Do You Love to Eat?

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I love to eat. Sometimes eating makes me feel quite happy. And then sometimes I feel regret allowing an indulgence to make me feel happy. Am I a food addict? Am I a failure for not having more willpower?

I used to say I had an unhealthy relationship with food. For most of my life, I was a stress eater. And a social eater. I’ve eaten out of boredom and used food to try to fill some sort of emptiness that wasn’t quite boredom or hunger. I’ve celebrated with food, I’ve rewarded myself with food, I’ve distracted myself with food, I think I’ve even punished myself for overeating—with food.

It took a lot of work on my end to find out how to deal with unpleasant emotions rather than feed them cookies. I no longer eat for all the wrong reasons, but I still struggle a bit with my love for all food—healthy and unhealthy—and my desire for variety, and my desire for the joy and ease of being undisciplined about food choices. Sometimes I purchase awful and delicious packaged food because it’s affordable, and everyone in my house likes it, and it’s easy, and I’m tired.

And I feel sort of guilty about taking those shortcuts that are not so healthy. Where is my discipline? Where is my health consciousness?

An article in the March/April 2016 issue of “edible Northeast Florida” gave me some real food for thought. Called “Farewell to Food Guilt,” it covered so beautifully the topic of how we feel about food, that I asked for permission to share it in my blog. So here it is, used with permission. Enjoy. And let me know how it makes you feel! Farewell to Food Guilt

Category : Blog &Health Posted on July 13, 2016

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