How to Become a Conscious Eater

Food-Ology

For many of the people I’ve mentored, coached and educated over the last two decades (yep, I’m that old), their biggest day-to-day challenge is managing their food intake in a healthy, intelligent and responsible manner. On a practical, emotional and psychological level, it’s also been one of my biggest challenges over the years. If you happen to ‘live’ somewhere on the scale between disordered eating and eating disorder, then today’s post is for you. It might be time to pay attention.

While I don’t have an eating disorder (as such), it’s fair to say that my eating has been disordered from time to time over my journey. Especially when I was a fat teenager. Who became an obsessive skinny teenager. Who became an obsessive bodybuilder in his late teens and early twenties.

Knowing Isn’t Doing

Sure, I might seem mild-mannered, measured and disciplined from the outside but not too far below the surface lives an eating machine that’s capable of caloric suicide and dietary behaviours which belie my alleged intelligence and knowledge. I keep that guy in check most of the time, but we all understand that knowing isn’t doing, so even somebody like me still has to work at being a conscious eater. Being an exercise scientist and coach doesn’t mean that I don’t have the ability to make stupid, irrational or irresponsible decisions. Or to eat my own bodyweight in cheesecake.

Nutritional Dysfunction

Many people eat unconsciously. They eat on autopilot. They eat what they don’t need. Every day. And then they (strangely) wonder why they’re fat. And unhealthy. They eat processed crap. They eat socially. They eat because it’s expected. Because it’s there. Because it’s free (wouldn’t want to waste anything). They eat emotionally. Reactively. They reward themselves with food. And their children too. Sometimes they bribe (motivate, manipulate, control) their kids with food. “If you do… (insert task)… I’ll take you to McDonalds for dinner”. Awesome parenting! They fantasise about food. Lie about it. They eat to ease the pain. To give themselves instant physical pleasure. To numb out. To escape. To fit in. To forget.

And then when they’re finished, they hate themselves all over again. Until the next episode. And the cycle continues.

What is Conscious Eating?

“Conscious eating is giving our body the nutrition it needs for optimal health, function and energy. Nothing more or less.”

Simple huh? In theory anyway. If only we lived in the theory – we’d all be freakin’ amazing. So, what’s the most conscious and responsible question you and I can ask in relation to our eating habits?

“Why am I eating this?”

If our answer is not “because I need it” then we’re eating unconsciously. Irresponsibly. Emotionally. When we eat consciously, our body, mind and emotions are all working in harmony.

Drug of Choice

For many people, food has become their drug of choice. Their medication. Their refuge. And don’t think I’m being melodramatic when I use the term drug. Food is indeed mood altering. It can produce high highs and low lows. It can be addictive and destructive. Over time, we might need more of it to produce the same ‘high’ or feeling. It affects our nervous system. And our endocrine system. It (like other drugs) produces biochemical changes. Emotional changes. Psychological changes. It can be both life-enhancing and life-destroying. Sometimes, the distance between ‘use’ and ‘abuse’ is not far at all.

The Psychology of Overeating

Many of us were raised in a situation (environment, mindset, group-think) where eating food that we didn’t physically need (that is, consuming excess calories, salt, sugar, fat) was rationalised, explained, justified and even expected. The fact that we weren’t hungry or actually requiring food was irrelevant. We often ate because that’s what the situation, circumstance or moment dictated. And when we didn’t eat (the food we didn’t need) we were criticised. “Don’t you dare leave anything on your plate.”

No wonder we have issues.

We were trained to celebrate with excessive eating. That is, disordered eating. We were taught to overeat on certain occasions. It was the rule. Still is. Christmas, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, engagements, New Year and Easter were (are) all legitimate times to abuse our bodies with food. Apparently. We were encouraged to over-ride the ‘full’ signal. To ignore what our body was telling us. To unbutton our pants and keep eating.

Such an intelligent species.

Justifiable Gluttony

I’m still amazed at how many people become defensive, emotional and even angry (in my presentations), when I suggest that none of us need to overeat on Christmas day (for example). Amazingly, it’s actually possible to have a great day (maybe even a better day) without having to gorge ourselves on food that our body doesn’t need.  Apparently, some people can’t celebrate that way. The date (on the calendar) determines the behaviour. The notion of avoiding excess calories seems almost irrational to them. This is simply another easy-to-understand example of the dysfunctional attitudes, beliefs and expectations that so many of us have around food.

