Food is not a "Four Letter Word"

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-07-27 22:49:37 -0500
Started 2008-10-25 00:42:45 -0500

I heard this quote yesterday and it really struck me. We treat food like our enemy so often, when we miss the opportunity to use it as a friend.

When we focus so much on what we can't have, a whole world of wonderful foods parade right by us unnoticed. There are so many things that work for us instead of against us. It is a very useful tool that we have, and if we use it well, it is a great tasting tool as well.

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ReaderReader12 2014-07-27 22:49:37 -0500 Report

Thank you for this post and how right you are. I know in the past I have very much thought of food as my enemy. I am slowly making changes and it is so much better now. Have I learned all that I need to know? Not at all, but I am making changes I never thought I could. For one I am able to stop eating now before I am totally full. I stop when I could very well keep eating, never ever thought I would be able to do it. I am trying new and wonder foods. For what ever reason I think it was time for me to wake up and take back control and make friends with my food. I feel like this time I might just make some lasting changes to my life where before the bad food always won out. The chips and peanut butter M & Ms and fast food joints.

Patty0057 2012-08-19 06:34:14 -0500 Report

I love your perspective & have chosen to look at things this way. Otherwise I would just be filled with negative thoughts all the time. It takes time to research the alternatives but is well worth the effort.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-08-14 13:29:39 -0500 Report

You are correct. FOOD only contains 3 letters.

GabbyPA 2012-08-16 10:43:32 -0500 Report

I just mean your mom doesn't have to wash your mouth out with soap for using it. LOL Fod...hmmm, maybe ood or better Foo. I like foo.

Jccandals 2012-08-19 03:00:05 -0500 Report

Im glad someone likes "food", Food and I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate, but mostly I want to be able to not have to need it, because it stresses me out.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 15:58:53 -0600 Report

No, but D-I-E-T is (LOL). One of the things we have to overcome is thinking of ourselves being on a "diet". In actuality we are just eating healthier. Living with diabetes means lifestyle changes, of course, but it's best to try to avoid the word "diet". Eating smarter and eating appropriate amounts are the keys to keeping numbers controlled. There are just too many good things for us to enjoy to consider food our enemy - or a "4-letter word".

GabbyPA 2008-12-08 16:07:07 -0600 Report

I have always heard it said that when you look at the word diet the frist part of it is just as you said, we shouldn't diet. It is all really a great mindset. In another discussion today, I think it was you who said that there are so many worse things we could have to be dealing with. Eating healthier is not really a hard thing, just a mind set.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 16:12:30 -0600 Report

So true. Takes a little struggling in the begining…a little getting used to. But it should become a little easier as time goes on, and hopefully it just becomes a natural way of eating. Remember - "walk" is not a 4-letter word either. You gotta move in addition to eating healthy.

2008-12-08 16:16:20 -0600 Report

Perfect time to bring this forward with all the holiday foods and goodies people tend to deliver and offer during the holidays. Saying "no thankyou" is hard enough, but saying "no thankyou" over and over is even harder, You have to have a real mind set. Good Job, Gabby; keep the info coming, Always Claudia

vgarrison 2008-12-02 15:06:26 -0600 Report

I have always considered food as my enemy…I have always been overweight and now this whole diabetes thing…but I have learned thru this "ordeal"..that I love to cook…it's fun for me to cut up the vegetables…before they always came out of a can..hehe…I love to make everything I can homeaide especially when I have the time…

Thanks Gabby for posting this…made me also realize that I was still kinda viewing it as an enemy, but it's not…its a survival guide that we need…we just have to regulate what we eat.


GabbyPA 2008-12-02 13:36:51 -0600 Report

I thought this might be a good reminder during the holidays. We get so focused on food, we loose sight of what the real fun of the season is....eachother.

2008-10-25 14:21:46 -0500 Report

I never say 'I can't have' something. I eat a very healthy diet most of the time so if I'm craving something, I have a little to kill the craving. ' a little ' is the key word there. Planning treats into our daily meal plans is the best way to stay sane with this. I agree, there are so many wonderful foods out there. I've heard it said many times. Eat a 'colorful' plate at each meal. That way you are getting the right vitamins and minerals as the 'colorful' part comes from fruits and vegetables!! The farmers market is my favorite place to be as I've said many times before. It's coming to an end for the year here in Wisconsin so I'll be back to frozen for the most part but there is a lot that you can do with frozen fruit and vegies too. Just have to make sure the ingredients are just vegies and no additional unneeded stuff. Ahhh the joys of winter!

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