How do you view food?
Has you viewpoint changed since going 'paleo'?
I am interested in why and what you think about the way you view food
Omigosh, fun FTW!
Okay, yes, it's fuel -- I love feeling healthy and nourished, and for once in my life, I feel like I am in tune with my body and the signals it is sending me. It feels amazing!
But again, for the first time in my life, I'm excited about grocery shopping, or cooking new meals, or sitting down to something that is not only healthful, but delicious...eating is enjoyable again! I can trust that the food I am about to eat isn't going to hurt me. I don't feel restricted; I feel liberated!
-does a happy dance for food- :D
I think this is a great question. With regards to the majority of my food, I've been able to transition without huge setbacks with the exception of one--ALCOHOL! What I've realized is that I've set up my social life around alcohol--cocktails, drinks, meet up at the bar, etc. So any social situation becomes a major trigger for me to want a drink. I'm fairly certain that my degree of alcohol consumption is sabotaging my weight loss efforts.
To test that, I've put myself on a weight loss challenge with a co-worker. So I will now be forced to face my emotional/social attachment to alcohol and get past it for the next 30 days or so.
I am definitely a "food as fun" person. Even when I'm working with my Paleo/Primal guidelines, I want what I eat to be fun. I feel like things would be easier for me if I were a "food as fuel" person, but I just don't see myself ever reaching that point.
food is so much fun!!! ive always been like that though. my mother, for better or for worse, is an absolutely phenomenal and adventurous cook and thats how i grew up. we never ate anything from a package. i adore cooking and its always been fun and relaxing for me. being paleo now affords me more opportunity to play in the kitchen in a different way since i never used to eat meat very often and was vegan/vegetarian for a long time. im always sort of sad for people who dont play with their food! Yeah, food is fuel like music is a sound but it can be so much more if youre open.
Both. Modern food separates "fun" from "fuel", but if you reject the modern food, they realign. If you eat the stuff your body is designed to take in, fun IS fuel and fuel IS fun. It's only in the crazy modern world that they separate.
Depends on your definition of "fun." All that crap advertised nowadays are designed to punch all your reward buttons at one time. Pass.
What's fun is to discover new and exciting culinary experiences involving the freshest ingredients and loads of innovation. I'm a food snob, I know.
It takes quite alot to impress me. But it's fun to get out and see whos got the nads' to do it.
i think there is a difference between eating food as a source of energy and eating food as a source of fun/socialising.
With day to day meals I believe it is important to remember that we're essentially fuelling up our bodies and as such the best quality fuels will provide us with the best energy.
In saying that, I believe that following this to the detriment of enjoying the food you eat is unfulfilling (pardon the pun) and in the end unsustainable. you may be able to stick to the steamed chicken breast and boiled cabbage for a while but you will ultimately rebel, often with foods that are less then optimal for your health. variety is the spice of life and you need to mix things up (a variety of foods also offer a variety of nutrients). Choosing 'fun' foods wisely that both taste good & offer health benefits are a way of bring another way of enjoyment to your life.
This also means that time to time you may find yourself eating foods that are not necessarily 100% paleo. If you enjoy them or in a situation where by you objectively weigh up the pro's and con's of eating & enjoying the food and come to the conclusion that your eating the non-paleo fuel is of greater benefit, (and the majority of the time it isn't) ENJOY IT! there is no point in feeling guilty the entire period of eating and after as you have not savoured the experience. Just know at the end of the day the net result may be less then positive.(obviously if you are allergic to certain foods then you would take this into consideration)
food is a fuel. However, the fact that some foods taste freaking awesome is a great bonus, using this when considering different food choices is important for wise decisions for the body, mind & spirit
Wow. I think I'm the only one who does not see it as fun. I don't really like meat much, and honestly, if I could take a pill for my fueling needs, I think I'd be relieved. The few items I can eat/drink that I enjoy are not good for me, so I try to avoid/limit. Whenever I find something I really enjoy, I eat as much as I can of it, so that it's not such a chore. But one of the reasons I haven't fully given up Diet Coke and dark chocolate is because I have nothing else that I enjoy when it comes to eating and drinking.
I'm glad to hear so many of you love food, and I hope someday to catch up with you.
Food as FUN for me and a fuel...I hear a lot of people in the paleo community (and very much so in the paleo-crossfit community) say that they only see food as fuel now. While food IS fuel and that is something we cannot get around, I think if you look at food as just a fuel, it tends to put your mindset in the "diet" mode. To me thats like the concept of introducing "cheat meals". I understand having something that might not be wonderful for you every once in awhile...out on the road, at a friends, but to purposfully introduce something that we all claim is toxic into our systems...thats just something I have never understood about our community.
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