Weight Loss Support - Anyone else eat just because they LIKE it?




ZedAus
05-05-2007, 07:58 PM
I have read many posts about WHY people eat and each time I wonder "Is that why I eat?", "Is that why I became SO big?" I have finally come to the realisation that I think I eat simply because "I LIKE IT". I enjoy eating. I LOVE the flavours of food. I don't think I have any other reason/excuse. I know that I used to eat a LOT more when I was stressed, but that certainly wasn't a lifetime occurrence, so that is NOT the reason that I got to over 350lbs.

Of course, now I eat a lot differently, but I think I still eat for the same reasons. 1. I love the flavours. 2. I just LIKE eating.

People say that when they change their lifestyles they suddenly begin to realise that they "Eat to live, not live to eat." Well, I am not sure I will ever get to the point where I simply see food as a source of energy for my body.
Even now, after over 3 years of a changed lifestyle, I look forward to each meal/snack and think about the delicious flavours I will be able to partake in. At first I was worried about this mindset and would berate myself that I couldn't simply look at food as 'energy'. Then I talked to my dietician friend and she said that she is the same. She lost about 80lbs quite a number of years ago and she STILL sees food the same way I do. That was a relief.

I suppose that I HAVE made wonderful changes, and I now 'see' junk food for what it is, and I want to have much healthier food in my system. So I understand (after lots of reading and talks with my dietician friend) what my body needs to function better. I now LOVE the flavours of fresh vegetables and fruit, whereas before I hardly even noticed them underneath all of the sauces and pastry. I prefer much more 'natural' flavours now, and don't miss the fattier, sweeter, creamier ones at all. I eat very little processed foods and prepare almost all of my own meals.

So, with all of these changes, I have been able to lose a lot of weight and have now kept it off for over 12 months, which is wonderful, and I am learning to appreciate the fact that this is actually a GREAT achievement. So I can stop kicking myself for still loving food and still looking forward to each and every meal. I am allowed to still eat a good amount of food, as long as it is mostly vegetables or natural, healthy food.

Oh dear... I think I have been on my soapbox long enough now. I was originally just curious as to whether other people eat for this same reason, or whether most people have 'reasons' for why they overeat.

Thanks for 'listening,

Zelma


Michelle
05-05-2007, 08:30 PM
Well for me, I've been an emotional eater for quite awhile, since being heavier. I remember when I was thinner, whenever I would get stressed or upset, I would do the opposite and not eat. I LOVE food, the taste, texture and I just enjoy taking my time and enjoying every single bite. My family always says I eat way too slow, but I like to enjoy it.:D

shrinkingchica
05-05-2007, 08:35 PM
I have always been a slow eater as well. :)

But, when I was on my way up in #s I would be eating and NOT enjoying what was in front of me because I would be thinking about what my next meal was going to be and when I could eat again. I still think that way, only, now I am very concerned with my caloric intake and the overall substance of the food I take in. Eating is also often an experience associated with guilt for me and that will poison any ice cream sundae for me. :(


rockinrobin
05-05-2007, 08:43 PM
Oh yeah, I like food. Although I don't think that was the primary reason I allowed myself to get to 287 lbs. I do think there was some kind of underlying stuff going on in my head. Lots of people like food, they just don't overeat it to the extent that I did.

I still do love food. I have definitely owned up to that fact. I will never look at food as simply energy for my body. But that's okay. I even enjoy my food now more then before. I've said this many times. Before when I was shoveling everything and anything into my mouth I didn't really appreciate anything all that much. Like the spoiled kid who has too many toys, he is never satisfied and appreciates nothing. Now I truly savor every morsel. I look forward to my meals. I even like the whole planning, shopping, preparing, gathering up recipes, checking out nutritional information aspect of it now. I enjoy a big plateful of roasted vegetables just as much, if not more then the bag of cookies I would eat in the past. I appreciate the textures, the scents, the colors, the quality, and the good it does for me.
Oh and the flavors as well.

