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Day 38 - Food as power

I don't have experience with power lunches. I imagine that a dieter being careful about what he/she eats would look wimpy along side someone who assertively eats a full meal with all the fixings.
For me power situations maybe would be when I would eat food accepted to be regular fare for the others I am with, food that I wouldn't have to justify why I am eating the way I am because everyone doesn't think it is different or unusual. Wow, that sounds so lame, I should eat in the middle of the bell curve to feel powerful. on the other hand, the opposite seems unpowerful, eating small amounts and not all the food offered and attracting attention and having to defend how I am eating and why. Mostly, we think others are watching what we eat because we are feeling defensive. Most of the time, others don't notice what we are eating.

how you can actually feel powerful without using food to meet this need?

Feeling powerful, is that the same as feeling comfortably confident and competent? Or is it when you can do something that others can't and that is difficult to do and admiration worthy?
Maybe feeling powerful is not a goal to strive for. What would be a goal to strive for? Feeling comfortable in our skin and not needing to compare ourselves to others to feel good or superior.
Feeling lack of power would be when we feel ineffective or incompetent or the object of scorn or disrespect. Making gaffes. I think the object of trying to identify when we feel powerful or powerless is that both situations are conducive to emotional eating, so we want to identify them and not eat in response to them. Feeling powerful? Eat to celebrate. Feeling powerless? Eat for comfort or to soothe your angst.

I feel like I am rambling. Things that make me feel powerful - a good productive day's work, solving a problem, helping someone else or giving them insight to solve a problem they have, doing something that is genuinely appreciated by someone or a group of people. Setting and achieving goals. Feeling good about my choices and how they play out. Feeling close to and having a sense of good team work with my DH. Feeling my opinion or input is respected by intelligent people. Feeling an effort I have made was worthwhile and honourable.




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Day 38, 100 days Food as power

Sometimes I still give Food the Power, like yesterday when I made poor food choices!

However today I am making good choices the Power is back on my side!!! I have also completed the other tasks I intended for today and am really pleased to be in the Power. emoticon

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I feel as though I give myself power. I am in control, but I have to 'TAKE' that control too.

So hard when food has 'controlled' so much of my life.

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Day 38 - Food as Power -

Feel I have power - when I walk 20 minutes in the morning. Can't think of anything else.

Feel I don't have power - Some family problems in the past made me feel I didn't have power. Those are behind us.

Feeling powerful without using food - Writing a new "to do" list for the week. Going on a 20 minute brisk walk.

I did my walk a few minute ago.

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Day #38 Food as power
For the most part I feel powerful when I buy, cook and enjoy food if life is going well.
When there aren't any medical issues, financial issues or family issues going on and I can stick to my exercise and food plan, I feel very powerful.

However life doesn't always stay that way so to stick to the plan when I'm sick or hurting is most important because it is easy to slip back to old habits

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Day 38 Food had power over me before I learned more about nutrition.
Then I gave-up processed and packaged food and learned to cook.
emoticon Love of eating + healthy cooking = Power over food
u.nu/k8sp "Imbalance of “hunger hormones” can make weight loss harder. That is because hunger can often defeat your willpower and tempt you to give up on your efforts to lose weight."

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Day 38, 100 days Food as power

Sometimes I give Food the Power especially when I make poor food choices! emoticon

However when I make good choices the Power is back on my side!!! emoticon

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What a very good point - yes, having extreme control over our food could also be seen as using food as power - you're right.

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It struck me when reading this lesson about how we sometimes link food with power in our lives -- that it could actually work both ways - overeating, AND under-eating. And when I say "under-eating" as it pertains to me is eating fewer calories than are needed to maintain my current weight in order to lose weight. I've had occasions when I felt powerful about resisting my own temptation -- or someone's attempt to sabotage my plan.

The physical thing that makes me feel powerful has got to be my regular exercise -- It always makes me feel as if I've surmounted all my flimsy excuses and persevered.

I can see maybe a few times feeling powerful about overeating when I was a teenager and I got hints from my mom about not eating that bread or whatever treat I was going for. It gave me a bit of power to defy her and eat it anyway. It didn't really make me feel totally good about myself -- but there was a little perverse feeling of power in the act.

