamy and tart key lime pie

Oh, my! I could go on and on! I think I tend to like crispy and crunchy by itself or combined with creamy the most.

Not too long ago, dh and I did the Blue Apron meals and I absolutely loved them, because of the fresh ingredients and combination of flavorful spices, some of which we never had before. We enjoyed cooking together. We stopped for awhile because our son moved in with us, but I hope we can do them again in the future. I love to try new recipes!

One thing that is hard for me is to plan meals ahead of time. Each morning I decide what I want for breakfast and it is usually different day to day. For lunch I may be in the mood for a salad but sometimes it doesn’t appeal to me, and I want a sandwich or soup. Dinner is the same - dh and I usually decide in the morning what we are in the mood to have (the luxury of retirement!)

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quote from MAWMAW (see post below)
"Yesterday while out for lunch I actually experienced the pause, realized I was full and did not finish the rest! Sometimes success takes more than one time to be permanent because I wasn’t looking for it but recognized it when it showed up in my day!"

What a perfect example of how amazing these Lessons and Activities are - thanks for sharing that, Phyllis.

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(From two years ago)
Yes I do love to eat and it sometimes feels like that is the constant in my life. The planning, cooking, and cleaning up seem to take up a big part of my day.

Knowing that people go through this book more than once gives me hope because I know I will need to. On busy days I don't always have time to do the suggested experiments and they go by so fast that I will have to come back at some point and decide which ones are important to me.
emoticon (Today) I still love to eat, have gone to more simplified menus, still love things on my last list that I won’t repeat here.
Yesterday while out for lunch I actually experienced the pause, realized I was full and did not finish the rest! Sometimes success takes more than one time to be permanent because I wasn’t looking for it but recognized it when it showed up in my day!
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I love to eat! I really love to eat, pizza, pasta, bread, chocolate, desserts.......wasted calories. I will measure food, chew slowly, enjoy every bite, and be mindful. I will wait when I think about food. I will do this until it becomes my habit. After all, aren’t we worth it?

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It is not always eating that I love... it is the feeling of freedom. I crave being able to eat what I want, when I want without guilt.

I love to be able to look at a food and say Yes I will eat that. I CAN eat that!

But I know if I want to be healthier and lose weight the above can't be. The narrow road has rules (like an HOV lane on a highway).

My love of having the freedom to eat is pushed by emotions and feelings that I deserve to be able to eat what I want.

Most of the time my husband can look at food as fuel. I look for taste and satisfaction. I love the excited feeling I get when I am happy about the food I am about to consume.



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Here's what I posted when I did the book the first time in 2014 - to get you going!

"Waldorf Salad
Any juicy salad
chewy, crusty, bread with salted butter
ice-cream
garlic mushrooms on toast
buttery scrambled egg on toast
good crispy chips (fries) with mayonnaise
a hot, savoury, pasty
chocolate - chunky, quite dark
fruit salad and cream
cheese straws
potato crisps (chips)
veg curry with naan bread
meringues with cream
salted mixed nuts
Bombay Mix
Twiglets

A lot of the things I love to eat are savoury, salty, crispy or crunchy, maybe spicy - strong flavours - lick my lips and eat more
I also enjoy the food you have to pull apart with your teeth - naan bread, crusty bread, toast - quite energetic
They mostly have a liberal dose of fat - cream, oil, dairy - so a nice stick-to-your-lips after-effect!

Most of them are probably eaten alone or outdoors.

I think most of these things have nothing to do with food and everything to do with the action of eating them - I'm not a huge fan of pizza, but it falls into the chewy, fat, bread, salt category I think!"

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I say I love to eat ... but how many meals have I actually enjoyed eating them coz I was paying attention and eating s-l-o-w-l-y to enjoy the taste and/or texture???

Texture is a biggy for me. Yes, I like ice cream ... but usually I want crunchy things in it.

I like watching cooking shows ... if you notice every time they taste what they have made ... they ohhhh and ahhhhh and tell you the flavors they taste. I strive for this experience.
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I Love to Eat

I love all kinds of food and not just the taste but both the "feel and flavors" as the author describes them. I think the lessons have increased my awareness of both and this is helping me to slow down. I am then able to pay attention and register not only what I am eating but to enjoy it much more...when I do it with deliberate slowness and awareness.

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This is from them past but still applies. Then a light bulb went off when Gill and others mentioned going back and gleaning from their past entries so I got my notebooks out (been meaning to for awhile).. emoticon

Every one of my prior journal entries mentioned me using food as a REWARD. and What did I do when I just came home from an hour long hike? First, I raided the cherry tomato bush, then some Cutie tangerines, all okay. But Not the slices of cheese that I treated myself to at 8 AM-- my "reward" for exercising? My "safety blanket" to not be overly hungry later? I ate sparingly but why? I wasn't hungry. Still learning, trying to figure out why I do what I do. As the saying goes, Knowledge is power. emoticon emoticon

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Day #37 I love to eat
Saying I love to eat was my excuse for not keeping the weight off after every diet I went on.
As someone pointed out, although most of us believe the line “I love to eat” it is true that sometimes we don’t remember what we ate last or what it tasted like.
I now try to make meals more flavorful along with making them healthy.
I generally still measure or weigh the things I really like because it’s easy to overdo on them.

