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Thursday, September 17, 2009

I am of course still learning about how to deal with food. I love food and the family feelings of a good meal shared with loved ones are great. I know nothing really that makes me happier than spending time with my family and food. I know there are other good times but most happy times seem to have food involved.

I like to eat well prepared food. Whether I prepared it myself of other prepared it I think good food and great memories go together. I have been thinking since yesterday evening about habits and food choices.

While great food can be had in celebration or food can be eaten because it is a habit I am going to start thinking about how I will feel later when I make a choice. So now it is OK to choose whatever food I want if it will make me feel better later. If eating it will drag me down then that is not a good choice. I good burger while high in calories might be OK. I doughnut will not because the high sugar affects me badly.

I am giving this some thought!
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  • GXROXY
    One of the hardest things for me to overcome is the connection I had made with food and celebrations. It started while I was just a young girl, yet carried on to adulthood. I have also taken on the mindset that food is a tool that my body needs to do it's job. No more, no less. I don't need to live to eat, I need to et to live. This is something that I work on daily, and continue to struggle with. Hang in there.... We will make it!
    4024 days ago
  • 4MYPTS
    This evening while at the Temple, I had the choice of eating cooked/prepared foods, or fresh fruits and veggies and I chose the latter, then I treated myself to small slices (2) of choc mousse cake, which was delightful and within my calorie range.

    I think the fragment; food for thought is really useful, if you think about what you're going to make and plan it, you are more likely to make good choices.

    I also find that if I need a sugar pick-me-up, a tablespoon of brown sugar does the trick.... although if I need chocolate I try to stick with dark chocolate and have some peanut butter with it....

    You're on the right path. emoticon
    4028 days ago
  • CASE4GRACE
    A pastor at a church I used to attend would always counsel people not to forfeit their future for the sake of their present. I think you are wise to apply that to how you make choices about what you will eat. Too often we (I) just think about how that food will make me feel right now while I'm eating it and don't really give much thought to how I'm going to feel later (both the physical effects and also the emotional effects, like guilt, shame, etc., if it's not a good choice). Thanks for sharing your insight!
    4028 days ago
  • CINCYDORA
    I'm with you there. I just love food and anything I do to try to counter that triggers bad behavior. I think it's a very smart idea to focus on how the food makes your body feel, not just immediately after eating it but for the whole day. I think that's a more positive way to approach food than to think how much weight you won't lose if you eat it.
    4029 days ago
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    I think that food is the same for most of us. Memories of meals and events, thoughts of traditional foods and how we enjoy them. Some of that is "comfort food." It was such a revelation to me that even when I serve healthier versions of traditional food, the family is supportive. I also have added more veggies to the meals, lighter desserts much of the time. Sunday we had ice cream and my son who is anti-diet ate the lower calorie ice cream because it was "double churned" and not low fat.

    It was such a revelation to me that when I serve snacks, I'll have M&Ms on the table with carrots and tomatoes and grapes, the fruits and veggies go faster than the chocolate although some eat only the chocolate.

    The transition to healthier choices is really an easy one. We now do whole wheat noodles in the lasagna and low fat ricotta and turkey. The kids usually don't care. I have oven fried chicken, and rarely salt the food like I used to. Some will salt it, but many don't.

    Keep going. Life is a work in progress, not an end of the road. Hold to the rod.
    4029 days ago
  • TANYA210
    Great way of thinking.

    Tanya
    4029 days ago
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    Good job! Keep it up! Have a great week.
    4029 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    That is so good. that is how a star is born. You are doing great, coming along nicely. You are on the right track to freedom from 'not so good' choices. It's all about the family and the gatherings and the fun. Good food is great! Too much, even good food, is not.

    You Rock!
    4029 days ago
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