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I've accepted that sometimes I need some added support, but have found a way to make that healthier. For example, if there is a team meeting, I'll make sure I allow myself a raw date & nut bar as part of my lunch, or if I have to do a sleep-in shift, I take hot chocolate to have late evening.

I can certainly remember times in the past when I'd eat extra food because I was afraid of feeling hungry later - I no longer need to do that. I also remember always having snacks with me in case I felt tired, weak, headachy. I no longer need to do that.

I no longer rely on food to give me emotional strength on a regular basis. I'm so grateful for these lessons - I am more at peace with food these days.

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100 Days Challenge, Day 38 Food as Power

Today’s assignment

1. Think about situations or places in life where you feel like you do have power as well as ones where you don’t. Make a list of each of these.

I feel like I have power after I clean my house, after I am able to do a good exercise workout and when I can help my Hubby with his projects.
I do not feel powerful when I'm too fatigued to do anything.

2. Write down several ideas for how you can actually feel powerful without using food to meet this need.

I don't use food to feel powerful. I only use food as planned for fuel. I am focused and committed to reaching my goal.

3. Do something today that makes you feel strong and powerful as a person. Describe it below.

I did my second set of Pilates 100's. I cleaned my bathroom and was only slightly out of breath. Progress.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

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I am still working on lessons I fell behind on. So I had to re-read this one because I found that I didn't understand it the first time. Or maybe I never considered the Power that food can give me!

My notations in my Magic Book talk about filling an emotional hole - anxious, stressed, accomplishment, lack of security or confidence, feeling uneasy, low self-esteem - are the things that came to my mind.

What stuck out with this re-read: Eating can become linked to your need to feel stronger or have more power in life.

I guess those words/phrases I mentioned above fill this bill.

Meals away from home are stressful for me.
Buffets are stressful for me.
Parties with lots of yummy unhealthy food options are stressful for me.
Social events can be stressful for me if there is hand-to-mouth kinds of foods sitting around like the never ending basket of tortilla chips at many Mexican restaurants.
My Garden Club luncheon is stressful for me.

Sometimes I eat AFTER the stress is over! What the heck! ! !


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Once again this lesson confuses me ... food has power over me ... sometimes.

I don't feel powerful coz I ate.

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This lesson was definitely one I read at first and thought ....WHAT? that doesn't apply to me at all. But in reading the posts, yes, I can see that OK...maybe so. emoticon everyone!

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Past post:

"Where I now have power that I never had before is with my time now that I am retired. I have the power to spend my time well with family, friends, cooking healthy meals.. Every time I do something positive like ST or yoga and increase my fitness I feel powerful. When I organize or plan a project and complete it no matter how small, I feel powerful. Lists make me feel powerful especially when I can check things off and always when I take the time to help or pray for others.

I don't feel powerful over the choices and health of loved ones. I don't feel powerful when I make poor choices with my time, my health or fitness.

I did see a connection in my past where I was using food for power. I was using food to cope with my lack of control over my time or when I had to confront someone.
I found myself reaching for food when not at all hungry before making an unpleasant phone call. It was not a strong connection and now that I am aware this one is not much of a problem any more."

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I can see even more clearly how I was allowing the false language in my head tell me that food was my friend, my entertainment... and more... I needed to recognize how I was using food to replace my addressing and working to take care of these issues. Awareness of this is power! emoticon emoticon Practice makes progress.




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"Usually the person who dominates the conversation is not the one on a diet.". I really don't quite understand this statement. I've known dominating people who are skinny, fat, and in between, those who are on a diet and those who aren't.
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That first paragraph still confounds me. But, the point is good, of looking “carefully at what food and eating does for you.”

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My take on this lesson is that I have given food power over me for years. By that I mean - eat to celebrate, eat because I enjoy it and want it (even though I'm not hungry), eat because I'm upset, eat because I'm angry, eat because I'm sad, eat because I'm stressed . . .