I like pasta of any kind
I like stir-fry dishes
I like mashed potatoes and gravy
I like noodles
I like a nice chef salad (usually in summer)
I like many homemade kinds of soup (usually in winter)
I do like chocolate!

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Oh yes, I too love to eat.

I love and need 'crunch' and I believe that's why I've turned to veggies. Love peppers, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, carrots.. . Salads. Lots of salads and I feel like it's a treat. It isn't like 'Oh, I have to eat salad.' I love it. All kinds of salads.

I like to cook but not when I get home from work, which now only PT (Mon - Wed). So I plan ahead. Works for us.



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Day 37 I Love to Eat

I agree with most of my views in my past two posts. I still love crunchy salad especially with hot food,, jacket potatoes, gammon and salmon soaked in Terriyaki sauce.

However I don't always think I make the most of savouring these foods.

I too love your jokes Maribeth emoticon emoticon emoticon

Gill I cannot get any peanuts yet, in fact my dh often asks if we have any nuts in when he is looking for treat food but I say 'No we never have any in', guess Christmas is the exception isn't it! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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love the jokes, Maribeth. I have a jar of roasted peanuts which seems to be going down far too quickly!

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This year I discovered cold brew coffee and can't get enough.
Lead to craving sweets I'm cutting back by diluting then switching to tea.
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Q: What's an ig? A: A snow house without a loo!
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My absolute favorite, hard to resist food is anything with marinara or good spaghetti sauce on it. I love that flavor. I love the texture of pasta. I have to be so careful when around these kinds of dishes. I can get by with spaghetti squash as my pasta but it is not the same. I enjoy smooth pudding style desserts. I can enjoy good low fat yogurt just the same.
I love to cook, and it is hard not to nibble when cooking, but I have improved there. Since I have been training myself to be mindful and slowing down, I am taking the time to appreciate flavor and texture. It is helping me be more satisfied.
I don't know what it was about yesterday. I got hungry so often. Nothing seemed to have staying power or keep me feeling full for very long. But I kept myself on schedule and in my calorie range. It was not easy, but I did it.

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From 2016:
have learned that I am a big fan of texture and different emotions bring out the need for different textures.

I am not a salty snack person. I crave creamy/sweet things when I am hurting, upset, lonely and I crave crunchy things when I am angry, stressed or tense.

I think I also crave the soft, smooth things when I am not feeling well.

Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, other "comfort" foods are high on my list of favorites along with cheesecake and hot caramel sundaes.

Today:

I still crave soft, smooth creamy when I am stressed or hurting and then the need to BITE when I am angry or upset.

Smooth and creamy could be a 100 calorie Greek yogurt, BITE could be celery or an apple. It doesn't have to be fatty or calorie laden to meet the need for the right texture.

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I really got a lot out of re-reading my previous posts on this thread. I was reminded of so many things. In particular, my own suggestion to buy a ready-made salad box and a crispy roll when I'm feeling like I 'need' something - that salad and bread meets all my crunchy, juicy, chewy, noisy, filling, flavoursome 'party in the mouth' needs so much better than a coffee or a bar of chocolate.

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THINGS I HAVE LEARNED. I STILL LOVE TO EAT.....

1. I LOVE A TASTY SOUP WITH LOTS OF VEGGIES.
2. I LOVE VEGGIE STIRFRYS.
3. I LOVE ANYTHING WITH LOTS OF LOW CAL VEGGIES IN IT.
4, I LOVE FRESH FRUIT FOR DESSERT OR A SNACK.
5. I LOVE ONE SMALL SQUARE OF VERY DARK CHOCOLATE. IT WILL SATISFY ME
WITHOUT STARTING A SUGAR CRAVING.

1. I CAN EASILY PASS BY A BUFFET DINNER.
2. I DON'T CARE MUCH FOR ICE CREAM.
3. I HAVE LEARNED I DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN MY PLATE WHEN I AM EATING OUT.
I CAN TAKE SOME HOME FOR ANOTHER MEAL.
4. I KNOW MY TUMMY WILL NOT THANK ME FOR PUTTING TOO MUCH FOOD INTO IT.
5. I AM BECOMING HEALTHIER EVERY DAY.


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What was interesting to me as I read this chapter was that I don't love eating as much as I used to. I love good food, but once in a while I am finding myself almost bored at continuing to eat. This really comes as a surprise when it happens.



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Busy, busy day but I loved the lunch DH made for the family; a happy, sociable meal, savoured slowly and the portion sizes were spot on!

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Enjoyed reading the posts today. Yep, I love to eat! I will add more later.

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Day #37 I Love to Eat
I just love to eat was my mantra for lots of my adult years as I struggled with my weight at the same time.
I do realize my attitude about food has changed. I still love food, I just love more healthy food and have given up the thought that I need to finish everything!
I didn't make a list of foods I absolutely love because most of the store-bought ones are made to make us "not be able to eat just one"!
Most of things on the list of I absolutely love that I used to make are mainly nurturing kind of things and not so much for nutrition.
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My list of foods I love has certainly changed since I first posted on here in 2014. I'm not posting a list today.

I've read so much about cravings, and over-eating, that I'm now quite firmly in the camp that believes that most of the foods I have to be mindful of controlling, are chemically constructed to cause an over-eating response. (see David Kessler "End of Overeating").

