Truth is I just like........

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 16:23
I've been off and on diets for most of my life. I've read every book on why I eat. I have no excuse, the plain truth of the matter is I love to eat and I love the taste of food. How do you try to not like food?

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 16:31
I absolutely love food, and I love to cook and bake, too! Loving food is natural and healthy, so don't try to make yourself not like food.

What I find helpful is focus on quality, not quantity. Get the freshest, most seasonal vegetable and cook it lightly instead of covering it with tons of gooey junk. Get the most expensive, best tasting chocolate you can afford but eat only a small piece and savor the taste. Biting into a perfectly ripe peach can be quite a sensual experience (and not at all fattening).

Ooops, sorry, just noticed that you are on Atkins Induction. Scratch that chocolate and peach, but the same applies to veggies, meat, eggs and dairy. The free-range eggs I get from a local farm taste cleaner, have a "brighter" flavor, and in general fresher than factory eggs. Instead of mass produced Kraft, why not try a different kind of artisan or imported cheese?

Regardless of what diet you are on, bring out your nice china and silverware and make a meal an experience rather than just stuffing your face. You will most likely eat less and feel more satisfied.


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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 16:53
I love food too. I try to spend a lot more time planning it, and creating delicious quality meals, than I do actually eating it! Eating the food is only part of the fun Smile

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 17:00
OMG I love food too! I love it so much more than I did when I was eating all the crap I used to eat.

I always compare it to love vs lust. Lust is when you just want everything, right now, as much as you can get. Love is when you get to know the true nature of the thing, to really understand it and appreciate it for all that it is.

I thought I loved food when I was shovelling my face full of Doritos and soda. But that was just lust.

Now I prepare almost all of my food from scratch, I eat reasonable moderate portions of everything, I think about where it came from and how it will make me feel. I use all of my senses to enjoy it- smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. And THIS is love Smile

You don't have to stop loving food to lose weight. Food is a huge part of life. If we deny that fact, we're destined to failure.
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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 18:04
Another food lover here! I like k8yk's love/lust analogy. And I second that it's definitely about quality, not quantity.

In the past I have eaten foods that I like until I feel sick to my stomach from it. Why? The second serving of mashed potatoes tasted good, yes, but not good enough to warrant the nausea of eating too much. I get a lot more enjoyment from eating food in amounts that sustain instead of sicken me.

Also, it helps that I love to exercise. I want to grill some ribs? No problem after an afternoon of rollerblading. I'd like an extra glass of wine with dinner? I've earned it with an extra ten minutes on the stairclimber. For me it's not about giving up anything I love, it's about matching the amount I eat to the amount my body needs. I still don't get it right all the time, but I get it right a lot more now that I'm paying attention to what my body's telling me.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 19:00
I love high-quality, flavorful, exquisitely-crafted food. Since I've stopped eating packaged and prepared junk, I've discovered that I no longer like it.

As others have said, it's all about quality rather than quantity. A cookie is delicious. Two cookies aren't twice as delicious as one.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 19:31
Thanks for the response from everyone. I enjoyed reading them all. It feels good not to be alone. I thought if I would write about how much I love food it would help. It certainly did.

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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 19:39
I love food too. I am learning that I can cook with vegetables and seafood that I have never thought of before. I was really stuck on the same old foods. Now I am finding new ways to cook things I like including meat, veggies, eggs and seafood. There is a whole world of opportunity.

I also think for me, if I can focus on trying something new, I won't focus on what I'm missing or can't have. I am finding that I want those items less and less.


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Posted: 15 Feb 2011, 20:54
At one point in my life (dieting) I was getting 'too skinny' for my co-workers and they had 'serious concerns' (read they were jelaous) that I fliped to the extreeme and became worries, I said. I LOVE MY FOOD that much that I would feel I wasted it if I sent it back out THAT WAY! I am keeping it for sure and only way I would get rid of it was if it went out south...not north! Wink

Second k8yk, AnnaPo and Hoser...all of that applies to me as well. I too found that I don't really like "that" food so much anymore. As matter of fact..since I started eating healthier (I'll still have peace of bad food here and there) - I found looking at people's shopping carts and if I saw something 'un-healthy' there (according to my new standars) I looked at them like they had two heads! Which is really weird...I mean...none of my business what they choose to eat but you just get 'infected' with healthy that you feel like screaming to everyone...hey...what are you doing? This junk will send you to the grave!!

Thank god....I fixed my 'cart starring issue'...before someone noticed me doing it and telling me where to go! LOL

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Posted: 16 Feb 2011, 02:50
I was at the check-out a while back and my cart was filled with all healthy stuff, no junk at all. The woman in line behind me made a comment about how great it was to see all that good stuff and that I was feeding my little one (he was in the cart) so well. Then she said "But now and then we all need a little treat too." and with a wink she handed me a bag of cookies. It was realy quite sweet. I will never forget that. Smile

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Posted: 16 Feb 2011, 08:16
Then she said "But now and then we all need a little treat too." and with a wink she handed me a bag of cookies. It was really quite sweet.

You are much nicer than I am. I would take offense at that. I did not even like stranger giving my dogs (when I had dogs) treats.

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Posted: 16 Feb 2011, 09:41
It was more for my son, and she was an older lady that was too dang cute to be upset at. Smile

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Posted: 16 Feb 2011, 10:00
Who doesn't like food? I don't think we would be on this site if we didn't like food. The site is not really conducive for gaining weight, even good weight. The trick is to begin liking the RIGHT food. Everyone above gave great advice. So I will refrain. It’s a double edged sword. I was never one for sweets or deserts. My issue was to much “quick” food (read: prepared and pre-processed). It is possible to stay alive on quick food, of course, but your body will use, say, 25% for nutrients, and either store the rest as fat or waste it. So when I was eating the pre-processed food, I was hindering my body from working efficiently. Now that I choose not to eat it, the quick food is taking up room in my fridge/freezer. It’s not necessarily preventing me from preserving the more efficient fuel, but goes to show you in how many ways processed foods can hinder you. I’ve said before that it will probably be there until next football season for tailgating.
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