So yes, I love food. And I have figured out how to love both the food and love me as well. I have figured out that the high quantity of high calorie food is definitely not worth it. That I can have just as much enjoyment (if not more) from my food without risking my life by eating too much of it.

baffled111
05-05-2007, 08:50 PM
I do! I've been giving this same issue some thought, Zelma, for the same reasons. I'm not really an emotional eater (which is not to say that I don't occasionally sabotage myself when feeling depressed)--mostly I overeat because I LOVE to eat. I love food. Cooking it, buying it, eating it, reading about it. I buy beautiful cookbooks for different ethnic foods, read recipes online for hours; I also love to feed people. Really, I just love food and I have a hard time stopping when I'm full because things still taste delicious even when I'm full.

God. Listen to me. It's a miracle that my highest weight ever was only 185.

The nice thing is that I don't have an unreasonable love of junk food, and that I like alot of variety in my diet. I can fetishize grilled vegetables and blackened fish just as easily as I fetishize cheese. Almost. I really love good cheese.

jtammy
05-05-2007, 09:08 PM
Oh yes, I don't just like to eat, I love to eat! I don't think I would say I was ever really an emotional eater. I did eat out of emotion, but it was rare. I just liked to eat, and got used to eating big quantities. I still have to figure out ways to get more "bang for my buck" and find low calorie -high volume foods. I think I have expanded my taste buds in the process. I enjoy the flavors or fruits and vegetables so much more than I used to.

As far as thinking of food as energy, I occasionally do that, in that I do consider what foods will give me more energy and will fuel my body. I mean that I know that I feel better when I eat lean protein, fiber and fresh fruits and vegetables than if I ate processed junk food. However, I eat things that I love, and I look forward to it. Right now, I've just finished dinner, and I'm already planning oatmeal for breakfast, and anticipating how good it will taste (my comfort food breakfast).

ZedAus, I don't ever kick myself for loving food either. I really haven't considered it. I love to eat, and will continue to, I'm sure.

BlueToBlue
05-05-2007, 09:46 PM
I love everything about food. I love to think about food, talk about food, grocery shop, go to the farmers market, browse for gourmet food products, plan meals, look for new recipes, read about food, prepare new recipes, grow my own food, but most of all, I love to eat it. About the only thing I don't like about food is the clean-up. I guess you could say that food is one of my hobbies. I can't believe I could ever look at it as mere sustenance.

In fact, I took today to spend some time pampering myself. I got a massage and a pedicure, and rented a movie to watch tonight (my SO is off with friends so I have the house to myself--YAY!). A big part of my pampering plans was picking out a new, low calorie meal to make for myself for dinner. The recipe is Chicken and Wild Mushroom Fricassee and I'm ridiculously excited about it.

And I swear, my last thought before I go to bed every night is that when I wake up, I'll get to have breakfast!

I'm also not an emotional eater or a stress eater. In fact, I'm the opposite; I don't eat at those times, sometimes to the extreme. Instead, food is entertainment for me. I eat when I'm bored and I eat for the pleasure I get out of it. One of the things I've struggled with as I've lost weight is not immediately turning to food every time I have a spare moment.

doIlookfat?
05-05-2007, 09:55 PM
Hi Zelma! I'm a regular on the Tnet board as well. Maybe you've seen my name....a-b-c-Dee?

I'm the original poster who said stress is the number one reason I overeat, but if it didn't TASTE so good, I wouldn't eat it and it wouldn't work so well! I love, love, love to eat! (but hate, hate, hate to cook) I think that's why I choose food as my coping mechanism, and only foods I adore more than anything in the world. I need something to make me feel good. I'm at the point where fruits and veggies just don't cut it for me as a stress reliever. It's peanut butter, bread, and cheese right now, unfortunately. Comfort foods that are easy to prepare, if at all. They really work wonders on my anxiety attacks. Right now it's either eat what I want or feel horrible chest pains. The doctors prescribe me things that wack me out and make me feel worse, so I don't go to them anymore for help. I live in a small town without professional help like a dietition (or one that I trust). I'm pretty much on my own, except for this site. I'm taking it one day at a time.

I wish I could live in your shoes for just one day to see how you do it. At this point it all seems like a lifestyle I just can't seem to jumpstart. But I keep trying. Thanks for the inspiration and hope.