As a baby we simply HAVE to eat/suckle and are encouraged and praised when we do. Breast milk is also sweet to make it more attractive to a baby. Babies cry when they're hungry - and they're fed.

As adults we don't cry when we're hungry, but we generally feed ourselves when we are hungry.

Babies cry when they're in pain, or tired, or have a dirty nappy - and often they are offered food because they might be crying because they're hungry.

As adults we may not actually cry when were in pain, or tired, or need a shower! - but we often offer ourselves food...............

It's how we are. And it IS hard to change that habit.

I know that I love to have my next meal planned, ready, available for when I want it. I know that I plan a lot of variety and texture into my meals - I like the hit of spice, the crunch of nuts, the creaminess of fats, the crispness of salad, the sharp/sweet juiciness of fruits, the saltiness of cheese or soy sauce.

In all of those meals, I'm probably meeting some emotional need to be delighted, entertained, thrilled, pacified, reassured, comforted, satisfied.

I'm just going to pack my food for work: lunch, dinner, breakfast.

Lunch is left-over curry, with extra potatoes and peas and cashews mixed in, with a pot of natural yoghurt to serve with it, and a jelly for dessert.
Dinner is vegan cheeze, oatcakes, cherry tomatoes, pickled onions, Hula Hoops, and a banana.
Breakfast is an oatmeal/peanutbutter no-bake breakfast bar (homemade), and a nectarine.

I love all those foods and am looking forward to those meals.

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I love to cook and I love to eat. I love the flavors and textures of food and sometimes I love the way it goes down and makes my stomach feel all nice and cozy. I'm trying to change the way I cook to be more natural and not as processed. I've noticed when I eat unprocessed foods, I don't crave sweets and carbs as much.

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I have spent many, many meals not loving what I was eating. Taking the time to enjoy myself or the food.

But I am changing ... I have pretty dishes to add to the enjoyment. I now eat s-l-o-w-l-y and mindfully.

I like watching cooking shows ... if you notice every time they taste what they have made ... they ohhhh and ahhhhh and tell you the flavors they taste. I strive for this experience.

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the perfect meal for me would be a blend of flavors and textures. Crispy against smooth, tart against rich, bitter against sweet. Fresh against fermented. I love color, reds, pinks,whites and blues against different shades of green. I love smells , grilling meat, ripe fruit, melting cheese, spices.

I prefer bowls to plates. Simple white bowls. I do not like elaborate china. I like heavy metal cutlery. I hate eating with plastic utensils.

When the food is really good I prefer to eat quietly or with old companions with no pressure to be entertaining or to converse with anyone. In my ideal world we should talk before or after a meal.

I like simple food. A perfectly poached egg. The just ripe avocado. Sweet freshly picked cherry tomatoes. Freshly ground pepper. A really good glass of wine.

I wish I could eat like that all the time. Fresh, simple, well cooked meals eaten in quiet companionship.

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Day #37 I Love to Eat
Going through this book again lets me know how much I have improved.
On busy days I don't always have time to do the suggested experiments and they go by so fast, so to come back at some point and decide which ones need improvement has been very helpful.
Yes, I do love to eat!

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Day 37: I love to eat!
Do you love to eat? If you're like a lot of people, you love to cook, love to share food with others, and just plain like food! Perhaps you tend to wolf down your favorite meals, and then reach for seconds because the food is so good. Maybe after finishing a huge meal, you roll away from the table feeling stuffed but satisfied because you simply loved eating.
First of all, it's perfectly okay to love eating and to appreciate good food. But you need to recognize there's a big difference between appreciating the flavors of your food and liking the way you feel as you eat it. When you say you love to eat, you may simply be providing an excuse for using food to appease some of your emotional needs.
What do you really love?
Think about what you love about food. Are you sure that it's the flavor and the aroma? Or is it possible that you enjoy the sensations of eating more than the actual food itself?
When you chomp down on a huge steak or you tackle a giant plate of spaghetti, what do you notice most? Are you hooked on the taste, or are you delighting more in the texture of the food? Perhaps you enjoy swallowing and you like the way the bites feel as they slide down your throat.
It's possible that it's not the food at all that you love. Instead, maybe you crave experiences around food, such as eating while you're watching sports on TV. Or when life feels unhappy or difficult, you can make your problems fade away by eating, drinking, and laughing along with other people.
Are there particular times of day when you love to eat? Have you ever noticed whether you love food a lot more during the evening than in the early morning? If so, you might be using food to meet an emotional need such as needing a reward at the end of the day.
Appreciate food
You don't have to stop "loving to eat." Just be sure you take time to appreciate the flavors and textures of what you love. Remember to savor your meals and to pay special attention to the first two bites of any food. Decide whether some of your favorite desserts are truly special or if they're just ordinary, and that at times, you can just skip them.
Make a list of foods you absolutely love.
Explore what you love about these foods. Consider the flavor and texture as well as the settings where you typically eat them.
In addition to the flavors of good food, notice other things that you love about eating. Is it possible that what you love isn't related to the food at all? Record your insights in your notebook.
Eating 'for fuel' does not have to cancel out no longer being able to love food. You just have to find the right 'fuel foods' TO LOVE. They are out there ... for everybody. True, it usually means giving time for one's taste buds to 'change' ... but that is very do-able as well. Be open to good healthy wholesome REAL foods ... they can do a body good!
Sometimes 2 steps forward - 3 back ... but constantly (though slowly) moving forward. I am still working on this. I sure could of used this lesson yesterday.
I need to get back to my first post. As currently I am not sure if it is the love of food or loving to eat.
I do love to eat my fruits. I love stir frys. and love to eat pizza. but I am working on loving real healthy foods and not processed foods and wanting to cut my sugar intake down.
When you are ready to stay on your plan you do what needs to be done to stay there and to reach your goals your dreams with inspirations from others and .....
so I need to work on it staying in my eating so I am still a work in process... working on eating healthy, and only what my fuel my body needs...
YES I LOVE TO EAT I LOVE UNHEALTHY FOODS PROCESS FOODS AND I PLAN TO LEARN TO LOVE NEW HEALTHY UNPROCESSED FOODS AND STILL LOVE TO EAT. AND NOT EAT THE FOOD JUST BECAUSE I LOVE IT TO EAT FOR FUEL ONLY.

