I have been taking a class: Understanding Your Relationship With Food - with Dr. G. - she's a PHD psychologist with special interest in health issues. There are six of us in the class.
Food for thought. Dr. G passed out a paper to us last night...
Relationship with Food
- by Jeannine Tell PHD. adapted by Dr. G.
"One of the most important relationships that will change dramatically when you make a permanent lifestyle change is your relationship with food. We all have a personal relationship with food - who among us hasn't had a childhood experience when food was used as nurturance or to convey love? Major life events, positive and negative, are often centered around food - weddings, funerals, celebrations, holidays, babies, etc. We have become a culture that simply does not view food as mere fuel. It is normal for you to be anxious about how you will successfully transform your relationship with food. The first step is too acknowledge your concerns and reach out for help from peers and/or professionals. The second is to consider the transformation as a complex grief process. You will most likely experience a loss of what food has meant to you (on many levels) throughout your life as you learn to use new coping mechanisms and tools. Do not be surprised if the feelings you experience are quite similar to those you have experienced following the loss of a loved one. It is healthy to acknowledge this and work through it just as you have other losses in your life - you are not crazy. Reach out for help just as you would for any significant life loss and be sure to reach out to those your turst and with whom you feel safe."
Dr. G. also mentioned that when we make huge lifestyle changes with food - that some
people actually go through a greiving process. There are steps in a greiving process:
* denial replaced by anger, rage, envy, and resentment;
* ultimate acceptance
I wanted to share this with you all because we are the 100 pound forum. Food is definately more than fuel for us. I thought it might be helpful to some folks.
Food for thought...anyway.