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How do you view your food?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I told my co-worker today at lunch that I have begun to view food differently. I desire nutrition, not just taste. I'm also experimenting and trying healthier ways to prepare my favorite foods.
I'm learning to eat vegetables with sandwiches instead of chips. Drink water & lemon with each meal, not soft drinks or punch. I'm even enjoying salads without salad dressing. Fresh fruits and vegetables seem to taste better in their own natural juices. Sometimes I still desire foods with empty calories, but I have learned to eat only a portion and in moderation. I am taking control of my food, it's not controlling me anymore!
To my surprise I viewed Lindy' s blog and saw that we felt the same about our food. So tell me my spark friends, how do you view your food?
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    I view my food as the single biggest determiner of my mood -- my food can totally turn things around for me. When I eat the right things, at the right times, I feel calm and steady and capable of doing just about anything. My body will feel pain-free and I can move smoothly. When I eat the junky food I feel 'less than', overwhelmed, and crabby. I'll feel achey and tired. I'll feel like my fibromyalgia has come back.

    Food is a mighty weapon in my 'feeling good' arsenal!
    3465 days ago
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    Believe it or not, I now view food as medication that I have to take. I eat what I have to to reach my carb, fat, and protein grams and try to reach my minimum calories. I still have the occasional treat but I really don't enjoy them like I used to.

    I don't consider it a bad thing to think along these lines. Putting my food in the same category as medicine and exercise makes it easier for me not to think about it as much. It's just a job I have to do to get to where I want to be, OFF MY MEDS!

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    3491 days ago
    Ahhhh, food... Food can be difficult for me at times. Just when I think I have things under control, something happens to make me humble again. I love food. I love to cook and bake. I love to eat. It was really hard to learn portion control and to make myself stop eating at one serving of anything. It's definitely possible to overeat on healthy food and gain weight. It's not just junk food that can pack on the pounds. My big deal with food is that I am an emotion eater and have struggled with disordered eating periodically over the years. Stress, physical or emotional, can push me back into disordered eating habits. I'm learning to give it up to God because only His strenght is enough.

    3492 days ago
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    I view it the exact same way as you. I enjoy what I eat based on the nutritional value.
    3493 days ago
    I have a disordered realtionship with food.
    On the one hand I love to eat on the other hand I hate it and I just do it because otherwise my body doesn't function properly.
    So the perfect combination should be to enjoy the food that is nurishing your body. Am learning to look at it like that.
    3494 days ago
    I listened to an audio book I got from the library

    The End Of Overeating: Take Control Of The Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler, M.D.

    It was about how fast foods, restaurants, prepared foods, junk food, etc. is all made in away that they don't give you a full feeling and we keep eating and eating.

    Basically we are to think of food as fuel for what we are doing, so if I am watching TV after dinner I should eat light. If I am going to the gym, then eat more.
    3494 days ago
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