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What Gill said

Important? yes - but making it into a routine activity puts it in it's place, like brushing your teeth, or breathing!


Amen - It is important for my health, fuel and maintenance material for my body, I do want to eat quality nutritious food. I don't want to think about food all day. I do want to plan what to eat and then not think about it any more.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Day 45, 100 days Food -- Important or Not?

Yes Food is important for me, especially at certain events birthdays, Christmas, family and friends events.
Kidding myself perhaps as very often food does fill my life from getting out of bed to going back there and sometime during night too, just the thinking, not eating! The not eating before 8.30am or after 6.30pm does allow me to rationalise food more though.

I enjoy planning my meals and my family's meals for the next few days and if I don't know what I'm gonna have for tea I am a bit sad and disconcerted!

It is important but still quite routine, my food planning is routine for the whole family. emoticon

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Important? yes - but making it into a routine activity puts it in it's place, like brushing your teeth, or breathing!

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Food has always been important to me but now I try to focus not only on nutrition but enjoyment value.

Linda's statement in this lesson has deeply resonated with me. "Designating food as important doesn't give you permission to overeat. Instead it allows you to appreciate and enjoy good food...don't punish yourself by saying I shouldn't be eating this...Simply relax and enjoy."

Now that it is very difficult to get together for fun things like travel, group exercise and celebrations, it is challenging to follow this advice but the more that I do the more successful I am with my weight loss/maintenance goals. emoticon

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Day 45 - Food - Important or Not?

Important because we die without it - that's pretty important

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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Day 45, 100 days Food -- Important or Not?

Yes Food is important for me, especially at certain events birthdays, Christmas, family and friends events.
Kidding myself perhaps as food does fill my life from getting out of bed to going back there and sometime during night too, just the thinking, not eating!

I enjoy planning my meals and my family's meals for the next few days and if I don't know what I'm gonna have for tea I am a bit sad and disconcerted ! Gill wish I could forget about it when I have eaten the meal!

We are all works in process aren't we and food is important to us all emoticon

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Day 45 - Food, important or not?

I think about food a lot when I'm stressed. I have the bad habit of thinking that food will relieve stress or solve my problem. It won't. In fact, excess food creates more problems.

1. Think carefully about specific times you want to label food as important.

Dinners out which we rarely do, dinners with friends. One small dark chocolate bar a day.

2. Make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually give the designation of important.
Sometimes I go for chips when stressed. I don't keep them on hand at my house for that reason.

3. With times or situations that arenít on your list, plan to view food as unimportant. Write a few of these down as well, then notice how this feels to you.
Breakfast and lunch, for sure. They are routine, and I almost always eat them alone.


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Day #45 of 100 Food, important or not?
If I ever find that fine line between making food important enough to plan and cook good nutritious meals but not so important that it occupies my thinking all day, then I will be at a place I want to be.
I am much closer to that goal on most days.

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Day 45 Food - important or not?
"When it comes to losing weight, what you eat is far, far more important than working out." u.nu/8uyjx I stopped thinking about food while exercising by staying in the moment. Focus on music, instructor, breathing, heartbeat, muscles and drinking water. Plan and track meal before workouts.

How would you like to see food and it's role in your life?
A: Food is nourishment when I'm hungry and eating planned meals. I can practice chewing slowly and listening to hunger and satiety signals.
- Special occasion dinners can add to the memories. Balance indulgences by eating less before and after.

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Day 45 - Food - Important or not


1. Think carefully about specific times you want to label food as important.

Holidays, special dinners - birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, weddings, celebrations of milestones or achievements


2. Make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually give the designation of important.

When travelling, it is fun to try the local cuisine.
We have a family birthday cake we always make - since 1914
We have certain nights of the week that has certain meals - like Sunday brunch and Friday nights we have polenta with a roast and Monday noon is pasta with bolognese sauce and a green salad

3. With times or situations that arenít on your list, plan to view food as unimportant. Write a few of these down as well, then notice how this feels to you.

The quality of the nutrition of food is always important to me. Every meal.

How much do I think about food during the day? I think about food when I am hungry. As soon as I eat my first meal, I think about what and when I am going to eat next. Strangely, I do not think about food before my first meal of the day. I am doing intermittent fasting, I don't eat between 7pm and 11am. This has given me relief about thinking about food for most of the morning. I find I am not hungry until I eat my first meal. It is weird, unexpected, but I like it.


