The Truth About Live to Eat or Eat to Live

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Live to eat or eat to live to make an effort to have a relationship with food by starting a balance of nutrition, routines, experimenting with different foods

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Today’s topic is – What I eat on an average day.

The Truth About Live to Eat or Eat to Live

I would be a liar if I said I was an eat-to-live person. I have not had a healthy relationship with food for most of my life. I am an emotional eater, I LOVE food, and cooking is a hobby. 

I am just really thinking about these things as of the first of this year and as I examine where I am and where I want to be. Since starting this blog, I have had a new look at life. I see other bloggers I admire and know I can reach those heights with hard work and dedication. 

That work is flowing into my personal life, also! I am sure some of my readers saw my crazy list of life-changing goals! I still plan them all! NOT at the same time! The post is Focus On My Personal Goals For 2023, in case you missed it! 

That post has a long list that ranges from business goals, family time, and everything in between! I followed it up with a series that was written primarily for myself! It was a four-week series on self-discipline, which I will need a lot of to complete those goals. 

I have rambled enough! This week’s topic is “What I eat on an average day.” I used to eat the same thing all the time, which was usually bad for me! 

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This is my NEW menu:

Breakfast is one of the following:

  • Old-fashioned oatmeal with fruit (usually fresh strawberries or blueberries) 
  • Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie
  • Eggs and toast 

Lunch is around noon every day. I choose between:

  • Salad
  • Tuna sandwich on a wrap
  • grilled cheese on wheat 

I eat an afternoon snack, and I pick one:

  • Banana 
  • Red and green grapes mixed 
  • Colby jack cheese and wheat crackers
  • Strawberry and blueberries mixed 

Dinner is an adventure! These are some of the recipes that we have tried recently. 

  • Asparagus and mushroom tacos
  • Mushroom and Broccoli soup 
  • Braised Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with brown rice
  • Easy Mushroom Risotto and salad
  • Stuffed Shells With Spinach, salad, and salmon bites 

I NEVER drank water, ever! I usually drink three bottles daily, which I know is not enough. I am addicted to Mnt Dew (whole sugar) and am trying to escape that slowly. This soda is where most of my weight issues are from, and potion size. 

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A Healthy Relationship with Food

I have therapy once a week for various mental illnesses that I deal with. We have been discussing healthy eating also! It helps to talk about my feelings revolving around food. 

I have learned some essential steps toward a healthy relationship with food. The following are some things I have learned in therapy and from my research. 

Creating a healthy relationship with food involves developing a positive attitude towards food and learning to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Here are a few ways to help create a healthy relationship with food:

  • Ditch the diet mentality: Instead of thinking of food as “good” or “bad,” try to focus on the nutritional value and how it makes you feel.
  • Listen to your body: Learn to recognize when you’re starving and full. Eating when you’re not hungry or continuing to eat when you’re full can lead to overeating and a negative relationship with food.
  • Practice mindful eating: Pay attention to your food’s taste, texture, and smell. Take your time and savor each bite. This can help you enjoy your food more and recognize when you’re full.
  • Don’t restrict certain foods: Restricting certain foods can lead to a cycle of bingeing and guilt. Instead, allow yourself to have any food in moderation, and learn to control portion sizes.
  • Be active: Regular physical activity can help you develop a positive relationship with your body. Feeling good about yourself makes you less likely to turn to food for comfort.
  • Embrace variety: Eating various foods can help you enjoy meals and get all the necessary nutrients.
  • Get Support: Sometimes, working with a registered dietitian or therapist can help you develop a healthy relationship with food. They can help you identify any underlying emotional or psychological issues impacting your relationship with food and develop strategies to address them.

Conclusion to The Truth About Live to Eat or Eat to Live

I have been focusing on my personal goals for 2023, which includes improving my mental and physical health. My weekly therapy sessions have helped me to understand the importance of developing a positive attitude towards food and learning to listen to my body’s hunger and fullness cues.

I have shared my daily food intake and some recipes I have been experimenting with to inspire others to improve their relationship with food. 