Conscious eating is about reconnecting with our body. It’s about stopping the abuse. The lies. The excuses. It’s about slowing down. It’s about paying attention. It’s about honouring and respecting the gift that is our body.

I’m not really an affirmation kinda guy (no shit Sherlock) but when it comes to this issue, I’ll make an exception.

Here’s something you might want to copy and put on your fridge (pantry, forehead) for a month or ten.

  • I will not eat food I don’t need.
  • I will not reward myself with food.
  • I will not medicate with food.
  • I will not allow situations, circumstances or other people to influence or dictate the way I eat.
  • I will not rationalise poor eating.
  • I will not be a food martyr; I will simply do what I need to.
  • I will not lie to myself or others about my eating behaviours.
  • I will not eat in secret.
  • I will not repeat the mistakes of my past.
  • I will not allow my mind or emotions to sabotage my physical potential.

I will eat consciously. :)

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Jenny September 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

For the most part of the week, food is something to fuel what my body needs to be healthy, (sometimes I enjoy it, and sometimes it is just monotonous) but at least once a week I do reward myself with the foods that really really enjoy with an intense passion! And I really don’t care whether it is healthy or unhealthy – sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t!. Food to me is like any other form of entertainment – but it absolutely has to be balanced out with the good stuff and the adage that less is often more than enough.

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KR17 September 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

I so needed to read that. Thankyou Craig. Kaz x

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Nell September 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thanks Craig – perfect timing, as always! I’m consuming ridiculous amount of crap lately after I “allowed” myself a little break from my routine whilst on holidays … big mistake! I’ve been back from holidays about three weeks and in that time I have eaten ridiculous amounts of junk food and although the scales aren’t showing it (yet) I’m feeling heavy and crap! I decided last night (after a marathon snacking session) that it was time to take back control of my eating …. a few hours into day one and I’m feeling good … the test will come in about an hour when we go out for Father’s Day brunch … I might print off the list of affirmations and take them with me as I order! ;)

Have a great day, and thanks again for your timely post! xxxx

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Lorwai TAN PhD September 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

You hit the nail on the head here.

Fundamentally the emotional eaters get a great deal of comfort (subconsciously) from the sensation of food being masticated (chewed) and swallowed as it makes it way down their esophagus (gullet).

Q: Think back to the only time in your life when you felt warm, safe and secure and loved. No judgement.
A: As an infant being held in someone’s arm when you were being fed.

Bingo!

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Andrew September 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

Thanks Craig – I can stay on the rails for a while, but really struggle to control the emotional eating. Combine it with a partner who also shares similar traits, and it can add up to a few extra kg’s around my waist then I need. The cycle continues….

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Kim September 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I’m hearing ya Craig. I went from being a normal kid (say till about the age of 13) to competing with my more beautiful, thin cousin whom I put up on a pedestal because I felt somehow ‘less than’ and wanted to be more like her. I went through periods of bingeing and purging, almost becoming anorexic at 46 kilos, counting and recording every calorie that passed through my lips all in the name of looking a certain way. I had learnt that I wasn’t good enough being a normal weight and the media promoted it too. And I was actually never overweight at all.

Phase II was that my weight skyrocketed the other way as I couldn’t keep up this ridiculous regime for all those years and I got to 74 kilos. All that deprivation led to eating huge amounts of food that I had not allowed myself to have. I have never felt so bad in my entire life as when I was really overweight. If affected the way I carried myself physically and mentally.

This went on for a couple of years and then I decided to do something about it and got back to a normal weight and gave up the silly starving and overeating extremes. Extremes of anything are not good!

However I still struggle with the hangover of those days either end of the spectrum. I find that I do comfort eat at times, and do reach for whatever is easy and not necessarily a good choice when I don’t plan. And I am still very critical of the way I look (naked moreso, not so much with clothes on) which can trigger the old anorexic type of thinking of over control. Luckily I don’t go overboard too much either way for too long.

With the celebration type occasions, the way I see it, is I mostly forgo favorite foods of the fatty kind or the kind where I can’t stop at one in my normal everyday food routine. (Mainly to keep things in check and stay healthy as I never want to feel the way I did when I was fat).