I think about food in a different way when I am thinking what to make for lunch and dinner. That is a detached way of thinking, not a longing and anticipating way like when I am hungry.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 10/5/2019 (01:38)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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I find that I strive not to make food over powering in my day. I eat to fuel the body, but not for pleasure or to fill a frustration or celebration.

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I love my food!

My thoughts on this one are the same as last time - food IS important to me, and I look forward to my meals. But because I plan my three meals a day in advance, I can 'forget' about it until it's time to eat. It's a nice, safe feeling, knowing that something has been planned.

Once I've eaten, I can forget about it until the next meal-time.

It's pretty important, but I don't think about it all the time, like I used to!

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I used to think about food a lot, but not in a 'healthy way.' I'd worry about what to have for breakfast, then "Do I need to pack a snack?", what about lunch, and so forth. Food does still occupy a place of importance, but at least it's in a healthier way. This summer I've been consumed with salads - different things to include, i.e. dried berries, nuts, fruit (strawberries or slices of apple, etc.), grilled chicken. I don't think about it 'all the time' now. I plan ahead. Progress!

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~ Think carefully about specific times you want to label food as important.
Celebrations: birthdays, holidays, gatherings

~ In your notebook, make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually designate as important.
Nutritional food is important, not so much treat foods. I can attend celebrations and not eat the cake, ice cream or any other junk foods that are normally thought of as important (like birthdays) but I don't feel that it's really important enough to eat them if I'm sticking with my plan, which I am.

~ With times or situations that aren't on your list, plan to view food as unimportant.
It is important to eat for nutrition, but for any other reason, not really.

Like the saying goes, Eat to Live don't Live to Eat.


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Day 45 - Food - Important or not
As much as I would like to say that food doesnít occupy a lot of importance, the fact is that I must plan, buy and fix most of the food so it does become a focus of my day more than Iíd like.

Generally it depends on what kind of day Iím having how much I think of food during the course of a day.
If it is a busy day I probably donít think of food until I am hungry.
If it is a day of lots of stress I may want to eat constantly or not eat at all.
If itís a day of sheer laziness with little or no exercise I probably think of food all day.
emoticon Today Iím thinking about the challenge that will take me past Thanksgiving, a big food time for lots of us.



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Day 45, 100 days Food -- Important or Not?

Yes Food is important for me, especially at certain events birthdays, Christmas, family and friends events.

I enjoy planning my meals and if I don't know what I'm gonna have for tea I am a bit sad!

Glad you are happier today Phyllis and Gill I wish I could leave it longer between Meals! ūüėČūüėć Still a work in progress but working onwards ....

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Day # 45 Food -- Important or Not?
(written before)
If I ever find that fine line between making food important enough to plan and cook good nutritious meals but not so important that it occupies my thinking all day, then I will be at a place I want to be.

(today)
Planning, not just my food but also the other things I want to accomplish during the day, keeps the thought of food in a place of importance for healthy living but does not now occupy my entire life like it once did.
I was once one of those people planning what I would have next before I finished what was in front of me because I once ate what I thought would make me thin, now I only eat what will keep me healthy, what tastes good and what I really like!
emoticon Amazingly itís keeping me thinner than Iíve been in years!

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Food is important to me.

I've just had breakfast; I'm looking forward to lunch, and I'm packing up a meal to take to work for dinner tonight.

What food I choose to eat is important.

But food is not the most important thing in my day - I can forget about it until meal-time because I've planned. Today I am trying a new recipe for lunch - and I'm looking forward to spending time making it.

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Food is increasingly important as I learn more about nutrition, healthcare and the food industry. I pay attention to food labels - additives, trans fats, hidden sugars, use-by-dates etc. Eliminated protein powders with artificial sweeteners. I'm making progress on finding the best vitamin/mineral supplements.

Our diet is mostly Southern Indian Cuisine with a variety of spices and herbs. We swapped out rice & dosa for cauliflower rice to provide more nutrients & fiber. Sweet potatoes instead of white. Some fish & eggs for health benefits (Protein, Omega 3 and B-12) Leafy Greens u.nu/qwt5 Ideal-carbohydrate-intake u.nu/n8sg

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100 Days Challenge, Day 45 Food - important or not?

