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    Food is just food to me. While my appetite for food isn't big.... I am conscientious about it.

    For a person who has a harder time gaining weight than losing weight, I tend to eat as much as I can per day. I generally don't each huge portion sizes (nor do I eat until I'm bloated.)

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    During my teens: Obsessive, controlling and life-consuming, a prime example of what can happen once one falls off the "healthy" end of the spectrum and into a disorder.

    Now: Food is half fuel, half pleasure - with automaticity in calculating the needed components (fat, protein, carbohydrates, nutrients) into a meal without having to think, and the result still being damn tasty. When cravings do occur they are for steamed vegetables or a bite of extremely dark chocolate. It is at the point where listening to the body's subtle and obvious signals results in good feelings and eating only till one is satiated feels perfect.

    Tradeoffs: Hypersensitivity to excesses of most kinds, like sugary food or high levels of caffeine.

    This situation is so much lovelier and well adjusted than a few years ago it is almost difficult to believe.

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    ^Good to hear. Really good to hear. I'm a total foodie and always have been which lead to very strict eating habits when I was growing up. Food wasn't enjoyable because of my rigid attitude. I'm balanced now, it took a long time to get there.

    I've been reading a lot about food sensitivities lately. I have a little theory that food intolerances may be associated with weight gain or an inability to lose weight easily for some people. In googling, it seems there is some support for the idea.

    I started to think about the connection between food intolerance and weight gain after experimenting with my diet and realizing that dairy foods don't agree with me. Weight has dropped off me without me even trying. It went from all of the places I would want it to and none of the places I want to keep it as well. Such a strange experience. I wasn't overweight but I've never been the kind of person who could drop weight without a concerted effort.

    I like the idea of food as medicine too.

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    Margaret Mead said that changing our diet is more difficult than changing our religion.

    Well, I have changed my religion and now I am changing my diet, and Margaret was right, it is harder.

    My latest foray is the idea that sugar is the trigger for appetite, and made all the more a trigger by adding fat and salt.

    So I still start my day with a weak coffee without sugar and a warm, wholemeal roll, mainly because it is a ritual for me to break my fast every morning alfresco at the Bakery.

    But then I get serious with a fruit salad with natural yogurt, washed down with fresh vegetable juice, as I read the newspaper.

    In the evening I have steamed vegetables or vegetables sautéd in coconut oil with an egg, together with fresh nuts or seeds.

    And once or twice a week I have fish, chicken or a scotch fillet steak.

    But world wide, very few of us change our religion or our diet. They seem to be out of our control. It's as though our beliefs have a mind of their own along with our appetite.

    So God bless you and bon appétit.
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    Is there anyone like me that would much rather eat a giant Asiago cheese bagel, toasted with a bodacious amount of cream cheese on it, than any type of dessert out there?

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    I prefer savory over sweet by far. In fact, if I eat anything sweet I have to eat something savory not long after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Margaret Mead said that changing our diet is more difficult than changing our religion.

    Well, I have changed my religion and now I am changing my diet, and Margaret was right, it is harder.

    My latest foray is the idea that sugar is the trigger for appetite, and made all the more a trigger by adding fat and salt.

    So I still start my day with a weak coffee without sugar and a warm, wholemeal roll, mainly because it is a ritual for me to break my fast every morning alfresco at the Bakery.

    But then I get serious with a fruit salad with natural yogurt, washed down with fresh vegetable juice, as I read the newspaper.

    In the evening I have steamed vegetables or vegetables sautéd in coconut oil with an egg, together with fresh nuts or seeds.

    And once or twice a week I have fish, chicken or a scotch fillet steak.

    But world wide, very few of us change our religion or our diet. They seem to be out of our control. It's as though our beliefs have a mind of their own along with our appetite.

    So God bless you and bon appétit.
    Absolutely agree that changing one's diet is that difficult. I think food can be akin to an addiction for some and just the rung below for most. I read that if you can consistently stick to a change for three weeks then the change has a really good chance of taking because one's tastes adjust. Don't know how true that is but I tell myself that when I'm trying to drop something.

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    I enjoy food, it's one of the daily experiences I really enjoy. I do not like it when I have a meal that doesn't have one item I think tastes good. Taste is the paramount thing to me when it comes to eating. Consequently, I don't eat as healthy as I should. Fat and carbs are delicious. I've been able to cut down on carbs, and I mostly eat chicken as my primary animal protein, so I've been able to cut down on fat too. I'd ideally like to try everything once. If I'm ever in a country where they eat dog, I will try it.

    I hate green vegetables. They taste like mild soap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violaine View Post
    What's your relationship to food?
    I'm badly addicted to food. I have got to the point now where I only rarely put that fork to my head and pull the trigger... but it still happens from time to time.

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    I don't really think about it that much. I really, really enjoy well prepared food and good food, like if the chef/whomever knows what they're doing. I love trying new things. It's as much as creative art as anything else, really. However, I don't eat a lot, I don't self-medicate with food [I self medicate with escapism], and I have healthy enough habits where I'm not overweight or anything like that.

    My dad and my sister are addicted to food in terms of comfort, which I can't understand.



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