However at family do’s I do eat more. Not because of gorging per se but to enjoy home made cooking from my Aunties etc.as I really miss it from my mum. Or if it’s something I don’t often have at home ie antipasto platter food, I will allow myself to sample bits and pieces of everything. I may eat more than normal but it doesn’t bother me. This is a step forward for me as it used to produce enormous amounts of guilt if I allowed myself to eat the ‘wrong foods’.

I would rather have a little of everything I like (food of all kinds is to be enjoyed in moderation) at those celebratory times instead of having them as a temptation in my cupboard that I know I would definitely overeat more often, were they in easy reach and supply. Know thy enemy!!

My biggest downfall now is being unorganised when I am stressed. So that is what I am working on for now. Oh and of course keeping up the exercise routine which also falls under the same category, I seem to lose clarity when I have a lot going on.

Overall, the bottom line I guess is that it’s all about taking good care of yourself and knowing that our health is a blessing. If we want to live a longer and hopefully healthier life then we have to understand the link between food and exercise and remind ourselves that we are worth it. Being obsessed though is not worth it.

It amazes me how much food became more of a head game/self esteem issue for me (and I suppose for many others too), than about being healthy. Kids are not getting taught the right message. I wish that instead of being taught and/or learning that the perfect weight, right shape, ie your outer beauty was the most important thing in being accepted, that instead we are taught how to be valued for our minds, personality, and looks. We are a whole and the sum or our parts. Let’s celebrate the whole of us.

Boys and men listen up and girls and women you too (because we can be just as bad). Value your children and/or young people you come into contact with for the person that they are and let them know that they are accepted just as they are. Men if you could be less critical in terms of objectifying women and women less catty and competitive about body size and shape that would be a good start. Nothing wrong with wanting to improve. And if you are ‘fat’ yep that politically incorrect term, then it should be a matter of health and up to the person to improve it if they want to. I don’t think it should be about ‘acceptance’ in society that somehow fat people are less worthwhile as a human being. I have a pet hate for those that discriminate (fat, thin or any other condition, race, sex, color).

Phew Craig, I used to be a lurker and a scaredy cat but now you have unleashed the beast!!

Here’s to the whole of you, love and hugs xx

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jsp September 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Gee lucky there were ten points – A bit like –

The 10 Commandments – Amen!

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Mon September 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

“To eat is a neccessity, to eat intelligently is an art’.

I’ve tweeted that one often and it’s true. Food education (what’s in the stuff, calories, fat content, any nutrients?) is one of the keys ( I believe) to becoming an intelligent eater. Only one, I know, but an important one. It helps us out a lot to understand that all foods are not created equal.

It also helps us if we understand the close connection between the food we eat, our energy levels and our moods. Ever said you felt cranky and tired for no particular reason? The wrong foods can do that..

I could go on, but I might fill up the page!!!

Lastly, glad to hear you mention taking or not taking the kids to Macca’s as a ‘reward’, Craig. I could not believe it when those ads came on the tele for McD’s dinner boxes !! Dinner?????? Argggh!!

Cook them some scrambled eggs if you don’t have time for anything else!! Sorry, I’m rambling – but I’m passionate about this subject!!!

Better go……great post, Craig.

hugs,
Mon

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Mon September 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hi there,
Me again. Can I share – I wrote a blog post about this subject the other day. It was called Avoiding The Weight Loss Blowout: How To Control Your Diet Choices and Stay Sane!
Posted on August 26, 2010 at http://www.changesational.com

Hope that’s okay to share. Thank you, Craig.

hugs,
Mon ( )

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Em September 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hey Craigo,
How bizarre that you blogged about this today!! Good timing for me also.
I’m a crap-o-holic. I love it all.
But, over the past winter, I have had no less than 6 colds (plus one gastro bug and a really bad case of ulcers in my throat). I felt yuk, I felt old, I had no energy for training, I didn’t sleep well, I felt sick (all the time).
Hmm, sounds like I’ve flogged my immune system to within an inch of its life! I’m thinking it has something to do with my diet (um, der).
Forgive me, I’m a bit slow.
Last week I cleaned my eating right up. Massively. It was a huge change for me. Lots of water, clean vegies, healthy fats, easier on the carbs, no refined sugar, less caffeine …. etc etc.
I can’t believe how good I feel just in that short time. I can’t imagine how I’ll feel in a month’s time. What the hell was I doing to my body?
Good Lord!
From now on “dis is how I roll”. I refuse to abuse my body anymore.
Wish me luck!!!!
Em
( ) x

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Anonymous September 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

god i get so tired trying to do everything “right” :-(
but, i’ll get up in the morning and do it again

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Laura September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Great post, Craig, thank you:) So much to relate to that I really can’t from a short response. The only thing I will say is that I have become a conscious eater and hope to keep it that way :)

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Catherine September 6, 2010 at 4:16 am

My computer was playing up when I tried to post before so I’m sorry if this duplicates.

