Not caring about food
We’ve all thought about it, ‘how do skinny people not care about food?’ I would be lying to you if I said that I no longer care greatly about food. I still fantasize about pumpkin pie and turkey when holidays are nearing, my mouth still waters at the thought of going out to the movies, I still have to force myself to remember how much I like salad when going out to dinner.
Learning how to not care about food is probably something that is unattainable for me because my whole being revolves around food. I revolved around it when I was addicted to sugar, and I revolve around it now that I have to concentrate on not eating sugar. People who don’t care about food grew up in an environment that did not prioritize it. I remember comparing myself to my friend when I was much younger, my family ate together during dinner, watching T.V., birthdays, any holiday, what have you, all we thought about was the meal to come. My friends family on the other hand revolved around sports. They would plan hikes, bike rides, swimming competitions, whatever physical activity they could get their muscular hands on they would do it.
Do I wish my family was more interested in sports? No… not really. Meal time was more of a bonding experience then sports was for her family. I remember the strenuous relationship she always had with her parents and her brothers because, well, three of them were boys so they were automatically better at sports than her and her mother was a champion biker, swimmer, and runner. There was a lot of competition in the family and a lot of the time the one not winning was her. My family was just bonded because everyone was interested in cooking, learning new recipes, trying new things, enjoying or hating it together. There was no competition, until it came down to who was doing the dishes.
Instead of learning how to not care about food, worrying when you will be able to ‘take it or leave it’ it is better to learn how to respect food and your body. Everyone dreams that one day they will be able to look at a carrot and have the same reaction as looking at cake, but that will never happen. Learn how to say to yourself ‘if I don’t have this now, it is not the end of the world.’ and be able to sit with yourself in satisfaction that you did not indulge in overeating of cheating on your diet.
Respecting food means to be able to look at it, leave it, and come to terms with the fact that it’s not that you will never be able to have it but you just don’t want it right now because it does not coincide with your goals. Be able to care about food in that it is to fuel your body, meet your goals, and achieve a healthy way of being.
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