Todayís assignment

I think about food on the night I plan the next day's menu, or when I'm making a grocery list for shopping. Sometimes when I get overly hungry I think about when the next fuel will be arriving. I also get cranky if I get too delayed in having it.

1. Think carefully about specific times you want to label food as important.

I really have adapted to food being fuel. I feel good about that decision and the ability to make it work most of the time in my life. Holiday meals it might be important. But it's really the holiday, not the meal that makes it that way.

2. Make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually give the designation of important.

Birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties, neighborhood get-together food could be important. I associate cake and ice cream with birthdays, anniversaries and parties. Neighborhood get-togethers I think of BBQ, potato salad and miscellaneous desserts.

3. With times or situations that arenít on your list, plan to view food as unimportant. Write a few of these down as well, then notice how this feels to you.

Food IS unimportant. I'm pleasant surprised by this way of thinking and living. It makes me comfortable and at ease. To have the cravings eliminated is a God send.

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everyone! thanks for your support with the email fail. This morning I composed the email on the computer before pasting it in the Sparkmail this morning! Once bitten and all that!

One of the things I remember writing was that food is a basic need and it IS important because without it we will DIE! Perhaps it was just as well I didn't get to send it!
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Gill -- SO sorry SP lost your post! I'm sure it was emoticon

One thing that struck home with me in Linda's blog that was linked to today was something about breakfast for her many times being "unimportant"... in regards that it didn't have to be a super experience etc. Yeah...I've thought about that before with breakfast, too. Usually for my breakfast I just want to get some good nutrition, have it be reasonably tasty, then get on with my day. Breakfast is important, but the expectations of an eating "experience".... not as much as I usually place on lunch and dinner. Moving forward with that -- I can do that with lunch sometimes, too. Not to say I shouldn't enjoy it, but that there is (usually) more going on and .... these meals are just a part of the day -- not the MAIN EVENT!

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The more I tune into my body, the more I use that to gauge my relationship with food. I can eat unimportant food now and not think a thought about it.

Again I looked back and I think I can see a good progression here.

My previous entries:
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Food is important, but nutrition more so. I find it interesting that the more I really taste and enjoy what I eat, the less I have a problem when I know I need to eat but what is healthy and available is not necessarily super flavorful. I eat what my body will like more than what my mouth (and imagination) might like.

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What I love about this lesson is how Linda gives examples from other aspects of daily life to apply to food. It can be important at times, at others it can be "unimportant", e.g. we can recognize the need for healthy and tasty fuel food without having it foremost in our minds at all times. I think this comes close to what I once referred to as wanting a healthy relationship with food.



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Gill ... I loved your email this morning ... made me laugh out loud ... read the book, do the lesson, let us know what ya think. I truly enjoy your daily emails ... yet this morning it struck me ... my words not yours ... do your business and then tell us about it. Isn't that what this journey to health is alllll about.

Phyllis ... I too look for that fine line.

We eat good wholesome food at my house. We always have with the thrown is "junk" food. Hubby is a much, much better food choice eater than I am. We raised our kids and now g-kids to eat healthy. Everyone seems to be on ... auto pilot in this regard ... but me.

SIL is an alcoholic ... 4+ years sober. We have talked numerous times ... coz I understand him better than most. He says the first year was ... painful, humbling, self aware, mechanical, tortureous.

I look at ridding my life of food "crutches" and habits that don't serve me ... the same way. Lots and lots and lots of effort now ... so it gets easier later. Our world seems to evolve around food ... abundance or lack of it ... doesn't seem to change our focus.

I don't understand why people can't come together and enjoy each other without eating. Hmmm ... in the South ... food is love. Can't you love me without feeding me???

My hunger is not an emergency.
My hunger is it physical or emotional.
Feed myself ... accordingly.
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Food is important for several reasons. Those reasons, for me, are different than they used to be.

Years ago food was important to me because I wanted to fix 'special foods' for my family. I wanted 'special foods' for holidays and celebrations. They made me 'feel special.' I'm 'overly special' today!