The recommendations you make are good, but I think they’re skewed a little towards over- rather than under-eaters.

Like many (most?) people, my own relationship with food is uneasy, and I have to work at it (have been both over- and under-weight).

A helpful site is http://www.bodyimagehealth.org/.

There is also some interesting stuff about fatness at http://kateharding.net/faq/but-dont-you-realize-fat-is-unhealthy/.

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Otto J Hunt September 6, 2010 at 5:50 am

This site provides all of the (dietary moderation) motivation I need: http://crsociety.org/.

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Lena September 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

hmmm, “I will not” very strong words for me, could I go with “I will try not”
:-)

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Michael September 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

Medicating with food is real I used to do it. So good points

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Fiona September 6, 2010 at 9:45 am

Great post. Finally realising after the 367th (approx) attempt at ‘dieting’ that ‘diets’ were not working for me, I decided to start listening to my body instead of an arbirtrary calorie or point limit. To my pleasant surprise I am actually losing weight effortlessly! I have never been a fan of eating to the point of discomfort anyway, but eating when I am hungry instead of when it is ‘time’ to eat has been amazing. The weight loss is slower, but as it is happening so effortlessly I can tell this is a change that will stay with me forever.

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Kate September 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

Very honest… I supose the best i can is today… Love the mantra… very nice!

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R September 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Hi Craig,

Remember me R!!!!

HALLELUJA!! how refreshing it is to read how you feel – I work with an organisation and a PT manager that is sooooooo hell bent on us knowing all the science stuff, and pushes the protein artificial shit and expects me to know what the muscle at the back of the knee does – what the hell? I just love to train people and motivate them and inspire them to make some change in their lives and yet i’m made to feel i’m not worthy of being a pt because i’m not science savvy.

Whoa! I needed that – I feel better now and thank you for sharing that with us because I have been questioning my skills as a pt because i can’t remember some of the science of exercise, i’m not pro protein bars and shakes, I’m more about connecting with my client.

Thank you Thank you Thank you once again as a tear rolls down, I now believe in myself and what I stand for and I am 100% confident of my skills thanks to you and I now know where my future lies – seems I might be moving on.
Regards

R!!!

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Jackie September 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

Oh dear…. yet another one of those blogs, where I am convinced that Craig is a fly on the wall somewhere in my vicinity. This morning I opened up my hubby’s glove box to find a Cherry Ripe. Hmmmm… Do I? or don’t I? I did. As I munched away on the Cherry Ripe, at 9am in the morning, I opened up my emails whilst sitting at the traffic lights forever to be greeted by todays blog!!!! Suddenly the Cherry Ripe was looking pretty ordinary and I could feel that CH stare into the back of my head :) Did I enjoy the Cherry Ripe…. No… even before I opened up the email I wasn’t really fussed with it… but I still kept eating it. Did I feel good afterwards… No. Did I need it…. Absolutely not. We won’t talk about the freshly chopped organic carrots and celery in my basket that I prepared this morning.

Then there is also the issue that I felt like a complete hypocrite. Only yesterday I was talking to my daughter about making sensible food choices and eating what is good for our body. At only 9 yrs old, she suffers from the most painful constipation if she doesn’t keep the fibre and water intake up. And here is her mother scoffing down at Cherry Ripe at 9am in the morning. Monkey see, monkey do. My daughter emulates everything I do. In most cases I think it is just beautiful… right down to her needing to wear her oversized sunglasses when we are in the car together, because that’s what mum does. But then there is the not so good bits…. mum is overweight… she doesn’t make good food choices…. what if she sees Mum making those bad choices and says well if mum can so can I?

Yet again another wake up call blog Craig. I am pretty sure we covered some of that on the MBE too. I think I need to go back and revisit my notes.

Big hug. :)

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Wombat September 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I set myself a simple rule and try to be as disciplined as I can in applying it….