Heidi (a-b-c-Dee)
180/167/139

lilybelle
05-05-2007, 10:01 PM
I also love to eat. I like to shop for just the right foods. I like to take my old favorite recipes and incorporate lower cal. ways to make them. Like others have mentioned, I fall asleep thinking of what I'll have for breakfast. I have gained a respect now for healthier eating. I prepare almost every single meal at home. I actually love to cook.

I'd like to think that I "eat to live" but it just isn't completely that way. Of course we all need food to survive, but I do get immense pleasure / satisfaction from eating.

Heather
05-05-2007, 10:02 PM
I also love to eat. One of my biggest worries when I started this journey was that I would feel deprived from the foods that I love. Luckily, I love the foods I eat now. Like robin, I think I taste them more and enjoy them more than ever.

But I do also eat for stress reasons sometimes, or for other reasons. Often when I do, I don't really taste and enjoy the food!

I do choose very different foods, try to get variety and pay much more attention to nutrients. Like many others have said, though, I don't ONLY see food as fuel...

Okay, this post is just a recycle of what everyone else just said. Is there a smilie for that?? :)

ZedAus
05-05-2007, 10:21 PM
Thank you all SO much!!! It is good to know that I am not alone. So many of you have similar things to say as well.

Michelle - I WISH I stopped eating when I was stressed. Mind you, I don't really want to be stressed either, so... You mentioned being a slow eater. One of my problems used to be that I could DEMOLISH a meal in a few minutes. I still loved the flavours, but I ate it WAY too fast, so was looking for new flavours before my stomach had registered the full feeling.

Charlotte - That feeling of guilt can be awful can't it? I am glad that my dietician friend told me to have a serving of ice cream every day for afternoon tea, as she knows it will stop other cravings for me. Because she has told me to have it I don't get the guilt with it, otherwise I wouldn't enjoy it so much.

Rockinrobin - I definitely enjoy my food more now. For one, I know it is better for me, so I take the time to appreciate that, and I also take more time to 'taste' things, rather than mindlessly eating. I still eat too fast, but I am getting better.

Baffled - I had the same problem of eating even when I WAS full. If there was something left that I knew would taste good, I just HAD to eat it. I am sure I would regularly eat enough for two or three grown men!

Tammy - I had to chuckle at your post. When you talked about just finishing dinner and planning your oatmeal, that is EXACTLY what I do. And oatmeal is my comfort food as well. Every morning!

Barbara - Another chuckle as I read your post. Most nights, as I am falling asleep, or reading, I am looking forward to falling asleep quicker so I get to have breakfast sooner. Only problem is that I have to exercise first, so that kinda takes a little of the excitement away. LOL

Heidi - HI!!!! I definitely know you from TNet. I am wondering whether it was you who first put me on to this site. I know it was someone from TNet. If it was you who recommended it, THANK YOU! I love this site. Oh, I DID used to eat when under stress as well, but that wasn't my primary problem. Also, I am sure you will get to where I am sooner than you think. I have heard it said that habits can be broken and new ones established in a few weeks, but for me it took MUCH longer than that. I mentioned this to my doctor at my last visit and she said that was normal. She said that many people who think they have changed a habit actually haven't and find it easy to revert back to old habits. I found that it probably took me close to 12 months before I was actually comfortable with many of the changes I made, such as regular excercising and eating better foods. Some things took even longer. I wonder whether some people have it in their heads that habits can be broken/changed much sooner than that and when they have a 'lapse', they feel as though they have failed and just give up, thining that they are unable to change their lifestyle. Just give yourself plenty of time to adjust to each new change. Don't expect miracles in your behaviours, or you are setting yourself up for failure.
It is GREAT to see you here and know who you are now.

Lilybelle - I don't really like to cook that much, but since changing my lifestyle I find that I enjoy it more than I used to. I think what I enjoy most is changing recipes (like you said) to make them healthier. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Wyllen - You are SO right about not tasting the food when we eat just because of stress. I know when my father passed away earlier in the year I found a couple of times that I would get to the end of a 'large' low-fat soft serve yoghurt - my decadent treat - and wouldn't even have tasted a mouthful. I missed out on all that enjoyment!