We definitely tend to make events special with food, but I think it was at a WW meeting years ago that I heard "Rather than look at the holiday as an eating event with people present turn it around. It's a celebration with lots of people with food present." There is a difference in attitude in that one. The focus is on the celebration, the food, the joy of seeing friends and family. Of course, there's going to be food but it isn't the main focus.

Certainly took me a long time but now I try to find different 'foods' for events, celebrations. I look for new recipes, healthy ones. Live and learn; right?

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Oh Phyllis, you are right on this one:

"If I ever find that fine line between making food important enough to plan and cook good nutritious meals but not so important that it occupies my thinking all day, then I will be at a place I want to be."

The important thing is that MOST times our thinking about food is to plan healthy meals. Now I admit it is really hard for me to socialize without making the food more important than it should be.

If there are canapťs I look for the one that is a healthy choice, that is easy if it is an event that allows me to bring something; ; if I'm going to be eating from a menu I can choose something healthy if I just plan beforehand and if anyone orders an appetizer "to share", I order one to share also "the healthiest one on the menu. I like to be the first one to order too because then I'm not influenced by what others order.

All of that planning makes me think about food a lot. Sometimes I even feel like I am obsessing but......in a good way.

The absolutely most important thing is to value the people present at the table. Interact, be interested in them, share your life....no one will notice that you are not pigging out.

At any "special" meal make the people more important than the food.



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I find that it is hard NOT to make food the center of my life right now because this weight loss business takes a lot of time, work, and effort (even if it is our choice to do it). I have told myself several times "I will be so glad when I can get to goal weight and maintenance so that so much of my day isn't filled with thinking about food!". Yes, you maintainers, I know, I know, it still requires mindfulness.

I am going to take a different approach today for this topic. I am going to focus on how I treat so many of my meals as "special" occasions. Yup. I can make several days a week "special" for whatever reason I can imagine. This is not the path to success!

On Monday I have planned a Girl's Night Out to celebrate Earth Day. We get together several times a year for dinner, drinks, and a movie. Is this "special"? In some ways it is, but we do it so often that my focus really needs to be on our friendship instead of the food and drinks.

Linda asks us to think about how it feels to NOT make food the focus. Well, I will admit it is VERY difficult. We have so much fun it is hard for me to stay focused on my plan and I feel like I'm being cheated when I can't eat/drink whatever I want. So next Monday will be a test of fortitude for me! I will let you know how I did.

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Day # 45 Food -- Important or Not?
If I ever find that fine line between making food important enough to plan and cook good nutritious meals but not so important that it occupies my thinking all day, then I will be at a place I want to be.


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Oh yes, I am guilty of planning a meal shortly after eating one. Why do they show food commercials after dinner? Why does every ďget togetherĒ have food? We have made food important.........but we can change that, or we can change what we eat and eat mindfully......again.......itís a choice. I hope we will have a healthy day and think about the things that are really important.

One day at a time!


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Day 45 Foodóimportant or not?

What if you could eliminate food as the center of your life by choosing specific times to let food be important, and then other times unimportant. Designate specific times to let food be important, then other times, treat it as being unimportant. You canít make food special all the time, so be selective with when you call it important. When you spend time with others, you can still choose to let food be unimportant, and instead, focus on giving love and attention to the people around you.

Eating doesn't always have to be especially fun or exciting. Lots of times it's providing fuel, you have to eat it anyway. Boring food, just label it as unimportant.

When it comes to eating, a surprise birthday party or even an exotic new restaurant can suddenly change your view of food. During these times, you can make a decision to let food be important.

Designating food as important doesn't give you permission to overeat. Instead, it allows you to openly appreciate and enjoy good food. If you've labeled food as important, make sure you don't punish yourself by saying things like, "I shouldn't be eating this!" Simply relax and enjoy it.
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Food is important when someone makes an extra special effort to make a meal. Last night Jill made pasta sauce for lasagne from scratch. She roasted tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil in a low oven for 4 hours. It was delicious and I ate slowly to savor the flavor and really enjoy it.

Make a list of times, places, or even specific foods to view food as unimportant/routine.

- breakfast when I am not hungry, I eat for fuel to get on with my day.
- lunch when we usually have leftovers
- a quick meal when I am hungry and itís time to fuel up

Do you finish a meal and start planning what you'll eat next?