I have taken that power away that type of food power. I am (for the most part and working hard at this) to be in power and remain in power. I plan. I prepare. I make choices. I'm developing new tastes/cravings - I want the healthy food. Progress and I'm so happy and proud of it.

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This lesson didn’t resonate with me at all. I don’t believe I feel powerful at all when I eat, When I make good choices by eating healthy food in moderation, eating slowly and consciously, I feel really good about myself. Not sure if that is what you would call power though.. When I eat too much at a meal or choose high fat/junk food, I often feel badly afterwards, not powerful!

I will read the other responses in this whole thread to see if I get any other insights. This is the first time I am reading this lesson and the remainder of the book!

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Food as power.........Did you ever feel if something didn’t go right..you think......well at least I can eat this cookie and I’ll feel better? It did make me feel better for a moment, but I don’t think of eating food as feeling powerful. Yesterday I was powerful over my lunch......a friend invited me she had a huge salad, croissant with chicken salad and cookies. I ate the salad very slowly while she ate the rest. We finished at the same time, so it was easy to say no to the rest. I was proud of my decision, I usually eat everything! This team is really helping me!

One day at a time!


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Day #38 Food as power
For the most part I feel powerful when I buy, cook and enjoy food if life is going well.
When there aren't any medical issues, financial issues or family issues going on and I can stick to my exercise and food plan, I feel very powerful.

However life doesn't always stay that way so to stick to the plan when I'm sick or hurting is most important because it is easy to slip back to old habits

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Food as Power:

Yesterday I mentioned that I desire the freedom to eat whatever I want when I want. Well honestly I have that freedom (power). But if I eat what I want when I want, and the foods are high sugar, fat, salt, then my body gains weight.

Just because my body needs healthier foods does not mean I am powerless. Food, while I want it to taste good, does not need to be full of things I can not pronounce or sugar and carbs. What I eat should make my body feel more powerful, and in turn make my mind feel more powerful.

Welcome stress... my old friend. You do not need food.
Welcome anxiety... my old friend. You do not need food.


I can eat it, but food does not = power. food = energy, nutrients, or added weight

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Day 38 Food as power - Food makes you feel stronger.

Look at what food and eating does for you. At times you don’t even notice the taste of food. Eating gives you a feeling of power in your life and you justify overeating by saying “I love to eat.”

You let food fill the emotional holes in your life so you don't have to face them. If you're feeling uneasy or you want to boost your self-esteem, food will usually provide an easy solution. Recognize times when you're tempted to eat to feel strong. Tackle the real issue and try to figure out how to become stronger emotionally -- without reaching for food.

Usually the person who dominates a conversation is not the one on a diet and food relates to a perception of power. Eating can be linked to your need to have more power in life.

After you finish off a large plate of spaghetti, something inside you might think, "See, I can do something in my life." It's almost as though food is the enemy and you just beat it!

Think about situations or places in life where you feel like you do have power as well as ones where you don’t.

Maybe you have the habit of reaching for food when you feel insecure. Many people admit that during times when they feel stressed or anxious, they eat to feel strong. If you feel powerless in other areas of your life, food can provide a way to overcome feelings of insecurity.
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Having lots of food in my house makes me feel powerful because I have ALL the food I want and need. When I was younger there were a few times I was home alone and there was NO food in the house or there were foods I did not like.

How you can actually feel powerful without using food to meet this need.

At times I feel socially awkward, eating gives me something to focus on and I am less aware of others around me and I can forget how I feel.

I can put more focus on my grooming to feel more confident.
I can find interesting/fun to talk about.
I can stay closer to my hubby or someone else I know.
I can take on new interests and participate in things I am excited about.

Situations or places in life where you feel that you do have power.

I have power when I am taking care of the kids. I can provide all they need and enjoy being with them.

I will have to think about ways to feel stronger.
What comes to mind are physical things like hiking/walking or going to the gym.
It could be sticking to a daily schedule and accomplishing all of it.
I will BUJO to recognize events, milestones, goals, plans in my life.
I will continue with 100 DWL.

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Day 38 -Food as Power

I used to consider that Food was in control but right now I know it doesn't have the Power, I can stay strong which I am right now and can make good choices to keep following my eating plan and try to stay healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hmmm ... this lesson always confuses me.