Take care all,

Zelma

trekkiegirl
05-06-2007, 01:06 AM
I love to eat, too, and I wouldn't say I'm an emotional eater either. I think I learned from an early age (and not the greateast of childhoods) to keep my mind stronger than my feelings so they tend to stay at a pretty even keel anyway. I don't see any changes in my eating habits based on my emotional fluctuations. The only significant time I can think of is when my father died of cancer 18 years ago and I actually lost 20 pounds.
But I do like salty junk food. One of the things with me was that I'd be watching tv or reading or in front of the computer and that's when my hand's in the bag and I wouldn't be paying much attention to how much I was eating, just enjoying the taste! :o

PinkyPie
05-06-2007, 05:20 AM
I love to eat. I am 100% Foodie through and through. However, sometimes I DO eat not just because I love food. Sometimes I eat when I'm bored, sometimes I eat when I'm tired. Sometimes I eat when I'm upset. It's at these times that I'm eating and NOT actually enjoying the food, flavours and textures that are going in my mouth.

I grew up very poor and we ate a lot of stuff just to have food in our bellies. I only learned that I loved good food when I was an adult and out on my own for the first time (discovering vegetables actually didn't only come from a can...) and I went a bit overboard. I only really had food/weight/emotions issues when I became an adult although I remember a few times eating in secret when I was a kid because we weren't allowed any sugars in any form at home (so I went and bought boxes of Little Debbies with my cleaning money and ate them all before I would arrive home, for example).

I never really learned about any sort of moderation with food until I joined Weight Watchers. Sure, you can eat and enjoy food all you want... it's the AMOUNT one puts in their body that makes the difference.

srmb60
05-06-2007, 07:09 AM
I'm with Barbara. I love it all. The planning, the shopping, recipes ... My brother called me the other day because he'd found a new grocery store. We talked for over 40 minutes about his wonderful finds.

For me it's been all about channeling that interest into more healthy channels.

smisen
05-06-2007, 08:12 AM
ABSOLUTELY!! I love to eat and I love to try new foods and new flavors. I participate in a lot of psychology research studies as a healthy control subject to bring in some extra money, and I always laugh when they ask if I've ever had any trouble with eating disorders. I will never become anorexic on account of how much I love food :)

Of course, that seems to have led to some other problems, but I hope I'm on the way to fixing those. As I've been trying to change my diet, I've been realizing how good foods feel in my body and how bad, processed foods feel. I hate the really heavy, uncomfortable full feeling that I get after eating a bad meal and I love the feeling of being satisfied, but not in pain after eating a lighter, healthier meal.

One of the words of wisdom that has really helped me connect things came from my bellydance teacher - "Enjoy eating, love eating, but never eat so much that you can't get up and perform at a moment's notice." I believe it's possible to live to eat, not just eat to live, but do it in a way that is healthier.

rubberlegs
05-06-2007, 09:53 AM
I have a low thyroid - not low enough to gain me 125+ lbs, but enough to make it difficult for me to lose weight. For a long time, I just had no clue about how to lose weight properly (cottage cheese, salad, and jello were the only things I would eat in 11th grade) and when I fell off the wagon, I ate everything in sight. I just made too many poor choices. When I'm doing good, I cook and enjoy my food more. When I'm not, I tend to eat a lot of fast food because I can't be bothered with cooking. A foodie I'm not (or better, wasn't).

CousinRockingChair
05-06-2007, 10:35 AM
Hey-

I like this thread a lot, its been illuminating..but I wanted to point out that loving food does not mean you'd never get anorexia. Anorexics LOVE food, its not about how much they desire eating or whatever, its all about control, feelings, etc

I didn't mean to be rude but as someone with an eating disorder history I always feel compelled to point this kind of thing out - anorexics are obsessed with food, fantasize about it! I did, anyway.

jillybean720
05-06-2007, 10:57 AM
Yup. Food--LOVE it. And what I love most is FATTY foods. I can turn up my nose at a candy bar or pudding or any chocolate or candy, really, but give me the option of cheesecake, greasy bacon cheeseburgers, and fried mozzarella sticks, and, baby, I am in LOVE! So much so that even after eating "clean" for an extended period of time, I know such foods will actually make me physically ill, butI will eat them anyway, despite knowing that my stomach will cramp and hurt and I'll be spending more time in the bathroom afterwards :o It's the only thing in my life from which I can get instant gratification. I want food, I get food, it's yummy, I'm happy--the end. Everything else takes so much more work, time, frustration, etc., but food is a quick and easy fix. And it's not an emotional thing for me, either, unless it counts that I will eat on account of ANY emotion :p Whether or not to stop for fast food after work is just as much a battle for me at the end of a good day as it is at the end of a bad day. And always for the super-fatty cheeseburgers, never the carb-full fries.