Yes when I am dieting I think about food all the time. I become obsessed with menu planning, shopping for groceries, measuring quantities, calculating calories, etc. If I am hungry I think about what I will be eating my next meal.

How would you like to see food and it's role in your life? Something I enjoy but keep in moderation.

Make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually give the designation of important.

When someone makes me a special meal ie. Dinner party, a new recipe, homemade baking, etc. Going to my favorite restaurants and really there can only be one favorite Indian, Chinese, breakfast restaurant. When I make a special meal such as turkey dinner with all the fixings!

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If I am honest I do still think about food a lot and I guess give it more Importance than it deserves. Following my eating plan (more or less) is more important and the food should be just to FUEL my body and my healthy life.

Important meals are with my family especially special events like birthdays or Christmas, as I have said before I enjoy eating at the table. emoticon

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Food is important.

I plan my meals and I am careful about what I choose - the quality and quantity are important. But I don't have to think about food constantly - I plan my meals, do my shopping - then I know I'm doing OK with this important part of my self-care and health-maintenance. I'm doing my best with what I have, and what I know, at this moment in time.

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emoticon for progress and all the great posts here. I would say food still continues to be important for me unless I am so busy that I forget until hunger makes me aware.

I repeat Linda's statement in this lesson that has deeply resonated with me. "Designating food as important doesn't give you permission to overeat. Instead it allows you to Appreciate and Enjoy good food...don't punish yourself by saying I shouldn't be eating this...Simply relax and enjoy."

I continue to focus on this advice along with mindfulness and so many other gems from this book. I find myself doing this more all the time while staying in range. emoticon

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I will say, 'Yes.'

I enjoy eating what I choose to eat. I link it with providing my body with what it needs; with relaxing from work to take a break ; with sociability. Because I'm lucky enough to be in a position to source and cook a lot of the weekday meals, food assumes quite a high daily importance. I can also relish the tastes, textures and combinations I enjoy.

The two areas where conflict tends to arise are firstly: when the food choices others make don't fit my dietary choices. This is where I sound selfish and ungrateful and a control freak. Other people have choices and preferences too. It isn't necessarily a question of the actual taste of what I am given but comes down to what I perceive is its nutritional value.

Secondly: when I eat to fill a gap other than hunger. This 'mindless' eating can be caused by boredom; sometimes by being on my own; as procrastination when I have a big work project; and, from time to time, I get the need for a sugar rush - medically a non-recommended food.

Area 2 is where I'm personally making small steps of progress.
Area 1 has improved since DH has committed to losing weight. I now realise that some of what he was giving me to eat in the past was to make himself feel better about eating it. Since he has cleaned up his eating and portion control (losing 35lbs in the process), the excess carbs don't find their way onto my plate either.

A work in progress, but it is progress!


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I definitely believe food is important. It's fuel for our body. The foods we choose are important, as well as how they are prepared.

I have to think about food. I have to be prepared and plan ahead. I'm definitely in trouble if I don't have my veggies and/or fruits to snack on or throw in my lunch bag. They're 'fillers' for sure.

During the holiday season food becomes very important. We come together as family & friends and celebrate with food. What I tell myself is "It's a holiday, a celebration, with family, friends and people I love. Food just happens to be present."

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Day # 45 Food -- Important or Not?

I think part of the spirit of this lesson is that food should not consistently be the "fun" or super-saturated taste experience of sugar, fat, and salt that many have come to seek out with all the latest packaged, processed and fast foods available. That our days should not be spent in an agony of craving in between meals. That we should not be obsessed with eating -- ranking it in importance above all else.

It's a matter of semantics -- I DO think food is always important to me in the sense that it is my goal to plan ahead and think about what I will be eating that day. I don't ever want to eat a meal that I don't enjoy. I try to balance the nutrients, and (important to me) ensure that it will be a tasty experience that is also healthy. I do better when I've put some thought into what I will be eating and actually do spend some time anticipating mealtime that way...which I don't think is a bad thing.

However...when things get stressful and I grab the quickest thing I can (usually NOT healthy) and I get that rush from the empty calories -- that's when thoughts of unhealthy food start dominating my thoughts. Grabbing the next available salty, sugary treat seems to be the way to go...kind of like an addiction. There is a monster that has awakened in me that feels it must be fed!