“if it doesn’t add value then it doesn’t go in”

After all I get to choose !! And I try to avoid making exceptions so they don’t become the rule ;) And I am “conscious” of what I eat when when my kids are around…in much the same way that I make an effort to be “active” when they are around and not sitting at the PC, watching TV and so on.

Personally I found the biggest challenge was to be aware of what I was doing and choose an alternative. Create new habits. It was really hard at the start…I used to drink 2 or 3 cans of coke a day….but with some exercise and effort I lost over 20kg in less than 12 months, You can too.

Have a great week all

-W.

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Elizabeth September 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

This has come at just the right time for me!

After losing over 45kg, and being just a few kilos from my goal weight, I’ve been finding I’ll eat really well the majority of the time, but binge at social occassions or on the weekend after a ‘big week’.

My Fiancee and I ate a stupid amount of crap food yesterday, went to bed feeling horrible, and woke up the same. And we are so sick of it, even though we keep on doing it!

I think this might be the kick up the bum we need…

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Suzanne September 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Like most of the others here your post came at a most critical and opportune time for me. Food is everything right now, my obsession. It always has been but the past year or so it’s gotten totally out-of-control.

A few years ago I somehow got it together and lost 60kg. I’ve gained half of it back. How I did it I don’t know and I can’t get “it” back. It seems that my bingeing has gotten worse. I am trying to get something out of that food that I am not getting elsewhere. I know I need to work on that, the head part of it.

Here’s my question. Or my plea, maybe. It’s Monday morning and my resolve is strong. But there are some cookies in the pantry that will start screaming my name in a few hours. I might not give in this morning but this afternoon I might. I am addicted to those cookies and their friends that also call my name, like cheese and potato chips and pizza etc etc etc.

The cookies are here in the house. Not the pizza. The cheese is in the house. Not the potato chips. So in a few hours the cookies will start calling my name as will the cheese. The pizza and potato chips will not because they are far far away in a store somewhere.

So……..the solution is to get rid of the cookies and cheese, right? If I were an alcoholic there would be no alcohol in the house. A smoker trying to quit would have no cigarettes in the house. So a food addict should have no crap in the house.

Is that fair to my husband who is not a food addict? Just because I have no control over myself should he be denied these foods that he can enjoy in moderation? They are unhealthy for him to eat, right? How do I convince him that he doesn’t need to eat cookies in the afternoon with coffee laced with coffee milk and sugar, or a whole pizza every Friday night with beer, and chips later that evening? That it’s not only about me not having those foods in the house because I lose control but that it’s also about neither one of us needing those foods because they are unhealthy?

I have talked to him before about this and while he says he doesn’t understand completely this problem I have (how can one who has no addictions possibly know what it’s like?) I know he knows that it bothers me. I have tried and tried again to get back what it was that came over me those few years ago that inspired me to lose those 60kgs. I make lists and hang them on the fridge only to throw the list away a few weeks later because I have failed and don’t need them staring me in the face reminding me of my failure once again. I tell my husband that I am once again starting over and we are both glad and then it all goes wrong. I ask him to give me reminders of My Latest Plan and help me out but in reality he doesn’t dare because he knows I will get all mad and defensive and he’s right. I do.

So here I am. A Monday morning. There have been many a morning (not necessarily a Monday either) following a binge that I have opened bags of candy and chips, emptied them into another bag, covered them with dish detergent so I am not tempted to dig them out later, and thrown them into the trash container. Only to go to the store later and buy more crap. Oh the money I waste! The abuse I am doing to myself!!!!!

Do I throw out everything? Do I hope that at a later date I can also learn to eat treats in moderation like my husband? Or am I destined, like an alcoholic, to never ever have these treats again because having a taste will send me off the edge…..

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Stormy Bear September 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

HI Craig,

I wanted to say something to those people you said who go to your presentations and get angry about your comments on their insane ‘need’ to overeat and just believe that its perfectly ok to ABUSE your body when you want (like a special occasion). Here’s something for them to think about……

Picture yourself getting called into the specialists office and told you have cancer and that it is now a matter of life and death as to how you treat your body……..and that very much includes what you are FEEDING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a think about whay you are doing to yourselves…..thats all i wanted to say :)

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Secret Eater September 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Craig,
WOW…. this blog was so timely for me too! I lost loads of weight about 18months ago and have put it all back on and to make things worse I eat LOADS in secret, I have begun hiding food in my car and my bedroom! Thank you for your post – the new journey begins NOW… no more eating in secret – eating in secret ends NOW!!
cheers!

