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For the love of (good for you) food


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I've never posted before (I tend to be a lurker) but I wanted to share a thought with this community, and see what you all thought.

I've been reading a lot of posts and blogs where the topic is primarily breaking the emotional connection with food: don't think of food as happiness, or as a reward. I have been thinking a lot about this, and fell we need to rethink our approach to food. Food is not evil. I've read posts where the poster encourages themselves to think of food only as sustenance - this can't be right. Food is good. Thinking of food as only a means of survival is like saying sex is only for procreation. Good, healthy, portion controlled food should taste good. The sense of taste is a gift we should embrace; we just shouldn't over-do it. Enjoy delicious seasonal fruit, the texture of well-cooked salmon, the creaminess of fat-free Greek yogurt, etc.

Everything in moderation, but life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. That's all.

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I totally agree with you and I LOVE food. I put a lot of restrictions on my diet but the foods that I'm left with are so delicious! I'm lucky in that I love seafood, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, fruit, etc. Good quality, delicious foods that give me energy to workout and lose even more weight. Good food doesn't have to be tasteless and the more you cook for yourself the better.

Oh, I totally agree.  Food is fabulous!  It's just how you relate to food that can be the problem.  Or the amount of the fabulous food you eat.  Wink I hear what you're saying, tho, it isn't just sustenance, it's definitely more than that.  It's enjoyable, and it's a good reward for the hard work that you do. 

I do not put restrictions on what food I can eat. No food is bad. No food is always elevated to an untouchable status except as reward, or cheat, or binge. By mindfully expanding my food choices (adding all sorts of new fruits veges grains beans recipes etc) rather than restricting, I lost 22 pounds really very easily. I am always on the lookout for great new foods and recipes and they don't always have an emphasis on low calorie.

If you eat well and eat what you love you will not have to worry about changing how you eat for maintenance. You'll just change the portions a little bit.

Food is a feast for all your senses as well as nourishment for your soul and body. It provides only one of the elements of shared experience for a gathering of family and friends at a time like Thanksgiving. Equally important is the People - the communicating, the remembering, the planning, the laughing, the helping, and sharing.

Old news, there's already been written a whole book on this called "In defense of food", that many of us have read. Check it out.

Yes, that is correct, many of us have read it. Some of us have also found that is the way to easily move towards a healthy weight.

Original Post by jannid:

I do not put restrictions on what food I can eat. No food is bad. No food is always elevated to an untouchable status except as reward, or cheat, or binge. By mindfully expanding my food choices (adding all sorts of new fruits veges grains beans recipes etc) rather than restricting, I lost 22 pounds really very easily. I am always on the lookout for great new foods and recipes and they don't always have an emphasis on low calorie.

If you eat well and eat what you love you will not have to worry about changing how you eat for maintenance. You'll just change the portions a little bit.

Food is a feast for all your senses as well as nourishment for your soul and body. It provides only one of the elements of shared experience for a gathering of family and friends at a time like Thanksgiving. Equally important is the People - the communicating, the remembering, the planning, the laughing, the helping, and sharing.

"No food is bad."

Heh, you haven't been paying attention. Check out a couple of documentaries that have come out lately called "King Corn" and "Food Inc.". The state of food is pretty sad right now. Especially if you're poor.

Original Post by doctorgrim:

Original Post by jannid:

I do not put restrictions on what food I can eat. No food is bad. No food is always elevated to an untouchable status except as reward, or cheat, or binge. By mindfully expanding my food choices (adding all sorts of new fruits veges grains beans recipes etc) rather than restricting, I lost 22 pounds really very easily. I am always on the lookout for great new foods and recipes and they don't always have an emphasis on low calorie.

If you eat well and eat what you love you will not have to worry about changing how you eat for maintenance. You'll just change the portions a little bit.

Food is a feast for all your senses as well as nourishment for your soul and body. It provides only one of the elements of shared experience for a gathering of family and friends at a time like Thanksgiving. Equally important is the People - the communicating, the remembering, the planning, the laughing, the helping, and sharing.

"No food is bad."

Heh, you haven't been paying attention. Check out a couple of documentaries that have come out lately called "King Corn" and "Food Inc.". The state of food is pretty sad right now. Especially if you're poor.

No food is bad. The question is what constitutes food. If the ingredients are artificial or filled with chemically rendered products, it's not food.

I absolutely agree with the OP, real food is wonderful, and I find I am just as satisfied with moderate portions as I ever was with the bigger portions I had become accustomed to over the years.  When some puritanical posters suggest that we should "Eat to live, not live to eat" I respond mentally "Eat (well) to live (well) and live (well) to eat (well).  Works much better for me if I eat and live well in every sense of the words.

@jannid - You are being naive and missing the point entirely. I'm not only talking of the crap you'll find at Mc Donalds but the bastardized versions of the stuff you'll find in the produce section as well. Would you not call a tomato food? Do you know that unnatural chemicals are used to bring them to your grocery store? Open your eyes please. This information is everywhere. Google "Monsanto" sometime and find out how "good" you think your food is. Try Googling "ethylene" and see what you find. Educate yourself.

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