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I have to ponder this Day 37. I can't say I love to eat....I think most of the time I am driven to eat by emotions.

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I LOVE TO EAT, LOVE TO EAT, LOVE TO EAT - Yep, all caps....shout it from the rooftop...I LOVE TO EAT!!!

Well...at least it used to be an "all caps" part of my life. I always said, "I'm not an emotional eater; that has nothing to do with my weight...I just love to eat". Well this book proved me wrong although I was most of the way through it for the first time before I could admit that. Even then I was saying "I'm an emotional eater who just LOVES TO EAT". LOL

Now, finally I have learned from so many of those lessons that I can say that food and emotions no longer control me. I monitor both and work hard to eat appropriately every day and use other things like, relaxation, exercise, creativity, music, etc. to cope with my emotions. It is working; I am healthier and less stressed about my health, weight or other shortcomings (real or imagined). Now I love myself as much as I love anyone else in my life.

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I love to eat, but I want to love to eat whole foods even more!

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I have learned that I am a big fan of texture and different emotions bring out the need for different textures.

I am not a salty snack person. I crave creamy/sweet things when I am hurting, upset, lonely and I crave crunchy things when I am angry, stressed or tense.

I think I also crave the soft, smooth things when I am not feeling well.

Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, other "comfort" foods are high on my list of favorites along with cheesecake and hot caramel sundaes.

I know myself well enough to know that the two bite practice is not yet strongly instilled in my mental wiring. It's more like a two serving practice if my emotions rule my eating. I am going to continue to working on these skills and make every meal an exercise in savoring, tasting the flavors and experiencing the textures.

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Day 37 - I love to eat!

Mission Statement - I can enjoy the foods I eat, but no longer love to eat just for the sake of eating.

This is my goal and my new mindset. Since starting the 100 DWL I have been working hard to change how I think about food. Therefore it was hard for me to do this lesson. I can say I now enjoy savoring the flavor, texture and contrast of the foods I eat and I do have favorites, but am hesitant to categorize any foods as ones I “absolutely love” as it seems contrary to my current mindset.


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I enjoyed reading all of your heartfelt posts this morning. Thank you for sharing.
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I still agree with my post of July regarding this lesson. And now I can only add that I still LOVE to eat and absolutely LOVE eating whole, healthy, plant based foods more than I did before. I've added new foods/new recipes each month ... many becoming my new faves. Not feeling deprived at all nor longing anymore for what I 'used' to eat. If and when I do eat something 'from the past' or like 'I used to' it is rarely as I remembered, rarer still to have the 'pull' on me that it used to and does not taste 'as good' as my new go-to foods do now. It's taken me a long time to get to this point ... but now I can LOVE loving to eat because I don't have to worry about it being 'less than good' for my health. It's still 'new feeling' to me though ... this way of eating... so I still have to be mindful and make healthy 'conscious' choices daily/all day.

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Day 37 I Love to Eat

I agree with most of my views in June 2016, I still love crunchy salad, jacket potatoes, gammon and salmon soaked in Terriyaki sauce. However I don't always think I make the most of savouring these foods.

I do not really eat Pizza, ribs, chips, breaded chicken or breaded fish and rarely have to ignore them!

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Day #37 I Love to Eat

I don't not eat my favorite foods they are just placed on my menu. I eat pizza but I limit my portions. Some foods I still need to keep out of house so wont go over. But as long as it is accountable for my exchanges I eat it. Desserts sweets and sweet breads I have to limit and watch the portions. they can easily ruin my accountable of the exchanges. But as long as I journal I will eat the foods I love.

I like Pizza, steak, ribs, chicken and all the dessert. I love turkey Ham and sandwiches. only thing I know I don't like is raisins.

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Fisker: All I have to say is "Double Ditto!" You took the words out of my mouth! Literally. I believe this is one reason why I am the weight I am and not 100 lbs. less.

The problem is that although I have maintained a specific weight for 6 years NOW my body is aging (of course) and with that comes the fact that indulging is costing me in terms of those all important 'numbers'. LOL. It is tough growing older. We can't abuse our bodies like when we were young---stay out all night, have frozen pizza for breakfast, etc. Now, we have to straighten up and 'fly right' (as my Mom used to say).

