Monday, July 28, 2008

It's JUST food!

Seriously, it's JUST food. Why do we give it so much power?
Food is fuel. What is fuel? A source of energy.

When you put fuel in your car, it provides the energy to ultimately make the car run. The car doesn't feel happy. It doesn't feel sad. It doesn't feel anything. The motor just ignites the fuel to use the energy to ultimately propel the car. If you try to put too much gas in the tank, it will spill over but it won't feel guilty. If you flood the engine you wont get the engine to turn over right away but the car doesn't completely give up.

Food is your fuel. Food is not your friend. It is not your enemy. It is not capable of keeping you company. It is not capable of making you feel guilty. It is not your therapist. It is not capable of anything but providing energy.

If you are contemplating eating something, anything, whether its an apple or a Krispy Kreme donut, ask yourself what you're hoping to get out of consuming it. If you're hoping it will quench feelings you don't want to deal with, put it down. If you're hoping it will cure your boredom, put it down. It's just food. I will never do those things for you.

Remove the emotion from food. By all means find tasty fuel, but keep it what it is: fuel.


  1. well said. i'm going with japanese fuel today. sushi!

  2. You will make a wonderful Weight Watchers Leader one day, you are so inspiring!!!

  3. Changing how I view food (and how I deal with stress!) has been a major part of my success this time. But you say it so much better than me!

  4. I still need to wrap my head around the fact that food is just fuel ... I think once I do that the weightloss part of my life will be much easier!!

    I think I'm going to copy down this post and go back to it when I need a reminder of what food is! Thanks!