Oh, and I really hate to cook. I don't mind baking (I often make brownies or cookie pizzas or whatever and bring them in to the office for everyone), but actually cooking dinner or makng lunches for the week or whatever is nothing more than a chore and a bother for me.

So yes--food. I've always loved it. I remember even when I was little how excited I would be to go to a family picnic or a cousin's birthday party or any socail family event because I knew there would be good food there, and I would spend most of my time with the adults instead of playing with the other kids because the adults were with the food. So hey, maybe that's why I've always been so mature for my age :dizzy:

almostheaven
05-06-2007, 11:39 AM
Yup. Food--LOVE it. And what I love most is FATTY foods. I can turn up my nose at a candy bar or pudding or any chocolate or candy, really, but give me the option of cheesecake, greasy bacon cheeseburgers, and fried mozzarella sticks, and, baby, I am in LOVE! So much so that even after eating "clean" for an extended period of time, I know such foods will actually make me physically ill, butI will eat them anyway, despite knowing that my stomach will cramp and hurt and I'll be spending more time in the bathroom afterwards :o
That sounds like a problem I have. Its why I can't keep stuff in the house, or I have to keep it out of my sight. Hubby thankfully likes bad foods, but not the SAME bad foods I like. Though he does get bags of chips, but I keep them out of sight so they don't tempt me. Yet since there's no french onion dip, they're not AS tempting. :D

And my other problem with it is that not only can it make me ill eating it, but it also makes me just want more of it that day and sometimes into the next day. So I try to just avoid it as much as possible. Ocassionally I go off plan and eat something...like Wendy's spicy chicken...mmmmmmmmmmmm, or Ruby's spicy buffalo chicken tenders. Ok, now I'm getting hungry. ;) But a bowl of Raisin Bran and 2 of the baby's lunchable crackers with cheese and ham will have to do for now. I'll save the spicy chickens for another day.

I've been stalled out for so long and want to finally reach my goal but have had so much going on that I haven't really put effort into it. Need to get back to that mindset and get my mind OFF food. This AIN'T helping. :dizzy:

Berridrops
05-06-2007, 11:49 AM
Yep, I love food too! I remember when I was younger, I would sneak food into my room and hide it under my bed from my parents. I remember being so happy after going shopping and having junk food in the house. I know exactly how I ballooned up to my highest weight; I ate junk because I loved it, and I still love it!

I also recently noticed believe it or not that I just eat when I am stressed... I just get this, "who cares" attitude and then I stuff my face with food.

I will never get over my love for food, I'm just now incorporating healthier food choices and finding some of those healthy foods to love.

AuntieMameNJ
05-06-2007, 11:53 AM
So glad you brought this subject up.

Though we're all aware that emotional eating does exist, I'm getting a little sick of the media and others assuming that all overweight folks are emotional eaters.

We are not ALL emotional eaters.

ennay
05-06-2007, 12:00 PM
I was reading "The Kabalah of food" and it talks about 3 historical approaches to food from a spiritual standpoint

Acetic - this is the mindset of fasting for purity, minimal food -
Puritan - food is a necessary evil. food is fuel. food for enjoyment is gluttony. Eat to live and no more
Gratitude - this is about ENJOYING the food, honoring what it does for us physically and emotionally, enjoying the tastes, the social aspects, the sensory experience all as a gift.

I think the differentiation that has to be made is that if you truly LOVE food, then eat as if you LOVE it. Mindfully. Because the problem usually lies in that your mind wanders and you eat way MORE than you would really love.

Eat as if it is a sensual experience.