Food does have power ... power of health or illness.

And it has power ... if I enter into a binge with it.

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Yes, Susan, 'smithereens' is a word - and a good one!



Wanda, I'm getting more interested in 'anti-inflammatory eating and will be interested to hear about your research. I've got Dr Greger's new recipe book 'How Not to Die Cookbook' on my wish-list. He advocates a completely plant-based diet, but he presents scientific information in such an accessible way - I love him!

He has hundreds of these short videos on a whole range of subjects. This is one about 'immune-ageing'
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj_MaHa2NDY

You are so right, Phyllis - when we are sick or hurting, or stressed, as Babs says, our defences are weakened, and we can easily revert to old behaviour patterns. That's why Linda Spangle's system encourages us to come up with new plans, new ways of responding.

This is such a great topic I think. "Learn to recognize times when you're tempted to eat to feel strong," I did this today (I posted about it on the chat thread actually) I just felt like I wanted to eat at work because I was tired/bored/irritated....... I wasn't really hungry. I didn't give in to it. But I did look in the cupboards and fridge a few times!!!!



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It isn't at all uncommon to feel like some of the lessons just don't speak to you and that is okay. Having been through the book several times, some of the lessons that seemed totally irrelevant the first time do now seem to apply to me.

For instance as i get older I realize that food has the power to make me healthier or less healthy and I must have the power to decide which way I'm going to go. Conquering my emotional responses to food has allowed me to use food in a good way.

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I just don't quite get this journal entry prompt for today. I have never seen food as making me feel powerful. It does not give me confidence. When she talks about a feeling a sense of accomplishment by conquering a large meal, or eating to feel strong that is a foreign idea for me.
I feel powerful when I have control over food. Not when it has control of me. Yes, I have been guilty of emotional eating. But I feel weak when I do that. When I am trying to fill a hole, and I fill it with food...that is weakness to me.
I am feeling more confident and strong since I have started back to watching what I eat and seeing the scale go down. I feel confidence as I start taking better care of myself.
It is not the Power of Food. It is the Power OVER food.
I have a good example from yesterday. We went to Firehouse Subs last night. I got the Hook and Ladder salad. I was still going to be about 300 calories below my maximum allowed if I ate the whole thing. I was only able to eat a third of it before I felt full. "The pause". I had the rest put in a to-go box for lunch today. - Power over food. Then, I had to pick up Krispy Kreme donuts for a class awards party. I had calories to spare, so I ate one glazed donut (190 calories). After two or three bites, I kept thinking how it was too sweet, but I ate the whole thing. Food having power over me. I felt weak that I just didn't stop after two bites - when I was not enjoying the sweetness. But, in all, it was a successful day. I stayed within my calorie range and I was down another 2/10th of a pound this morning. I felt good.
Today, I know they will be serving pizza at church. DANGER. I love pizza. I love marinara sauce and pasta more, so I picked up a low calorie steamer meal of chicken marinara with pasta. I will take it and eat it instead of the pizza. I will get the flavor I absolutely LOVE without going over on my calories. Good planning = power.

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Day 38 Food had power over me before I learned more about nutrition. Food is Powerful medicine (Thanks DJ) gives me power over my family's health. My dog included, I learned how to feed him a healthy diet. emoticon emoticon
At times when I feel weak and old habits are calling me, I visit SP teams and feel powerful again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Oct. 2014 post: Feeling strong after aerobics & hot tub to reduce soreness. Using mind to study food science is powerful! I used food to feel strong when things were out of my control. Now, I exercise & go to the library.
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Food has power/control when I give it power. If I could only remember ALL of the time that I am actually in the driver's seat. I have all of the power/control.

When I journal (and I love to journal) I'm more in control than any other time.

When I make a shopping list and come home and clean/cut up fresh veggies to have on hand, I'm in control.

When I let stress or little things in life take 'control' of me, I lose all power.

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Yep, Phyllis! It is so easy for me to fall back into old habits too!
We have walked in the same shoes with this process.