So, now I have to show restraint and eat the foods my body needs and not the foods that I prefer. I have enjoyed pie for breakfast and a can of mixed nuts for an evening snack but my priorities have had to change if I want to face my future with less pills and less health issues.

Doesn't quite seem fair, does it? LOL. Part of growing up and growing older is knowing that we do things that are good for us whether we are on board 100%.




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Day #37 I Love to Eat
Yes I do love to eat.
Going through this book again lets me know how much I have improved in being able to put the planning, cooking and eating of food where it should be in my life.

On busy days I don't always have time to do the suggested experiments and they go by so fast, so to come back at some point and decide which ones are important has been very helpful.
I've learned which herbs and spices I like and several new healthy recipes.
I still love to eat!

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Day 37: I love to eat!

My post is the same as last time except for the last line.

Before taking care of my body I loved to eat. I loved the flavors and sensations food gave me. I am also an emotional eater. I use food as comfort, as punishment, and because “I deserve it”. Since April 2016 my feelings have changed. Most of the time my mind thinks of food as a fuel. If it is not healthy fuel I sometimes eat it but I still feel that twinge of guilt. I have lost my enjoyment of food (most of the time). I think eventually it will come back but for now it is lost.

I used to love going out to eat. A chance to eat less healthy foods and to be “bad”. Now I know when I eat out, no matter what I choose, the scale will go up the next day. I go out, don’t want to burden my kids and always say no, no, no,…. but we never used to go out to eat much anyway.

Favorite foods, Chicken Francese, and I used to love dessert. I still love the flavors of desserts (I will not list them), but I still have the guilt feeling after eating them, even on an “S” day. I am still trying to get the scale back to where it started before Monday’s “S” day. So easy for the scale to go up… so hard to get it back down.

One day I will love food again.

My update: Well I am trying to get the scale back down to last Friday's weight (again) even though I weigh less than I did in July. I enjoy food more than I did when I first posted this, but the guilt when I eat less healthy choices is still there.


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Just joined yesterday .......But have been on a program past four weeks and losing some pounds but more inches and new clothes downright baggy!
I am learning and becoming conscientious of eating when "Hungry" .... emoticon .... and planning healthy snacks that will do something FOR me and not TO me. ....
I enjoyed the posts before me .....

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I actually like to let the chip soften on my tongue, and then I totally agree with the rest! LOL

Now to today's lesson. I read the lesson early today and waited to see if I would make the same comment after three meals and a bunch of football. And yes, I'm going to. I read the lesson and shocked myself by thinking "Right now, I can't say I love to eat."

I LIKE to eat....a) when I'm hungry and....b) some other undefined times. Ok, I know b is a
cop-out, but today, right now as well as earlier, that's where I'm at. Yes, sometimes I eat more of something than I need or something I don't need, but I'm unsure of why. The usual suspects don't seem to apply, stress, etc.

I'm still in a bit of a bobbling plateau (a little up, a little down followed by a little more down then a bit up), but I'm at the same time losing some inches so hey! I'm relaxing about it all. I keep reading my own 'secret' as I know by experience that I learn by repetition and then more repetition. I'll figure it out!

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Yep, nothing like the "second meal"... when that little piece of trapped food is released! LOL!

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Good point! They end up a bit like a kind a baby 'farina' in your mouth don't they! You're right, carrot leaves nothing behind in your mouth - whereas your tongue can search out the lingering remains of chips for hours afterwards!

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I think there is one more thing with chips that no one give a thought about. They start out as this salty crunchy jaw intense snack, but then when you chew them for a few seconds they turn into a soft carby comfort food. I think that is the difference between the crunchy chip and the crunchy carrot.

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Chips seems to have a 'special power' over most of us - the crunch, the fat, the crunch, the salt, the crunch!
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I love to eat. I love to eat vegetable and meat. Those have always been my favorites. I do not love it as much as I used to since my nose has been damaged because of sinus surgery. I find eating satisfying when I am eating a meal, but I can mindlessly eat a bag of chips without tasting it or connecting to it at all. Boredom eating and mindless eating are what I need to watch out for.

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Those of us who gain weight easily - after, say, one birthday dinner - have very efficient bodies.

In terms of evolution - our bodies are serving us the best way they know how - not letting us be the first ones to die of starvation!

It IS hard. I think, at 61 yrs old, after a lot of work on this (like most of us!) I am FINALLY letting go of the idea that I 'deserve' to eat as much as the next person even if it's more calories than I personally need.

Like Chele, my mouth will water at a lovely salad (aren't I lucky - I always loved salads), and a dish of fresh fruit salad.

The No S diet system has been wonderful for me, because at the weekends, and on high-days and holidays, I can PLAN to have that little treat with the knowledge that I am in control of what/how much I choose to eat.

Keep going everyone - we are all on a different path to the same destination - health, freedom from overweight and food addiction.

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Thanks, I enjoy the foods I am eating... but sometimes it feels like a chore. And I still have guilt issues. I make food that I like to eat so I know I will stick with it.

I agree, foods I used to love do not always taste as good as I remember. Most of the time I do not miss most of the foods I no longer eat... but there are times when..... yep.... cravings!

I just wish I could eat out, or have a dessert and not have the scale go up 2lbs (sometimes 3) the next day. It seems to take 4 days for the scale to go back down. emoticon

I will enjoy Saturday, but I will remember take care of my body, no matter what the scale says.