If I've been eating well, it's not going to throw me off to have the occasional treat such as the piece of birthday cake, or indulge in treat days such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.

So...I'm not sure if I addressed this day's topic correctly...but it has got me started thinking. emoticon


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I believe Iíve gone from thinking about food all day long to now usually only three times a day.
Iíve gone from overcooking too much food to learning that having balanced, nutritious food makes it easier most of the time to not feel the need for more if Iím conscious of what Iím eating at the time.

Iíve also learned if I donít overeat on a daily basis that the enjoyment of a piece of birthday cake or a piece of pie at a special event is worth the wait!

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Food - important or not. If I don't think about food, I don't eat right. I HAVE to plan. Sometimes I make my plan once for the day and that is it. Sometimes it is in steps. But I don't dwell on food all the time. Eating at regular intervals keeps food from becoming too "important." Yesterday, I had a lunch with my retired teacher buddies. They are already planning day trips when I finally take that plunge into retirement. Two of them did not eat breakfast and were very hungry and anxious about eating lunch because they were so hungry. Food was important to them at that time. I had a light breakfast, so it was not a big thing for me. I was enjoying the visiting. We had a great time. Food was part of it, but the visiting and a spirited game of Christmas trivia made for a great time together. I have several events coming up that will be centered around food, but I don't want to make the food the important thing. Appreciating who I am with needs to be at the top of my "important" list.

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My original answers still apply here:

Most of the time, food is fuel for my body, to give me energy and not important in so much as the choice of foods.

Important foods would be more like "What are we going to have for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter."

Even Birthday cake and Anniversary cake, although appeciated aren't necessarily "important". We could celebrate those occasions without cake and it would still be a Birthday or Anniversary, right?

So, what IS important, to me about food is:

ensuring I get a minimum of five daily servings of fruits and vegetables
getting enough calcium through low and nonfat dairy products
drinking a minimum of 8 cups of water per day

Other than that, since there are no prohibited foods on my plan, I don't stress about it so much.


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Food is important, but nutrition more so. I find it interesting that the more I really taste and enjoy what I eat, the less I have a problem when I know I need to eat but what is healthy and available is not necessarily super flavorful. I eat what my body will like more than what my mouth (and imagination) might like.



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Day 45, Food - Important or Not

Food is important because it is necessary if we are to be healthy and strong.

That is the bottom line for me and I try to remind myself that while I may choose to eat food that isn't "healthy", I shouldn't do that unless it is important for other reasons.

For instance: Birthday cake can be an important part of celebrating and I feel a bit like a curmudgeon if I refuse to share someone's birthday cake. Of course I do enjoy the fact that it is delicious so it isn't much of a sacrifice to eat birthday cake. I think we should fully take part in the celebrations of life.....all of them.

Sometimes I just celebrate the end of a nice day with a small snack with my bedtime tea. Sometimes I celebrate the fact that my roses are blooming or my husband is so sweet, or that a friend said something that is special to me...all celebrations do not mean chocolate or any treat but some of them do. I guess it depends on my mood.

I try to stay close to three meals a day though and planned snacks on weekends.

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Food is important. I wish I didn't have to 'think' about it so much, and I wish I 'didn't think about it so much.' But I have to, and I do.

I try to plan my meals in advance, i.e. my lunches for work, etc. I want it simple, but filling and nutritious - no messy desk!

There's also cost - which I'm sure is a huge factor for many of us.

Planning. Shopping. Preparing. It's work!

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Well, I couldn't put it better myself! Spot on, Phyllis.

I sometimes wish I didn't have to be so attentive to food - ie is it nutritious? has it got enough protein? is it vegetarian? has it got additives? will it make me crave? can I resist it? am I really hungry? how can I avoid eating this?

But we live in a world which would have us consuming anything that makes someone else rich really!!!! It's a jungle out there! So I have to make thinking about food important as a matter of survival.

Like any 'diet' - my strongest defense seems to be to limit the times I expose myself to food! Either shopping, preparing, or eating. Like a technology diet - only allowed on the computer for certain times in the day. Or a budget that has no-spend days as part of the deal. These kind of rule-based behaviours seem to have the best success rate with me.