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Day #38 Food as power
For the most part I feel powerful when I buy, cook and enjoy food if life is going well.
When there aren't any medical issues, financial issues or family issues going on and I can stick to my exercise and food plan, I feel very powerful.

However life doesn't always stay that way so to stick to the plan when I'm sick or hurting is most important because it is easy to slip back to old habits.


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Day 38 - Food as Power

In my last post on this lesson, I said that Food does have power; it has the power to make us healthier, stronger, and more confident. That is when we are in control.

When we just eat mindlessly we are not in control and sometimes the power of food has negative effects.

Having faced health issues recently I can see that just eating clean and healthy, losing weight, and "feeling" so much healthier doesn't necessarily mean that I AM healthy in every way and I need to look into an "anti-inflammatory" diet. I'll be continuing No S, no trans fats, moderate carbs, high protein, etc. but I may have to look at some changes in the types of proteins and carbs. Doing some research today.

I'm determined to put the power of food to work for me....not against me.

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In the spirit of the Season....

sometimes food sneaks in like the Grinch to try and steal my power when I am feeling stressed, tired or hurting

other times I have the power and can stomp that ole Grinch to smithereens (is that even a word?)

Food has the power when I give in or give up.

I have the power when I have the right foods available instead of reaching for junk.

Tracking how many days I've kept the power in my favor helps build upon them.

I am a foodaholic and sometimes I think it's because it is easier to hide behind the food than face whatever negativity that is causing the desire to binge.



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"...reaching for food when you feel insecure.". Yes, that was me,

"Usually the person who dominates the conversation is not the one on a diet.". I really don't quite understand this statement. I've known dominating people who are skinny, fat, and in between, those who are on a diet and those who aren't. Just a comment.

When I read this lesson this time, I didn't see it as food having power, but as our eating of food giving us a feeling of power when we eat. I can relate, Chris, with the feelings of being small and helpless. Linda says, "It’s easy to let food fill the emotional holes in your life so you don’t have to face them." I agree. I did that. Sometimes still do.
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Not an easy one to answer ....

There is a Green Day song 'Do you know your enemy?' And I often quietly say 'Yes food' so I guess sometimes I give it Power especially when I make poor food choices! emoticon

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(Please note that I'm using the word "you" here, in a general way and also including myself when I say "you".)

This right here: "It's easy to let food fill the emotional holes in your life so you don't have to face them." If you're feeling powerless, if you're facing situations you cannot control, if you're down or insecure or lonely or stressed... well, you can "eat" all those circumstances and problems and feelings. I can't fix the fact that my mother's got issues... but I can eat a huge chunk of chocolate cake and a pint of ice cream, and maybe even still be looking for some salty junk food to offset all that sweetness. I can sit down with a bag of chips and eat just about all of it. I can conquer this food, even if I can't conquer the problems with my mother. I can forget the problems, while I focus on the food-- even if the only "focusing" I'm doing, is getting it in my mouth without spilling it on my shirt, and thinking about what I can eat next.

"It's almost as though food is the enemy and you just beat it!" It's as though food is a symbol for the real issue, and by eating the food you're expressing power over the issue. Only, of course, you're not. Food then becomes an issue in and of itself, because now you're using it as a means to avoid tackling the real issues/ emotions, and you've got the weight gain to show for it.


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Every time I get to this one, I'm flummoxed! I think it's a deep question.

I recognize that eating too much junk has the power to make feel crappy!



This evening I deliberately chose food that would make me feel good.

Food has the power to affect how I feel.

Resisting food gives me a feeling of power too.

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Food has power - BUT - we give it that power or limit that power.

I gave food power over me for many years. At times I still do. I'm a food addict. I admit it. However, I've been working hard at this and my tastes are changing. Thank goodness! My cravings now seem to run towards more healthy food choices. That's not to say I'll pass up a Snickers (My biggest addiction). But I have learned to limit things. I can't eliminate foods. That never worked for me. They had all the power. Now I hold it - but I limit it.

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Food as Power

Once in a meeting with a counselor I described my feeling using my index finger and thumb. It looked like something getting littler or shrinking. Powerless--I sure think so. I was describing me with another person who was berating me.