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Day 37: I Love to Eat ... YES I DO!!!!

I absolutely love to eat ... and now I do it with conscious enjoyment of the texture and flavors of the absolutely good nutritious 'fuel' I'm eating. Used to I would eat (and think I loved it) for emotional, guilt ridden, boredom type reasons. And I sometimes may slip back into that for a bit even now (but usually one meal or snack not days, weeks, months, years of it).

Cat - I do DROOL over my salads now - ha! And, Pam, no way I do I think of them as 'salad = diet food' - ha! My salads are meals ... huge ... chock full of all kinds of 'foods' ... in a single salad I may have different types of lettuces (romaine, buttercrunch, red leaf, etc. I never use iceburg - tasteless and virtually little nutrition), kale, spinach, tomatos, onions and cucumber (of course) but ALSO sliced up summer squash, pipinola, purple cabbage, and beans or chickpeas ... sometimes I throw in leftover rice as well. I use a very tasty no-fat homemade dressing ... or, in a pinch, a regular store bought salad dressing but mindful of the amount if that is the case. My salads are a taste sensation explosion ... I do LOVE my salads - ha! Not boring, endless variations of what to put in them ... I've even thrown in fruit. I also crunch up some of my whole grain crackers and throw on top for 'nutritious' croutons without having to buy 'other' croutons - ha! I'm constantly open to what 'other foods' may show up in my salad 'meals' some day - ha!

Chele - I'm so sorry to hear you do not enjoy - LOVE - eating food now. Eating 'for fuel' does not have to cancel out no longer being able to love food. You just have to find the right 'fuel foods' TO LOVE. They are out there ... for everybody. True, it usually means giving time for one's taste buds to 'change' ... but that is very do-able as well. Going out to eat? My tip would be to NEVER weigh in the next day. We all (most likely) tend to go up in weight a bit after eating out for a variety of reasons (most having NOTHING to do with us per se - as in high sodium contents in restaurant foods or other factors, etc.) ... it usually comes off within a day or so if we get back on track. Why put oneself through the agony of seeing that number go up on the scale the day after? It's fleeting! So - wait a few days at least before weighing back in. Or, only weigh in once a week ... that's what works for me ... maybe it could help you?

If we do not enjoy - even love - what we are eating we will not 'stick' to our effort(s) for a long time not to mention lifetime change. But learning to eat 'healthy' and to enjoy 'good food' may not mean simply eating real food (as opposed to processed) or what we 'used to love' ... those may not be the best for us either ... we may have to learn to eat foods maybe we just 'think' we cannot 'learn to love'. Give your body - and taste buds - a chance ... sometimes it takes ridding the body of the 'toxins' our American diets are full of though ... so many of which are addictive in nature (sugars, fats, salt, etc.). Be open to good healthy wholesome REAL foods ... they can do a body good!

It doesn't mean 'later' one can't go back and have what they 'used' to love ... but usually by then it does not taste the same ... or even as good. I used to love mac & cheese (store bought) ... could eat the whole box by myself no prob/and in no time. Now I cannot even 'see' what the pull was ... the taste is awful/tasteless to me. But I didn't get here overnight either - changing to whole good foods. It's taken me 3 years slowly changing. Sometimes 2 steps forward - 3 back ... but constantly (though slowly) moving forward.

AND loving it more every day...

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Day 37: I love to eat.

Like what has been voiced here before my post many of you know what really good tasting food is like and then like myself many of you also have shut off this form of pleasure because we felt we didn't deserve it because we were overweight, fat or obese. Although this has only been a month since I started this journey through this book I have really begun to rethink (which is what I think any good book does) many of my former habits and preferences that were rote to me.

Here are some of my thoughts about what has been discussed here thus far:

I am with Greb and FunLoven when it comes to really loving good food and if I had my choice I would be eating them every meal every day for the rest of my life. I have done the diet food route for quite some time and I just recently told myself, my hubby and probably the rest of the world (if it cares to listen to my wailing LOL) that I am so done with mediocre food. Period. End of story. That is all she wrote! I am a 'rebel with a cause': "good nutritional tasty food eaten slowly to savor and to enjoy until I am both full and satisfied. "

FunLoven: my memories of Christmas was exactly like yours. It was the one time of the year that my Mom went 'all out' and made a ton of delicious baked goods and everything was magical and wonderful: the tree was beautiful, the presents were there, the stockings were hung and on the front porch (in 5 gallon pickle buckets) she had frozen all of her baked goods that she had been working on since Thanksgiving. You had to take out what you wanted and then allow them to thaw out but that was part of the anticipation. The first year we moved here I got Christmas cookies and Valentine's Day cookies in the mail. "Bake someone happy." Everyone in my family has this memory etched in their mind and it was the one gift that my Mom gave to us all. A magical fairytale Christmas.

I did the salad thing back in the 1980s when I worked in a bank. I was the oldest and the heaviest and I was only 20 lbs. heavier than my natural weight (I wish I was now) and we 'girls' would cross the street to a restaurant that had a salad bar and that is what we ate every day for lunch for two solid years. I have not been able to do that for thirty years. I just plain can't. I like salads and I still have them on occasion but of all the food I throw out it is the bagged salads, cukes and onions. I prefer broccoli salad, potato salad, coleslaw , 7 layer salad and a Chef salad on occasion. I just feel that when I order a salad it screams out 'I'm on a diet. Watch me silently suffer."'