Food is important - three times a day.

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Food Important or Not Important

Food is very important for living a healthy life.
Food is also important for having a happy celebration occasionally.

Food is not important for boredom, anxiety, fear, anger, or procrastination.
Food is not important if it has little nutritional value and eaten after real hunger is satisfied.

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Gill, I am so glad to hear that you can also forget the plan! I'm the same way; and I agree...once we have a plan we don't constantly have to return to the subject of food or speculate on what the next meal will be.

Food is important to our health, to our social lives, to our family time. The issue for me has been prioritizing....I have learned (most times) to put health in the number one spot with pleasure a close second, but still second. I always said that I wasn't an emotional eater; that I just loved to eat and I have read those words so many times here on Spark in so many posts. That tells me that I wasn't alone in that belief. Now I know that emotions do affect my food choices and, YES, I also love to eat. Bad combination! I've learned how to plan, make good choices at least 80 per cent of the time, plan my treats for specific times. I've come a long way but 100 Days is still teaching me.

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In a sense, yes, food is of prime importance to me. As Maribeth says, choosing WHAT to eat, and WHEN to eat, and HOW MUCH to eat - these things are top of my list! Once I've made those decisions, then food thoughts can generally go on the back-burner. When it's meal time - I eat what I've planned to eat.

Without giving it importance, I can become chaotic and lost in a hazey grazey space that is not good for me.

However, because I DO plan - I can now often completely forget what I'm going to eat next, and have to look at my planner to find out. Whereas, in the past, I'd be thinking about the next meal as soon as I'd finished the previous one! I think this is what Linda is really talking about when she uses the term 'importance'.

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One of the most important things I've learned from these lessons is that I am an emotional eater.
I've also tried to make food important for my nutritional health.
I've tried to stop using food for solutions to anything emotional.
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Day 45: Food-important or not?
During the course of a day, how much do you think about food? A little? A lot? Most of the time? Do you finish one meal and immediately start planning what you'll eat next? What if you could eliminate having food be the center of your life? You can-by choosing specific times to let food be important, then other times, treating it as unimportant.
Is this important or not?
When you get into your car, you don't expect every trip to be inspiring or memorable. Sometimes you just need to go to the store or visit your mother.
In the same way, eating doesn't always have to be especially fun or exciting. Lots of times, food will be quite mundane, but since it's providing fuel, you have to eat it anyway. Instead of fretting about boring food, just label it as unimportant.
When it comes to eating, a surprise birthday party or even an exotic new restaurant can suddenly change your view of food. During these times, you can make a decision to let food be important.
Just like the drive where you slow down and appreciate the scenery, you can do the same thing with food. Give it full attention and allow yourself to enjoy it. Appreciate the taste, enjoy the fun of the eating experience, and ask for the recipe.
Designating food as important doesn't give you permission to overeat. Instead, it allows you to openly appreciate and enjoy good food. If you've labeled food as important, be sure you don't punish yourself by saying things like, "I shouldn't be eating this!" Simply relax and enjoy it.
Pick and choose
Since you can't make food special all the time, be selective with when you call it important. Don't assume you have to give food special status just because it's part of an event. When you spend time with others, you can still choose to let food be unimportant, and instead, focus on giving love and attention to the people around you.
Rather than always making food the center of your day, be particular about how you view it. Simply choose when to make it important and when to let it be routine.
During the course of a day, how much do you think about food? A little? A lot? Most of the time? Do you finish one meal and immediately start planning what you'll eat next? What if you could eliminate having food be the center of your life? You can-by choosing specific times to let food be important, then other times, treating it as unimportant.
In your notebook, make a list of times, places, or even specific foods that you would usually give the designation of important.
With times or situations that aren't on your list, plan to view food as unimportant
I do not think about food as often as I used to. Food is no longer a focus in my life. Sometimes I think i DO have to think about it more so I always make sure I have healthier choices ready ahead of time.
Most foods are just fuel although I do enjoy some more than others. I focus on the surroundings and the company. Like on Easter getting together with family is important- anyways we make most things that are yummy and within my exchanges but if I go over it is okay. if I decide to have something it is portion control.
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