One thing that I never could quite get off my mind was food. I theorize it started when I was a small child. I just enjoyed eating. I loved desserts the best. We didn’t have dessert very often, but when we di,d I eagerly anticipated the cake or cookies my mom would serve after dinner.
When I was in high school, and I got my driver’s license, I began to think about food a lot. My friends and I would plan what we were going to eat for lunch and pile in someone’s car to run through a fast food drive-thru. After I ate lunch, I’d begin thinking about how I could fit in a fast trip to the convenience store before dinner to pick up a package of cookies and a coke. The same trend continued for me into college.
Once I went from an average sized to wearing a size 28+ clothes, food was the primary focus of my day. I was either eating, preparing or thinking about food all the time. I discovered I loved to cook and did so with abandon. I unfortunately ate with abandon as well.
Food, food, food. Dessert, dessert, dessert. Food, food, food.
When I was in my weight loss year, I still thought about food a lot. I think that’s pretty normal since eating too much food and sitting down all day is what caused me to get to 300 pounds. I did plan my meals pretty careful and monitor my fat/portion intake. One thing I had to do however, even with all the food planning and food preparation was find things to keep my mind occupied when food was ALL I could think of.
I had a particularly difficult time at night. My husband was working two jobs at the time so I was often home alone in the evening. The kids would be in bed and I’d begin thinking about all the desserts I could make like cookies or fudge. I found that I had to learn to keep my mind off of food long enough for the intense cravings to pass – or at least subside.
I discovered that keeping busy helped me. Here’s a picture of me looking at one of our family scrapbooks with the little boys. As you can see from the above pictures, I have more than 12 years of scrapbooks! Scrapbooking was one thing I found to do when the mind-numbing food monster kept sneaking up on me. I started scrapbooking and haven’t stopped. I’m not a fancy scrapbooker, but just get the basics on the page.
In addition to scrapbooking, I learned to knit. Those activities kept my hands and mind occupied and helped me stay strong. When none of those things worked, I either called a friend or simply went to bed. Over the years the food thoughts have subsided, although with seven kids I still spend a lot of time in the kitchen!
What have you found to keep your mind off food? Diane