DebPre and PCOH: I think why we overdo diet food is because it is not satisfying and because we think (erroneously) that since it has reduced calories and is missing a lot of 'stuff' we can overdo. A couple of weeks ago I decided that once all of my diet food was out of the kitchen I was going to turn back on all that kind of eating.

I didn't really enjoy eating all of that low cal. tasteless food either but I did it and I did not lose the weight that I wanted to because at some point my body rebelled and I ordered pizza just like you describe grabbing fast food on the way home.

Part of what I will take away from this book is that I am ready to start joining the rest of the world and eating 'real food'. I know a lot of naturally thin people (I also used to be one) and they just eat. They don't put so much effort and thought into it. I want to get back to that place.

Tops: I can understand your situation well. It is hard to have two kinds of foods in the house: one for yourself because you are 'dieting' and another for the rest of the family. I have done this for a long time but then I started looking at the cost of our grocery bill and realized that my 'diet food' was the bulk of our expenditures. Yikes! So, now I am slowly working my way back to one food for all (minus the taste preferences or differences). I am ready to rejoin the rest of the world (not those who eat junk) but the people who know what really good food is and who eat it with enjoyment.

Since I began this book I have done a couple of paradigm shifts already in my food habits. I am paying a lot more attention to what I really want to eat vs. what I feel that I 'should' eat and I am actually more aware of the food's taste etc. when I do make those choices. I have ordered pasta from a pizza place because I really didn't want pizza that time and I also threw away nearly a whole medium pizza because I had enough. Pizza was my all time favorite but I am finding that it is too salty for my taste.

I am on board with rediscovering what enjoying eat is all about and then I will truly say that I love to eat! (and I say that because it is a good thing to say and do)

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Really, what an emotional bombshell this lesson is! Childhood:"Well, she sure loves to eat! Hahahaha!" as a cruel comment on my supposed plumpness. As I've said before here, I was not overweight as a child even though I was made to think I was. It's taken me a long lifetime to understand I can really love my food. I've yoyo'd my entire adult life, weight up and down. I have stayed for the most part 40-50 pounds under my highest weight, but still within 20-25 of where I'd like to be. For the past year I've used the substitution feature of Spark menus and discovered that I can eat many really good foods. Because I'm fairly sedentary I lose slowly but surely. I try not to eat anything I don't love now! I love the look, taste, mouth feel and their good effect on my body. You even often see me taking pictures of my meal before I start eating. Today I also took a picture part way through my breakfast! I consider myself blessed.



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I read and reread my last entry:

When I am eating emotionally ... I chomp through millions of calories not tasting any of them. Many of us state "we love to eat" but we don't truly s-l-o-w down and enjoy and taste the foods we truly love.

I do NOT drool over eating a salad ... but I do make the best salad I can so I enjoy eating it ... I don't just have wilted lettuce and tomatoes.

I will always "love" certain foods over others. I have changed how I eat those foods I love.

These sentiments have been brought back 10-fold this month. My emotional eating over what I want for my DD and family and the reality of what they "want" and are doing right now for themselves. Though I will always be a mom ... I do not have control over my children.

I have control over ME and nothing more. I have control over what I eat and nothing more. I have control over the foods I enjoy and CAN eat them with enjoyment.


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Day 37 - 100 Days I Love to Eat

I used to love to bake. but with my son with a family of his own. it is only me and my other son and he like more like dairy queen and such. recipes are more for at least 4 or more. and I do not want it sitting in house calling my name. and i hate to throw things out.

I am was more of a processed food cooker like hamburger helper etc. it is hard to switch over to ways of cooking where it takes more time like chopping up veggies etc. and it still makes more but not that it is more nutritious I do save for another meal or freeze it for another day.

Not sure if I have favorite foods any more. but I do like Pizza, and enjoy fish and beef esp. eating out. I guess desserts were my downfall esp. home made and candy and ice cream. I do still have ice cream and pizza. but candy i am choosing not to have . I bought some cinnamon almonds, if they only added the cinnamon it would of been fine but 20 grams of sugar were added and it was way too sweet for my taste buds now. so grandson and son are enjoying them. but i know I wont be eating much candy as the sugar gives me a headache now.

But yes I used love to eat unhealthy foods now I enjoy eating and love eating heathy foods. strange how it has changed in just a few weeks. but i have been on so many diets i cant even count them but never did get into the healthy part of it. it was more about calories or carbs.

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Day 37: I love to eat! (Well I used to.)

Before taking care of my body I loved to eat. I loved the flavors and sensations food gave me. I am also an emotional eater. I use food as comfort, as punishment, and because “I deserve it”. Since April my feelings have changed. Most of the time my mind thinks of food as a fuel. If it is not healthy fuel I sometimes eat it but I still feel that twinge of guilt. I have lost my enjoyment of food (most of the time). I think eventually it will come back but for now it is lost.

I used to love going out to eat. A chance to eat less healthy foods and to be “bad”. Now I know when I eat out, no matter what I choose, the scale will go up the next day. I go out, don’t want to burden my kids and always say no, no, no,…. but we never used to go out to eat much anyway. Today we are going to a nice Thai place as per my daughter’s request. We have not been there in about 6 months. I know what I plan to order and will split the serving in ½.