Think how an intimate moment with your SO were diminished if you were reading, watching TV, on the internet and composing a shopping list...

rockinrobin
05-06-2007, 12:12 PM
Like I said earlier, yes I love food. But it is vital to keep it in its proper place. I do enjoy it, but I no longer abuse it. Because too much of a good thing - is just not so good.

doIlookfat?
05-06-2007, 04:09 PM
For me I wish it was only about loving food too much. I think if it didn't have the emotional ties that it does ON TOP of loving it so much, I wouldn't have the huge battle I'm fighting right now.

Personally I feel anyone who just loves food and doesn't NEED the food for other reasons (stress, boredom, anxiety, anger) almost 100% of the time, has an easier time conquering their weight problems. But of course, this is only my opinion and I'm sure someone here can find a reason to disagree with me. I just know I'm constantly faced with the double wammy of "I want to eat that because it tastes soooooooo good!" and "I want to eat it because it will make me feel soooooooo much better!" If it was just the first one by itself I might have a fighting chance.

Heidi

clvquilts
05-06-2007, 04:35 PM
Since joining 3FC 2 months ago, I've become obssessed with what I eat. I've always liked food and when I was on the med where I gained the 50 pounds, I binge ate because it made me excuriatingly hungry, but I've never been in love with food the way you all are discribing it.

Recently, I've been reading a lot of weight loss books and they all have a chapter on emotional eating. It was something that I just didn't 'get'. I didn't understand how food could be used for stress relief or comfort or any other emotion until I realized that I have used food to ellivate boredom. Now, I have empapthy for others when they talk about their food eating triggers.

So while I enjoy eating when I'm eating, normally, I don't spend much time thinking about what I'm going to eat at my next meal or what I'm going to buy on my next trip to the grocery.

jillybean720
05-06-2007, 06:41 PM
I just know I'm constantly faced with the double wammy of "I want to eat that because it tastes soooooooo good!" and "I want to eat it because it will make me feel soooooooo much better!" If it was just the first one by itself I might have a fighting chance.
I think for most of us, though, loving food is what makes eating it pleasurable, so it IS something that makes us feel better. At least, that's true for me, anyway. I wouldn't say I'm an emotional eater because, like I mentioned earlier, I'll eat for ANY emotion, good, bad, and enywhere in between. But the reason I eat is that I LOVE it, and doing something I love makes me happy. So I think it's all a bit tied together for some of us.

I hate to see you think you don't have "a fighting chance." The first step to HAVING a fighting chance is to believe and realize that you do :^: I don't think the journey is any easier for those with one obstacle or multiple--it's still all about conquering the mental demons for one reason or another, and that is never an easy task :hug:

LLV
05-07-2007, 09:00 AM
People say that when they change their lifestyles they suddenly begin to realise that they "Eat to live, not live to eat." Well, I am not sure I will ever get to the point where I simply see food as a source of energy for my body.
Even now, after over 3 years of a changed lifestyle, I look forward to each meal/snack and think about the delicious flavours I will be able to partake in.

Me too! And I think food SHOULD be enjoyed. I mean, let's face it, we need it to survive. So we may as well enjoy it in the process.

Some say that thinking of food ONLY as a fuel source is a healthier mindset. I've read this on other "diet" websites. Well, I totally disagree. I think food is a passion but like with any other substance, it's simply a matter of learning how to control it. There's nothing wrong with loving food. But the food must be controlled, you can't let IT control YOU. There's a biiiiiig difference there.

There are those, however, that feel more comfortable looking at food simply as fuel. It's how they keep their control. And that's fine for them, whatever works. I just think it's almost a little sad because they're not letting themselves enjoy anything. I know someone personally that WILL NOT allow herself to enjoy what she eats. And when I asked her why, she said, "Because if I start enjoying food again, I'll get fat again."

So everyone is different :)

By the way, Zelma, congrats on your weight loss, that's FANTASTIC!

JayEll
05-07-2007, 09:13 AM
I think the key here is mindfulness, as another poster commented. Yes, food is enjoyable--we're "supposed" to like food! If we didn't, how would we survive? The problem arises when (1) we cling to that enjoyment and want to repeat that experience again and again, (2) lots of food is available so we can indulge whenever we want.

