100 lb. Club - Do you ever wish you just didn't have to eat to survive?




hpnodat
10-13-2009, 10:29 AM
I do. Sometimes. :(

I had a rough last few days. Not completely off plan and binging or anything but just over on calories (not way over just a few hundred over) and not eating planned food.

I know why I ate over and it's because I didn't plan. I got to feeling sorry for myself. Having a bite of this and that and not logging it. It can escalate into something bad for me if I don't watch it. I'm glad I still had enough sense to get myself on track. My body is pretty sensitive to the weather and seasons so when it gets dreary out I start feeling dreary too, I know this contributed to my off plan weekend as well. I guess the first step is knowing. 2nd step is doing something about it, so I'm doing it now.

I just wish I didn't have to eat sometimes. Of course if I didn't have to eat I'd probably have some sort of other issue to deal with. ;)


paris81
10-13-2009, 10:55 AM
Yes! Even if you don't believe that food is an addiction, I think that most people acknowledge that it comes awfully close...and all other addicts don't need their drug of choice to survive. Imagine asking an alcoholic to have one drink every day? It wouldn't work!

DCHound
10-13-2009, 11:07 AM
I have wished many times I could just take a magic pill and give up food entirely.


Beverlyjoy
10-13-2009, 11:54 AM
I have thought that too - many times. It sometimes becomes 'over whelming" - always dealing with food and choices. Good thing you can prepare for the future - but LIVE today.

Lyn2007
10-13-2009, 01:05 PM
Yeah, I have felt that way. That's when I tried just buying protein shakes and drinking them for meals so I never had to think about food anymore. Of course, that didn't work out so well for me...

JayEll
10-13-2009, 01:27 PM
No, never. I think food is wonderful. It is what I do with it that is a problem.

Some foods I just don't eat, unless it is a tightly controlled situation, that is, I only buy one serving--I don't typically keep those foods in the house.

Jay

rockinrobin
10-13-2009, 01:27 PM
I have wished many times I could just take a magic pill and give up food entirely.

Me too. In fact, well I'm probably dating myself here. There used to be a cartoon on television - the Jetsons. They were a family that lived in the future. There meals consisted of pills. I always thought how wonderful it would be if it really were like that. Then food wouldn't be such an issue for me.

But until I saw this thread, I can't recall the last time I "wished" for that.

cfmama
10-13-2009, 02:54 PM
I used to wish for that. My first 4-5 months of my new lifestyle it was all I wished for! But I've come to terms with my eating now... it's what I DO with the food that can be the problem. So I try my best to control that aspect!

rockinrobin
10-13-2009, 05:05 PM
No, never. I think food is wonderful. It is what I do with it that is a problem.


Back in my super morbidly obese days I didn't think I was capable of controlling that problem that I had with food. So instead of working toward repairing the problem, I just wished to take away the entire food equation. No food to deal with - no problem! Luckily I didn't waste too much time wishing for something that would never happen.

Although I wasted plenty of years (2+ decades) not working towards repairing the problem. :(

Jadebatdog
10-13-2009, 08:49 PM
I love food but I hate that I have to plan my whole day around it.

HeyHeyGabby
10-14-2009, 01:33 AM
I love food but I hate that I have to plan my whole day around it.

that is exactly how i feel! i just feel like whether im on plan or off plan food will always be what my day centers around. hopefully this feeling will go away in a few months or so, but i just dont know :?:.

Suezeeque
10-14-2009, 01:47 AM
I enjoy eating a lot when I'm in the right groove; then it's pleasurable because I have the additional satisfaction of feeling I'm going the right thing for myself. When I'm being compulsive it feels completely different, like this huge source of misery and guilt. I watch "normal" people eat and enjoy food and not get fat and envy them. Why do I have this condition? I sit on the pity pot. I'll admit though, after all these years, and endless diets, sometimes I get bone-tired of having to think about food. but, I guess not enough to wish I didn't have to eat ever.

rockinrobin
10-14-2009, 07:36 AM
that is exactly how i feel! i just feel like whether im on plan or off plan food will always be what my day centers around. hopefully this feeling will go away in a few months or so, but i just dont know :?:.

Yes but any time, thought and effort put into thinking about ON PLAN food is HIGHLY productive time. It's time put to excellent use. As it provides a trim and healthy you.

Much better then time WASTED wishing and hoping and dying to be thin.

Anything that matters, anything that is important DOES take time and thought. Eating healthy won't happen on it's own. It just won't happen by chance. It's got to be thought out.

funnycanadiangirl
10-14-2009, 08:16 AM
Me too. In fact, well I'm probably dating myself here. There used to be a cartoon on television - the Jetsons. They were a family that lived in the future.

Not dating yourself at all. The Jetsons are iconic! I was just a baby when they did the Jetsons the second time, but I grew up with Hanna-Barbera cartoons! I don't know anyone who doesn't know the Jetsons! (They're making a live action movie like they did with the Flinstones!)

