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Does Food Give You A High Level Of Emotional Satisfaction?

In a new article, Joshua Wayne shares the following observation:

"I think most people enjoy food to at least some extent some of the time, but my experience is that some people develop a level of attachment - something that borders on emotional reliance - to food that goes way beyond normal appreciation for the food that is in front of you."

We created a short survey and asked people to share their responses. We are sharing some of them with you, they contain excellent insight.


Fri. May 7, 10:53am

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comment #1:

I think Joshua is right ON!!! Thanks from the bottom of my heart for bringing out so lucidly what so many of us are going through. First off, I have lost 22 pounds over 2 years, (and put back 6) thru cleaning my eating and exercise. BUT, now even losing 1 pound is HARD. I am a vegetarian with very l'll fish included. I am PASSIONATE about cooking right, color, texture, consistency --all has to be JUST RIGHT. So Joshua, you have perfectly pointed out the emotional connection some of us have to food and how it stands in our way to reaching our goals.
Another interesting thing is that Universe has a way of helping us (I use affirmations for making the right food and being active choices). So what is amazing is that, two days ago I bought 4 can pack of Slimfast and stuck it in the fridge. But have not been able to drink it because of my LOVE OF REAL FOOD. My reasoning was Slimfast is 180 calories..may be I will eat 3 egg whites and veggie omlette in a pita pocket with fat free cheese shreds to mimic the protein and calorie content. May be THAT is real healthful food than drinking Slimfast. So I kept reasoning...
And this morning I am reading your blog on the food connection and BINGO it straight reached my heart.

I know I am BORED at work from too much monotonous work that is unending, I am overqualified for the job (have a Masters that I am hiding) underpaid (no raise this year for me, when I know some faves received a raise despite a freeze) so healthy food is my only salvation. Yes, it is almonds, brown rice, bean soups, greek yogurt dips, spicy sprouted lentils, --all prepared by me in a deliciously tasty manner. Now do I need ALLLLL that food in a day? NO! But my reasoning is that I am eating nutritious, wholesome, freshly prepared foods and not empty calories.

Friday, May 07, 2010, 10:54 AM

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This was very enlightening. I've never thought of it as an emotional dependency. It just reminded me of all the times in college that my friends and I had this motto for when things got rough: "Chocolate makes everything better." Well now I'm even more aware of the unhealthy relationship I have with food.

Friday, May 07, 2010, 10:55 AM

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You hit the nail on the head with this one. I have known for years that I "use" food as a personal "crutch". I have been working on changing my habits the past few years. It takes a few years because my "addiction" of choice is food. Now when I go to the store and I want an ooey gooey treat. I end up passing it by and get something more reasonable or get a very small portion of chocolate if I think I cannot do without it. I have along way to go. I will not give up. Thank you for putting in words what I have known for a long time. I keep changing my life style with a smile. I belong to 3 Peertrainer groups . They are my source of assistance and support as I hope I am to them.

Friday, May 07, 2010, 10:56 AM

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This is a great article! Everything in it rang true for me -- food has always been my best friend, and I'm striving to change that. Sometimes, I'm successful, other times (like just this afternoon), I'm not so good at resisting the cravings. BUT the important thing is: I'm not beating myself up for falling off the wagon any more! What I did was adjust my meals for the rest of the day to take into account the 2 bowls of cereal I had for snack -- and not go over my calorie limit for the day.

Thank you, PeerTrainer, for helping me get to the point where I feel so much more in control. Food may be my "friend" but sometimes we need to think for ourselves and not let our friends influence us too much!

Friday, May 07, 2010, 10:57 AM

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I have a love/hate relationship with food because of a life-long battle with weight. Strangely enough, I spend more time planning meals when I am seriously dieting -- something that can hold me back because I hate having to spend time with food. I think that my relationship with food is similar to that of an alcoholic. If I am frustrated with the weight not coming off fast enough in spite of dieting, I tend to "fall off the wagon" and go out and eat something outrageous like a whole sack of cookies or candy. Fortunately, I have found some software that tracks my weight, calorie intake and nutritional profile over time. This has been a godsend for me. If I have had a "binge," I put it all down. Then, looking at the intake over the whole time period of the diet, I can see that it is possible to correct for the "binge." This is something I have not been able to do before. In the past, the "binge" would usually be the end of my diet attempt for some time. With this longer view available to me, I have been able to "forgive" myself for the slip (so far there have been three over a 5 month diet in which I have lost 27 pounds.) Thye ability to track and get a long-term view over what my intake (and caloric output) has been has put me on a more even keel than I have ever had before in the world of dieting.

Friday, May 07, 2010, 10:57 AM

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