I'm finding that as time goes on, I'm no longer "enjoying" food. It may taste good, but I don't get a surge of well being if I eat something that would have given me that feeling in the past (ie: a piece of cake, or even a really good apple). I don't know if it's because I've finally broken my strong link between emotion and food, or because I'm so focused on food being a fuel, that I've lost connection with the other things - socialization, adventure, satisfaction - that go along with it.
I rarely look in my fridge or pantry and go "oh yeah, that would be so good for dinner tonight". I'll make a meal, ensure it's balanced, eat it mindlessly, and carry on. I don't savour my food (though I do eat slowly), because I don't enjoy it.
OH and I were going to go out for dinner tonight, and when the plans got cancelled I didn't care. Why? Because I had figured out that I would have chicken breast and salad...something I eat on a regular basis anyway. There's no novelty to it any more. (btw: the chicken breast at the restaurant still got a D grade on here! blah!)
What about everyone else? Do you find this happening? Have you resolved it? I hope that there is a way I can get my groove back, to enjoy food, and still lose weight. Im a good cook. I try to mix it up - different proteins, veggies, fruits etc... I'm even experimenting with spices and things, but nothing, absolutely nothing has made me sit back and feel as if I've enjoyed my meal.
This has happened to me too. It's helped to make food as interesting as possible -- a lot of meals I make are traditional Japanese (miso soup and tofu, spinach with sesame seeds, grilled fish, Japanese pickles, brown rice), Indian (I make dal out of lentils), hummus with whole wheat pita bread, tandoori chicken with lots of spices, and so on.
I plan to always have as much flavor as I can, and to eat some things that are unusual tasting. There's no way I can face another plain chicken breast. But sauted with a tsp. of olive oil, crushed garlic and gingerroot, it is satisfying to my psyche.
Another thing that doesn't help is that _I_ have to plan all my meals because I'm aiming to eat as healthfully as possible. But now that my husband sees how serious my resolve to eat well is, and that the kinds of food I'm trying to make are fun, he is doing a good job of cooking similar types of dinners a few times a week. Then, my taste buds don't know what to expect, I get that bit of surprise, and the food is more satisfying.
Actually, I get the most satisfaction not out of food but out of beverages. I keep a lot of things around - coffee, black tea, green tea, chai tea, herbal teas, water with lemons and limes, and at the Asian market I get cold oolong tea and so on. It is nice to just sit still and live in the moment with a drink and get centered, look outside, enjoy the cat on my lap, that kind of thing.
Also, I often get a feeling of satisfaction after a nice workout (one where I don't overdo it, but give it a good run), more so than with food.
I also bought a vegetarian cookbook, not because I'm a vegetarian, but because of the really wonderful variety. It's called the "Passionate Vegetarian" by (get this) Crescent Dragonwell.
Lastly, sometimes food IS just food. For lunch at work, I have "the usual," which always includes steamed veggies, a piece of fruit, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup of something whole grain, and something lean protein. It is nice food, but it does get a little boring. I just tell myself that I eat better than a lot of people (way too many!) people in the world. And I do feel good each day that I eat healthfully, both from the health component, and from being happy that I am sticking to my goals.
I don't know if any of this helps, but I do sympathize with what you said you are describing.
It has happened a little. Mostly its because whenever I eat something I have to calculate all the calories, and write it down, and if it has too many calories I feel guilty about it, and a lot of times I have to leave off things I really like. I do find that at dinner time its better, because I have fun making everything as delicious as possible, and I do my best to find fun stuff at the grocery store. Like tonight I had a sloppy joe, but with Smart Ground (vegetarian ground beef substitute) instead of ground beef. It was actually pretty yummy, and I haven't had a sloppy joe since I was a little kid. Try making something nostalgic, that has fun memories attatched to it, that always helps with me.
I hear ya.
I had set up a cheat date a week or 2 ago when I was going away for a weekend and on the drive we stopped at a fast food joint and the food LOOKED good on the menu. I was excited about the mere CONCEPT of eating it and then once i started to ingest it, I could only think about the fact that the burger i ordered from them had 1250 calories BY ITSLEF. A mere flonkin' burger. You'd think with that many calories I'd just eat and enjoy but it just wasn't the case. I just thought about how much it was just "eh." I know I would've loved it before but now I'm just over it. It takes something SPECTACULAR for me to enjoy it with the same reckless abandon I once had.