I enjoy the foods I eat, but I notice that desire to repeat the pleasure. I don't try to deny it, but I do try not to let it carry me away into overeating.

Jay

rockinrobin
05-07-2007, 09:32 AM
I also find it amazing how my tastes have changed. Things I once enjoyed I would never find enjoyable now. And vice versa. If you would have told me a while back that I would actually LOVE, not like, but LOVE Fiber One Cereal and Kashi Go Lean cereal, I would have told you - no waay, impossible.

seranab
05-07-2007, 09:39 AM
My mum used to tell me off growing up because she claimed that I love food just too much. You see I love to shop for food, prepare it, eat it, share it, cook for others feel like i'm "looking after my husband." My dad is from North Africa, from an upper class family and his Dad loved food... especially expensive food, my dad is the same he will think twice about putting his hand in his pocket for a new pair of shoes but where food is concerned he doesnt think twice. My Dad comes from a family where luxury is the main concern. My Mum is the opposite, my mum eats to live. She doesn't need to have fine foods (she likes to be treated out occaisionally) but she's not very fussed when it comes to what foods she's eating. Me I'm like my dad, I like rich flavoured food, expensive foods (i don't like them because they're expensive they just happen to be the foods that are expensive), anything that has a lot of oil in (because oil is a fantastic flavour carrier and enhancer) also north african food is extremely high in oil. The funny thing is, my mum is the one overweight out of my parents and my dad is slim although he eats A LOT of bread, oil and especially sugar. His cholestoral isn't that bad either. So when I was younger we were SPOILT when my dad went shopping but when my mum did the shopping we hated it. My mum only bought the essentials and no processed food like chocolates or crips (chips). I love food and I dont feel guilty about it - as long as I'm eating good sized portions and at least trying to bring in a bit more fruit and vegetables and variety into my diet I expect to keep shedding the weight.

nelie
05-07-2007, 09:40 AM
I love food as well but I agree that my tastes have changed. Foods that I used to not really care for are now on my love list. I love kale... I love broccoli... I love zucchini... I love eggplant... Oh how I could go on and on. I also love bread, cheesecake, ice cream, etc. I don't like how the higher calorie foods make me feel though. I also don't like their effect on my body. So I eat the healthier foods I love more often and keep the unhealthier foods I love to a less often status :)

lipidful
05-07-2007, 11:30 AM
I definitely eat b/c I simply like to eat. ;)
I have a combination of factors. Sometimes I can feel the emotional/boredom trigger compelling me to reach for food. Other times, I just like the taste of the food. Sometimes it's a combination. It's very complicated, indeed!

Beach Patrol
05-07-2007, 11:55 AM
I'm another who simply "enjoys food". There have been times when I've eaten "stupid" - mostly due to Aunt Flo, but most of the time I eat really bad (like days & days & weeks & weeks worth of bad... not just one or two meals or snacks) have been due to boredom. But almost always the simple GOOD TASTE of the food. Mostly those 2nd portions... you know, "Man that was good!!! Is there any more????" :rolleyes: And that's how I inched my way up to 178 pounds.

Now (again :dz: ) I am in that paying close attention to when I am full. So no matter how good something tastes, I won't eat too much of it - well, most of the time, anyway. ;)

My big thing has always been sweets. I have a sweet tooth from ****, & it's been that way since I was a kid. Only now, sugar is making me sick. I'm borderline diabetic & my cholesterol is WAY high. So I'm making a concentrated effort to get off the processed sugars.

And of course I am "cake girl" at work... each month, we celebrate the employees birthdays of that month & I am responsible for getting & serving the cake. The past two months, I have not had a problem with it. But sometimes, I want cake SO BAD... this morning, I had a taste of leftover cake from our party last Friday.... it was soooo sweet, it made me gag. GOOD! :lol: that is the way I want it to be!

And now... for lunch... soup & a salad. :D

Shoocraze
05-07-2007, 03:32 PM
I understand completely about eating BECAUSE you simply love the food....the taste the texture etc. Don't get me wrong I am an emotional eater but Alot of my weight comes from the love of food.
And no I will never be one who eats to live rather than live to eat! But I will change my eating habits anyway! lol