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My Brain and Food

My Brain and Food

Ever wondered how often you spent thinking about food? There are 24 hours in a day; I spend 140 minutes (2 hours 20 minutes) on breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, then another 50 minutes preparing my meals. That means I spend a total of 3 hours 10 minutes. Other activities such as waking, working out, working, sleeping has the remaining 21 hours 50 minutes.

When I was overweight, I thought about food like 12 hours in a day. From what to eat for breakfast, what and where to eat lunch, snack, dinner to the very late-night snacking. I did probably think about food even while studying and working. The funny thing is, before I’m done eating breakfast, my brain is thinking of lunch, etc. Food was everything you can think of comfort, pleasure, reward, etc.

I knew my relationship with food was unhealthy, but I couldn’t help myself. It’s difficult changing my diet, each time I promise to eat better. I end up messing it all up. Mentally, the guilty feeling of overeating starts, ends, starts, ends. The cycle is continuous. The big question is- after losing 76kg has this changed? Have I been cured of constantly thinking of food? The answer is NO; I still think about food more times than I did in the past but in different ways. I now recognize what I eat (I just don’t eat because am bored or for pleasure, reward comfort, etc.). I only eat what and how much I need. Instead of only thinking about eating food, I develop fun recipes for friends and family.
In the end, I have learnt that food is just fuel. Food isn’t sex, love, entertainment or pleasure. It’s just fuel.
How is your relationship with food? Does your relationship with food affect your present health?


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