For the Love of Food

By Marsha Hudnall on 07/12/2011
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“For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost.  For the want of the shoe, a horse was lost.”

This post is about something near and dear to my heart: food.  I love it.  And so do many of the women we work with at Green Mountain.  Likely, many of you do, too.  I haven’t met many people in my life who don’t.

But if you’re a weight struggler, you may feel conflicted about that love.  You may have been told for years that if you want to end your weight struggles, just stop eating so much.  That advice seems impossible to someone who loves food.  And it gets, perhaps, at the core of why dieting doesn’t work for so many people.  It focuses us on quantity instead of quality.

In this month’s FitBriefingA Love Affair with Food: Being a Foodie Can Mean Good Things for Healthy Weights,” we explain how really loving food, and eating it to our heart’s content (pun intended),  can actually lead us to healthy weights.  We’ve seen it happen with both of our chefs since they joined us.  And anyone who knows Jon and Lisa know they love preparing and eating good food.

Don’t get me wrong when I talk about good food.  I’m not reverting to the diet mentality meaning of that phrase.  Instead, I’m talking about food we love — food that tastes great and makes us feel great, too.

I won’t go on here.  Read the FitBriefing to understand our point better.

So how does the rhyme I opened this post with apply to this subject?  I guess it’s because I think good food is the nail in the shoe of good health.  It doesn’t work alone; physical activity, sleep, stress management and more play into the equation.  But maybe because I’m a registered dietitian, I put food first.  Or maybe it’s because food supplies basic fuel for life.

Which brings to mind another rhyme:  “Men — you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.”  That’s a joke when it comes to men.  But if it’s how you think about food, it’s time to learn how to live with it.  Not only live with it, but live well with it.  It’s one of the greatest pleasures of life.

What’s your relationship with food? 

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