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Speak Up: How Often Do You Think About Food?

It's simple: We need food to live. It gives us the energy our body needs to run properly, down to organ functionality and bone health. We're lucky to be able to choose the food we consume most of the time, yet the convenience of unhealthy foods and stress-related emotional overeating have made it easy for many of us to have unhealthy relationships with food.

Because food plays such a big role in our lives, it's on our minds more than we may realize — especially if we're on a diet. Food regularly makes it to the forefront of our thoughts: whenever our stomach grumbles, when we're bored, when we're planning what to make for dinner, or if there's a particular meal we're especially excited for. How often do you think about it?


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I think about food pretty much all the time! Ah ha ha! It's just so damn delicious! I certainly LIVE TO EAT not EAT TO LIVE! ha ha!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I think this is so great. I think about food all the time too, whether it's calories, what I'm craving, what I should or shouldn't eat, etc. Sometime I think it's not normal, but then I read all these posts and realize other people are like this too. It's nice to know.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
I think about it all the time. I wish there was a way stop thinking about it. I must say though that if I don't eat fairly regularly I get really shaky then eat almost everything I can get my hands on to get my blood sugar up.
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 8 years
food journal*
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 8 years
I love food, I plan every single piece that goes into my mouth, I count calories and foof journal like crazy and I usually have my next 5-6 meals planned out ahead of time. I'm big on structure and I think that's why I do this, I'm also getting married in less than 6 months and that's why I food journal and count calories but it can be a hassle when going out with friends because it takes me forever to order a meal!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
All the time! Sometimes I feel like I have a somewhat unhealthy relationship with food...
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
100 time a day LOOOL
julea julea 8 years
I think about it almost constantly-- unless i'm distracted by something else I have to do. I think about it so much because I used to be anorexic, so now I am a little obsessed. It has gotten a little better, but it REALLY SUCKS being chubby and an ex-anorexic, so that makes it worse too. Now, I am a binger. What I wouldn't give to NOT have an eating disorder. All of you who have a normal relationship with food-- you have no idea how good you have it.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Somewhat frequently sometimes. But it's mostly thinking about what I might have for dinner depending on what we have in the house especially just in case we don't have something I thought we did.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
Unfortunately, having had a problem with an eating disorder, I think about food in the opposite way: stressing about what I've eaten or what I'm going to have to eat. Right now my comfort zone woudl be eating a lot less. Be thankful if you have healthy eating habits!
Sarah10563 Sarah10563 8 years
all day!!! it seems like while I'm eating I'm planning on my next meal, sometimes its annoying, but I am a avid list maker and structure helps me get through the day so I think that helps me with a busy week.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
all day hahaha i love food
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
Usually only around 11 oclock I start thinking about lunch then dinner time and usually later at night I'm bored and want a snack! Not too bad, when I was in my more frequent eating days, I pretty much thought about food all day. Not fun.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
I don't think I think about it THAT much. There have been many times/periods of time I've thought about it a lot more, primarily when I was deep into an eating disorder. I am working on recovering now, so I'm eating more. But when I was hungry and/or low on energy (very low blood sugar) I would think about it often, but do anything to distract myself. Mostly the question was "to eat or not to eat" instead of what I'm going to eat that day. I think I am mostly past that now. I usually focus more on what I think my body is craving more than what my mind is. And I am sure everyone at certain times has eaten when they are bored or sad. For me, its more about boredom when I want to snack, than emotional problems, because when I am sad or upset I'm never hungry.
DearSugar DearSugar 8 years
well, to be honest, i think about food all day long — i even dream about it!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
It really feels like it's all day. It starts as soon as I sit down at my desk, I think about what's for lunch. Then I think about, what snacks I'll be having after lunch, because I know I'll be hungry. Then I think about what I'm having for dinner. Of course, if I have a bunch of crap to do at work, I think of food less, so I've been trying to keep busier (maybe with actual work, ha!)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i find that on the days that i go home and i know that my fiance isn't going to be there - i think about food a LOT more. i typically don't think about it TOO much
Cebca Cebca 8 years
I love eating, I'm watching my weight, I food journal, and cooking and baking are my main hobbies, so I basically think about food ALL THE FRICKIN TIME!! Dammit. Not sure what to do about that.
aangelaa aangelaa 8 years
i think about food alll day long!!! its so depressing :(
myystque myystque 8 years
I have the same problem as SillyGirl--I think about foot way too often. Sometimes it seems like I look forward to eating more than other activities, which is sad.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Probably a little above average, but not in a good way. Eating for me can get to be a hassle, because I have to plan EXACTLY what I'm going to eat and WHY I should eat it. Usually I'll spend a lot of time trying to balance calories in my head ...if I eat a salad for lunch, then I might be able to have some yogurt; but if I eat a sandwich with a veggie burger, I'll need to eat some fruit instead. Fortunately, after the meal is over, I usually have enough to do that I don't have time to think about food!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Regularly. I plan and prepare all our meals. I am deliberate about preparing healthy, well-rounded, nutritious meals, and that takes some planning. Also, I make sure we're well-stocked with healthy foods and ingredients, and again, that takes planning and effort. That stuff doesn't happen by itself. It's all about deliberation. :)
missyd missyd 8 years
I'm on a new medication that has totally annihilated my appetite. When I get hungry, I'm pretty hungry, but I just don't have the desire as much. Food 2x a day is fine with me
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