Sorry, I realise this is totally off-topic. The point is I would ALSO like to live like the Jetsons - it would be so great if my robot maid Rosie could just give me a pill and send me off feeling full. My life would be so much easier! Planning my food is so aggravating!!!

rockinrobin
10-14-2009, 09:06 AM
Planning my food is so aggravating!!!

Aww, come now. Like I said in the previous post, it's time very well spent and is vital to our good and healthy lives. It's worth it. Don't be aggravated by it. Try and find the joy in it. Yes, the joy. Take pride in the fact that you CARE what you put in your body and you just don't feed it any old thing. Take pride in the fact that you respect yourself enough to make this a priority. Make it an adventure. Make it exciting. Keep in mind what it does for you. Because it does a lot. And it and YOU are worth it. Because it and you - ARE. :)

JayEll
10-14-2009, 11:06 AM
It doesn't have to be "that way" forever. You'll get used to it. The way I see it, the difference between having a "plan" and not having one is just that when you get hungry, you know how to make good choices if you have a plan.

I think lots of us folks got used to cruising through life looking for the next feeding opportunity, thinking only about what would taste good. Now that has to change, because obviously, if it worked, we wouldn't be here.

I don't plan every single bite I take anymore--but I always know what I'm doing. Sometimes I make bad choices, but I always keep in mind that what I eat is a choice--no one makes me eat anything.

OTOH, some people plan in detail for a long time. You have to find out what works for you. But don't give up just because you're not used to thinking about it...

Jay

ubergirl
10-14-2009, 11:23 AM
Yes. I used to think this. Because I was so sick and tired of how much mental space food was taking up.

In fact, over the last couple years, I started to realize that I didn't eat too much because I loved food so much. Oddly enough, I really didn't like food very much at all. In some ways I hated food-- I hated it because it had so much control over me, because it often made me feel sick, wasted my money and time and made me feel out of control.

I'm sure it must be a lot the way an alcoholic or drug addict feels.

When you eat constantly but are rarely hungry it is not a pleasant experience at all.

There was an article by Micheal Pollan, the Defense of Food guy, in the New York Times Magazine last week in which he published a bunch of "rules for eating". They were suggestions that had been sent in by readers and he had chosen some of his favorites.

The one that really resonated with me was "If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not hungry enough to eat."

Now that I'm eating for nourishment, not shoving my face out of some weird obsessive-compulsive compunction, I ENJOY my food much more.

It has been years since I've really understood the true pleasure of a crunchy apple or a slice of whole grain bread.

So no. Not now. I wouldn't rather take a pill than drink hot coffee with milk, or eat a crunchy apple, or savor home grown tomatoes with basil and olive oil.

But for all of the jelly beans and Dove bars and french fries... I might as well have taken a pill. It would have been cleaner and more efficient

rockinrobin
10-14-2009, 12:17 PM
Yes. I used to think this. Because I was so sick and tired of how much mental space food was taking up.

In fact, over the last couple years, I started to realize that I didn't eat too much because I loved food so much. Oddly enough, I really didn't like food very much at all. In some ways I hated food-- I hated it because it had so much control over me, because it often made me feel sick, wasted my money and time and made me feel out of control.

I'm sure it must be a lot the way an alcoholic or drug addict feels.

When you eat constantly but are rarely hungry it is not a pleasant experience at all.

There was an article by Micheal Pollan, the Defense of Food guy, in the New York Times Magazine last week in which he published a bunch of "rules for eating". They were suggestions that had been sent in by readers and he had chosen some of his favorites.

The one that really resonated with me was "If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not hungry enough to eat."

Now that I'm eating for nourishment, not shoving my face out of some weird obsessive-compulsive compunction, I ENJOY my food much more.

It has been years since I've really understood the true pleasure of a crunchy apple or a slice of whole grain bread.

So no. Not now. I wouldn't rather take a pill than drink hot coffee with milk, or eat a crunchy apple, or savor home grown tomatoes with basil and olive oil.

But for all of the jelly beans and Dove bars and french fries... I might as well have taken a pill. It would have been cleaner and more efficient

Yes. Yes. And more - yes. Great post!

LOVE the Michael Pollan line, although now that I stopped shoving those man made foods down my throat, I have no problem grabbing for that apple. Back in the day I would laugh at an apple. Now? I can not believe how sweet and delicious they are.

Without a doubt, I am enjoying food IMMENSELY now (and wouldn't trade it for a pill) - waaaaaay more then I was when I was eating everything and anything. Hands down. No two ways about. :broc:

KaCee J
10-14-2009, 02:08 PM
Kinda off thread, but about planning food...
Planning food is aggravating, but what is more aggravating is...
planning to suck it in and push through the turnstyle at the ballpark
planning to drive an hour if i need new clothes (no plus size places in my area)
planning to leave early for the movie to save a few seats b/c i gotta wedge myself in em
planning some excuse to get out of a floating trip b/c i don't want to get in a swimsuit
planning how im going to make emergency alterations to my bridesmaid dress b/c i can't fit in it and its a week b4 the wedding
.....i could do this all day! so when i think about being aggravated with having to plan my food, well now, doesn't seem so bad after all...

:) :) :)