09 October 2019

Food: The Scary Menu

NPR article, When Efforts to eat clean become an unhealthy obession.

There is nothing like an autumn chill to fill the soul with thoughts of food...hot soup, chicken stew, huge meaty sandwiches, apple crisp. Fall is a food gathering of the kind that can make us feel warm and safe like a comfortable chair by the wood stove...when we eat healthy.
A few years ago, after chats with a nutritionist due to weight struggles, I began arranging my already healthy menus, to scanty menus for fear of eating the wrong foods. I narrowed the  protein to carb balance so far, I didn't realize my appetite was strolling down that path as well. This process is over a few years, not months. It has been gradual.
I became concerned about my lack of appetite, and wanting only easy to grab and eat foods. I became a nibbler, sometimes all day, especially bread and cheese. Time to do research on what is going on, get out of the unhealthy eating rut.
Lettuce wrap filling

I search the Internet and found the NPR article, interesting read there. I don't feel I have orthorexia, (as evident by the fast foods and junk food I'm not afraid to eat). After reading that article, I don't feel as bad anymore that I've been too picky about my appetite concerns. It is scary to almost be in a crisis about how I eat. Whew I say!
I am on the road to healthier meals. And someday I might actually believe chewing dry cranberries is a happier experience than chomping on a chunk of cheesecake.



18 comments:

  1. Every time I saw a meal in the US I blanched. On the whole Europeans eat far less in quantity at a meal. A happy eating experience is what you decide it will be. Likewise a healthy diet is something you have to enjoy otherwise you won't stick to it. We are all in control of our own dietary destiny. We just have to want to achieve a goal and want it enough to do something about it. Having said that chewing dry cranberries is NOT a happier experience than chomping on a chunk of cheesecake. Go well and kia kaha.

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  2. Hi Graham,
    Wise words. Thank you. There's cranberry cheesecake to consider. Flavor is a big factor in what I select for a meal. Fruit with veggies helps replace sugary foods.

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    1. Oddly, Maywyn, I have very little ability to taste (caused by influenza around 1968 and 2000) so food for me is largely a matter of texture and looks. Flavour does a play a part but to a minor extent.

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    2. Sorry to read that, Graham.
      When I think about flavor versus how fast I eat, I realize how flavor is important in only the first bites.

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  3. I tend to mix exercise with what I'm eating, and telling myself to be mindful of how much I do eat.

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    1. Hi William,
      Food volume is easy to miss. I like the exercise food mix.

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  4. Dried cranberries vs. cheesecake - hard choice for me because I love them both! As for diet, I'm a believer in most everything in moderation. Have also come to the realization that eating less of everything is a pretty good choice.

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    1. Hi Maryanne,
      Less is a good choice. Cranberry cheesecake is on my list for the holidays.

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    2. ah - perfect - the best of BOTH!!!

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    3. I'm thinking of adding orange, maybe a drizzle sauce.

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  5. I can truthfully report I am not suffering orthorexia! How happy I would be to have someone else in charge of my food! And Graham is so right. On the whole the people of this country eat oversized meals, accompanied by soft drinks. Positively self defeating.

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    1. Hi Joanne,
      There is a lot of salt in soda. There are foods where a soda feels right, like pizza and a burger. Seltzer water with fruit juice is an alternative.

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  6. I would say to eat anything you like but in moderation - as long as some underlying medical condition makes this impossible.

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    1. Hi Loree,
      That is the right path because it helps decrease frustrations that end up in binges of junk food.

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  7. I think appetite decreases with age, too... your body is compensating for you not being able to be so energetic.

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      Ah, I didn't realize that. More aging surprises. Lol
      Thank you for the smiles

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  8. Maywyn I like Loree's approach. I find that as long as I do not have a food allergy to anything it is better to not tell myself no. If I do that being human it sets me up to eat far more than needed as well as super sweet and salty foods which neither one are the best. Hope you have a lovely fall day and eat something comforting. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      I just ate a box of Snow Caps with a glass of mango orange juice. ☺
      Have a fun foliage weekend!

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