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Stephen September 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I thought I had food issues, its not the food ITS ME!!!
Its every thing. its to do with the way I was raised.
as a child being told, “Your not leaving the table until you have eaten all your dinner.”

As a teenager going to peoples places for dinner. “You need to
eat more than that your a growing lad”

As a young man going to pubs with friends for dinner seeing which pubs served up the biggest and best “Parmas”

As a dad with young kids not wanting to see food left over from
what the kids did not want to eat and worrying about it being wasted
eating it for them.

Then there is the Yo Yo Dieting and the “on a fitness campain ” in between.

it is now that I realise. We (that is you and me) over glorify Food
We self destruct on it, we impose our thoughts on others over it.

Food is only a fuel for my body that carries me around. I relate it to
pulling up at a servo and filling my car with petrol.

Woooww thats a lovely drop of fuel going in there. prehaps it would go in better if I had a nice glass of red to go with it whilst I fill the car up.you think the cashier could play some sort of seductive music to help set the mood! WHAT A TOSS

But thats the way I need to look at things in my life to succed

As I am now trying to do, is put the right fuel in the tank and leave

Its a journey in a rusty car but if i treat it right we can go the distance

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Di September 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed this posting.. yes food is my drug of choice by far.. It’s there for me whenever I need it, and I don’t have to go to some dark back alley to score it. It’s readily there in the confectionery aisle. Will keep this 10 dot points where I can see them everyday…

Thanks Craig.. love ur stuff!

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Wendy September 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

And how about adding “I will not give food power over me”. It’s taken a long time for me to realise that by calling myself a chocolate addict I have given a small inanimate object power over me.

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kate September 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm

hi susanne, i truly understand ur despair having been there bv tday i manage this..i have been 48 kilos and 90 kilos…but tday im not a wgt but a nice size ten..but then u and i both know its not abt that its the maddening behaviours and insane obsessive thoughts we want 2 stop…do they? Yes thank god they lessen.. I admire that u could have a relatiönship threw this..i didnt..

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kate September 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

susanna, if u want 2 talk via email, email me at kathtoms@hotmail.com ..and no i dont run a business blah blah just relate and know the pain x

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Rat Fink September 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Drug addicts are told every day that their next fix could kill them — yet that next fix is all they seek. Alcoholics suffer all manner of horrible afflictions related to drinking, and they still drink, despite knowing the risks.

People addicted to food bingeing are no different. You can tell them that what they’re doing is just sharpening the coffin nails, or that they’re putting poison in their bodies — but it won’t change the pull of the addiction. I wish more people would take this condition more seriously. It’s not a matter of, “Gee, this is bad for me so I’m not going to eat it because I’m poisoning my body.” That is so far from reality, it’s laughable. The addict *doesn’t care.* The addiction is the boss.

My opinion (as a food addict, struggling somewhat successfully to keep my head above water) is that until and unless society begins to view food addiction in the same light in which it views drug and alcohol addiction, obesity will continue to kill people in record numbers.

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Rat Fink September 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Correction to my previous post:

I meant to say the ADDICTION doesn’t care. (Many addicts care about their circumstances.)

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Tina Johnston September 7, 2010 at 12:40 am

Hey Craig !!
Thanks for this article…. hopefully you have just done what I’ve been unable to do for a lot of years… made my dear hubby THINK about what he’s doing to himself… particularly necessary since he just had an ablation for AF and has still been stuffing himself full of fats and sugars ! Father’s Day was a gastronomic disaster… I reckon he consumed at least the equivalent of a 300ml bottle of whipped cream… to say nothing of the rest of the junk he ate ! Maybe the message will finally get through !
{{HUG}}
Tina

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Kate September 7, 2010 at 8:53 am

Rat Rink…totally agree and to be honest I think society does view it like an addiction the only problem is over 60% of adults are obese… so its the majority that suffer.. and like you the minority that choose to manage and live without are victimised…

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Jan September 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

I really enjoyed this article. It’s a good reminder of what not to do but that is only one side of the coin. It would also be great to read about what a good eating habit is. I am more relating to the portion sizes of food now-a-days and people are starting to get use to expecting double portions or that a great deal is one where you pay six bucks for a portion that should not be possible to fit into your stomach. I think we need a reminder of what a good eating habit is.

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