Remember, creating a healthy relationship with food is a process that may take some time. Be patient with yourself, celebrate the small successes along the way, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed.


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17 responses to “The Truth About Live to Eat or Eat to Live”

  1. Tracey Weiss Avatar
    Tracey Weiss

    Great article about having a good relationship with food. I have to restrict certain foods because of health reasons but I still tend to overeat at times. I learned a little “stop gap” method that helps. If I have just finished eating and I’m full but still feel like I need something sweet, instead of doing that I grab a cup of tea or coffee and relax with that for a few minutes to let my tummy settle and register the fact that it’s full. It’s been helpful. Thank you for sharing your experience and all the best in reaching your nutrition goals!

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi Ms. Tracey! What a great idea (and I love tea)!!! I have been trying to drink water before my meal also, it does help me feel full so I don’t overeat. It is helping!

  2. Michael Mock Avatar

    That’s some really good advice. I’ve been working to get myself into some healthier habits, and it isn’t easy. I’ve found I have much better luck when I focus on what positive things I’m trying to get to, instead of what pleasant-but-unhealthy things I’m not allowing myself to do.

  3. MacKade Avatar

    I love how you’re facing the issue, and keep working on it.
    Food doesn’t have to be an enemy in disguise.

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi!! Thank you!!! I am loving trying new recipes! I am trying to have a positive mindset! It is working so far!

  4. Judy Thomas Avatar

    Others have mentioned mindful eating. I tend to eat because it’s time to eat. I love the ideas of how you eat, though. I might have to grab some of those dinner recipes!

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi Judy!!! I LOVE sharing recipes! I will be happy to send them to you! Here is my email, Let me know which ones you are interested in! Thank you for your kind comments always!

  5. Aymee Avatar

    Let me just say that I love oatmeal. That usually earns me a weird look, but whatever. 😀

    Also, I appreciate that list of yours. I’ve never had a good relationship with food, but I’ve been working on it. Escaping diet culture is tough and it’s so ingrained in us that we don’t often even see it. My boss started some diet back in December and there was a huge list of things he couldn’t have. Sugar, I can kind of understand, but he couldn’t have nuts either. He was so excited over the 15 lbs he lost, but his diet was so restrictive, that I can see him easily gaining it all back once he’s not eating these prepared meals any longer.

    Anyway… I got off track there, hahaha. Great post. 🙂

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    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi Aymee, I am SO with losing the “diet” thoughts. It is very hard! I do love my new plans of not restricting anything but doing portions. I actually just ordered some groceries, and I included no-sugar-added fruit juice popsicles! I am excited to try them, and I bet they will taste awesome! My big problem is pop. As I said, I just placed my order and did not order pop. I hope I don’t freak out and place another order later in the week!

  6. Kel @ rewriting kel Avatar

    Thank you for sharing the tips as well as what you eat daily. I agree I wish I could say I was a live to eat person but I like food too much (sometimes too much) and am a love to eat person.

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi Kel! I LOVE food too! I am trying to think of my new plan as I am just trying new recipes, which I love to do! My family loves to cook together. We all have been texting recipes to each other of healthy things that we can try. It helps that I am not doing this alone!

  7. George L Thomas Avatar

    It’s hard to rebuild a healthy relationship with food once you’ve lost it (if you ever had one), but it’s great that you’re trying. It’s also good that you’re trying to drink more water, something I need to keep reminding myself to do.

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi George!!! I never had a healthy relationship with food. I am definitely an emotional eater. When I was young, I wanted to be super skinny and did not eat properly then. When I aged up, I gained weight and then thought, “I already gained it. I might as well eat what I want,” I think I am ready to find some balance!

  8. Patrick Prescott Avatar

    Well thought out and sound reasoning.

  9. Lydia Avatar

    Those are excellent guidelines for developing a healthier relationship with food!

    1. Danielle Maxwell Avatar

      Hi Ms. Lydia! I am sure trying! I have been trying to change my mind from “ugh, gotta do dinner, I can’t have this or that” to “Can’t wait to try something new and yummy tonight!”

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