Favorite foods, Chicken Francese, and I used to love dessert. I still love the flavors of desserts (I will not list them), but I still have the guilt feeling after eating them, even on an “S” day. I am still trying to get the scale back to where it started before Monday’s “S” day. So easy for the scale to go up… so hard to get it back down.

One day I will love food again.

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Day 37 I Love to eat
About 3 years ago I gave up processed and packaged food and learned to cook. I remembered watching Julia Child, Galloping Grourmet and Jack LaLane with my Grandmother. Now I like Dr. Oz, The Chew and Rachel Ray. The "Joy of Cooking" has created a new love of eating.

My Dh helps with chopping vegetables and taste test for spiciness. The 4th Holiday weekend I made a big pot pinto beans mixed with Cento San Marzano tomatoes with basil leaf. Two batches for a variety of my own spice mixes Mexican and Indian flavors. I also made a couple 10# turkey breast one lemon curry, other rosemary.
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I still have similar ideas on this. I don't like to bake, not really to cook a new recipe and cooking for friends stresses me out. But I do love the feeling of crunchy food in my mouth
Crunchy salad alongside everything
Crunchy bacon and gammon
Even crunchy baked potato skin.



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Well done Wanda! I think travelling must be hard, because I find 'novelty' hard to resist - so going to a new place, with different things to tempt me, I might find it hard not to eat them!

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I love to eat, too! We are on vacation and it seems like I'm always wondering where we are going to eat our next meal....trying hard to make healthy choices though and I'm traveling with my scale. Is that a sign of obsession? I haven't gained yet so whatever!

I did always think that I JUST loved to eat. This book showed me WHY. I was often eating to satisfy an emotion even though I thought it was just the enjoyment of eating. Now I really can have just a bite or two; I can think about my emotions and set them aside while I eat; I can plan healthy meals while eating in or eating out. It was good to learn that there was something hiding behind my love of food. I was able to put coping mechanisms into place once I knew the cause of my overeating.

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Day 37 - 100 Days I Love to Eat

Learned a lot from this lesson and some self-examination. No, I don't love to eat...funny, isn't it. But I think I love gathering around the table which usually involves food. Hmm, big problem.

I am a very plain eater, nothing fancy and thank goodness I'm not much of a baker. I prefer, tasty simple meals . So, I'm going to try this approach....view friendship as one thing and eating as another.


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I am a baker, not a cook. I hate to cook, which is one reason I eat unhealthy meals. I just throw together anything, quickly. I dont normally overeat at mealtime because my cooking isnt very good!! But.... I am always baking!!! Baking makes me happy. Eating warm, fresh out of the oven baked goods is just heavenly! Cookies are my favorite. So many cookies to make and so little time!

I have stopped baking so often and when I do, I usually take the goodies to work or give them to my grandkids to take home.

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I could relate to is there a certain time of day you like to eat. I can eat well all day and then the eating monster comes out after work at night. I don't want salad after work either - my favorite is to stop at fast food on the way home. I can eat the fast food and then popcorn and sugar free pudding then sugar free jello with fruit in it. Even though they are "diet" foods I overeat them.

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Wow Sue ... you do have some very good points.

"Diet" food is not as savory or emotionally filling. But part of what we are learning is to enjoy different foods for different reasons.

When I am eating emotionally ... I chomp through millions of calories not tasting any of them. Many of us state "we love to eat" but we don't truly s-l-o-w down and enjoy and taste the foods we truly love.

I do NOT drool over eating a salad ... but I do make the best salad I can so I enjoy eating it ... I don't just have wilted lettuce and tomatoes.

I will always "love" certain foods over others. I have changed how I eat those foods I love.


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I am with Greb all the way on this one! I don't just love to eat. I love GOOD food. Not just the mediocre food we all eat when we are tying to lose weight, but the rich, tasteful food laden with calories that we have to strictly limit on our weight loss journey.

There are plenty of times when I don't enjoy eating really. Don't get me wrong, I like the food that I make at home O.K. enough. I am a good cook and my "diet" plan is based on calories in vs. calories out so I have some flexibility to include some "high end" kinds of foods. The problem I run into is that I would eat as Greb describes several times a week. As a matter of fact, I have eaten those types of rich, delishous foods several times a week for several years and that is exactly why I am overweight and here!

Cat mentioned yesterday's lesson that when she eats she thinks of herself at a high-end restaurant eating a wonderful meal and that helps her slow down. It would slow me down too as I savor every little bite thinking I am on my way to heaven as the food melts in my mouth, if that was indeed the way food that we eat in order to lose weight which is low on calories, fat, and salt tasted.

At Christmas time it has become our tradition to make all of our favorite appetizers that we rarely eat during the rest of the year. All kinds of appetizers, dips, fondues, Chex Mix, etc., etc, etc, We graze all day! I mean, who on earth only wants to eat 1/2 cup of Chex Mix! Or just 1 deviled egg!

Yup, I love good food and a savory glass of wine. This is my biggest weight issue and I am very worried that I am every going to be able to look at a salad the same way as I look at Seafood Risotto! I hope I have the strength to overcome this obstacle.

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