I'm sorta okay with it.
I don't want to dream of food like I used to. I'd plan ridiculous outings for the caloric version of an Atomic bomb. And I would just ignore the fact that what ever I was eating might, just might, be pushing 5000 calories. If I had that infront of me now I'd feel ill to my stomach. I'm happy for it.
For myself - I actually enjoy food a lot more than I used to. Once I got over the "poor me" phase that is, My family has always had a tight food budget. We made a lot of poor choices thinking that was 'all we can afford'. It got dull, mindless and fattening!
With a drive to better health I am learning to cook new things and finding that we are eating better than ever and it does not cost more.
That happened to me before but the feeling went away after a short time. I think you'll get your groove back eventually. You'll find that dish that will make you feel good about food again. You will have to go through a lot of food dishes before you'll be able to find one.
Yes, I am incredibly bored with food. I am in a total rut and eat the same quick/easy/low-cal stuff every day.
Yesterday I had a bowl of chips and salsa, which I haven't allowed myself in ages, and it was actually really good.
I've been trying to make food more interesting, but I don't have a lot of time, so I continue along in my rut. I just wanted to let you know that you're not the only one.
Do you usually enjoy cooking? I realized that I was eating the same exact things day in and day out but loved looking through cooking magazines and tearing out recipes. So I decided that instead of collecting them, I'm going to have one special meal a month to try three new dishes without worrying about the calories, fat, etc.
It's been fun spending the month planning my menu.
I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone. I do enjoy making things like neat salads etc... but just find that no matter what I toss together for dinner its totally unapetizing.
I too find that I get a much higher "feel good" feeling after working out, and find myself wanting to continue my workouts longer and longer to maintain it. Maybe I've just switched my focus. lol
It sounds like you are bored with your food. Eating healthy food should not be a chore... it should be just as pleasurable and enjoyable experience to put healthy food into your body as it used to be to eat junk. Try spicing things up to make them more interesting. You don't have to live on plain grilled chicken and lettuce, that would bore the heck out of anyone!
Ask yourself this - if you could eat a meal without considering calories at all, what would it be? Then ask yourself how you can make that food in a more healthy way, or else something that gives you the same enjoyable flavour without the calories.
I guess I'm pretty lucky, because I have gotten to the point where I really enjoy food without any condiments whatsoever.
What got me to this point is a couple of diets from the past. I have given up sodas of all types and stick mainly to tea and the only sweetener then with Stevia. Filtered water has become flavorful and refreshing. I spent 30 years being dehydrated from both sodas and diet sodas, which only made me crave more. I'm glad I got off that cycle.... but all those years wasted.
I have found that I can actually taste the natural flavors of my food better since I have removed processed sugar and all processed food from my diet. It time your taste buds will come around and appreciate these flavors which have been masked or removed in your food.
I can understand how you may feel that chicken is boring, i'm not a big fan of it myself, but I had some tonight that was roasted, which made it tender and flavorful. I broil fish in the oven with nothing but a touch of olive oil and the flavor is outstanding.
Fruit can be a savior because there are so many flavors in them that can be added to any diet. I mix my diet with Papaya, Kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, etc. The produce section can have some adventure to it.
I actually enjoy eating a salad without any dressing! I will add natural flavors to the salad with the addition of red bell peppers, some walnuts, raisins, etc. Anything to give it some texture, color and flavor. I checked the calories on a bottle of dressing while at a neighbors house and found out that it had 240 calories in 2 tablespoons! I was thankful to not need it.
Oh, I eat steel-cut oatmeal every morning (with some walnuts, stevia and maybe a banana mixed in). The flavor and texture of this is so much better than that rolled bland soggy oatmeal. It's nice to have some crunch in a breakfast!
One last thing which might help. I try to stay away from the microwave. It seems to kill flavor and nutrients.
I hope some of this might help!
Yes. I feel exactly like that. I can't even enjoy the things I used to like - like chocolate - because I know exactly how many calories there is in it. No matter what I eat it doesn't seem to be worth the amount of calories in it.
Sorry. That is not helpful. But I hear you, and I know the feeling. You're so not alone in this.