I often feel powerless. In a discussion I cannot come up with points to "put down" the other person's statement. Ever. My mind shuts down. Later I think logically and come up with stuff. But at the time I am helpless.

It makes me feel small and weak and like a nobody.

I am not sure how this relates to food, however. chris

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Day #38 Food as power
For the most part I feel in control of the food I choose to buy, how I choose to cook it and how much I eat when life is going well.
When there aren't any medical issues, financial issues or family issues going on and I can stick to my exercise and food plan, I feel very powerful.

However life doesn't always stay that way so to stick to the plan when I'm sick or hurting is when I can really feel strong and powerful.

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Great job on your exercise streak, Wanda! Love your attitude there!

Great experience of the effect of doing your elimination diet, Cat - I felt wonderful when I was eating all raw. I've not been able to get back there - and once I'd lost the great feeling I find it hard to really remember how great it was!

Well done, everyone! We're almost into the next section of the book.

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38/100 - Food is Power!

Yes it is. Food has the power to enhance our health or make us ill. That really is power; it is an innate power that just exists is the things we call food. We can't change that but we can choose our foods wisely and try to be healthy.
Sometimes we GIVE food power that is not embodied in the fact that it is food. We give food the power to make us guilty, the power to make us feel like failures, the power to make us feel "less than". We do not have to do that! Food is just food!

Leslie quoted a line from an earlier post of mine:
"Food may be powerful - but it is MY life, MY health, MY choices and I AM THE BOSS OF ME!! " Food CAN make us more healthy or less healthy but it need not define us. We define it when we shun the unhealthy foods and choose the healthy ones.

Yep! Let's be the ones with the power - Let's try to eat at least 80% healthy!

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My spin on this ... is WOW after being on the elimination protocol for 9ish weeks now, I feel fantastic. I never knew how much of an effect food has on our health ... not just the scale.

After a month of feeling poorly ... I now feel fantastic, clear headed, no tummy issues AND no water retention. I can't believe it.

So food does have power ... and I have power of food.
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Day #38 Food as Power
(At this time in my life I am experiencing this power every day as I use food to fill the space of frustration and loneliness at the moment. I need get back on track!)

I definitely get the idea of feeling the power of food. I feel good when I'm strong and stick to my plans no matter how much I want to cave in to the temptation in front of me.
I also sometimes feel powerless at times, mostly when I'm frustrated or angry.
It's a process of learning a new lifestyle that works for me.
Some day there will be a line I will not cross if I want to stay healthy!


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Day 38: Food as power
With business meals as well as a lot of stressful situations that involve food, eating can become hooked to your need to feel stronger or have more power in life.
Conquering food
You may have discovered that sometimes food helps you feel more important or confident. When you eat a huge amount of food, you may get a feeling of accomplishment or even a sense of "conquering" the meal.
It's almost as though food is the enemy and you just beat it!
In the same way, if you feel powerless in other areas of your life, food can provide a way to overcome feelings of insecurity. This certainly doesn't mean that you can't love eating great food. In fact, by appreciating flavors, you can enjoy the most wonderful food in the world.
But look carefully at what food and eating does for you. Maybe at times, you don't even notice the taste of food at all. Instead, "loving to eat" simply gives you a sense of power in your life.
Food makes you feel strong
Maybe you've gotten into the habit of reaching for food when you feel insecure. Or you eat to pump up your courage before meeting with your boss or doing a challenging presentation. Many people admit that during times when they feel stressed or anxious, they eat to feel strong.
It's easy to let food fill all the emotional holes in your life so you don't have to face them. If you're feeling uneasy or you want to boost your self-esteem, food will usually provide an easy solution.
Learn to recognize times when you're tempted to eat to feel strong. Instead of justifying it by saying "I love to eat," tackle the real issue and try to figure out how to become stronger emotionally-without reaching for food.
Think about situations or places in life where you feel like you do have power as well as ones where you don't. Make a list of each of these.
Think about situations or places in life where you feel like you do have power as well as ones where you don't. Make a list of each of these.
Do something today that makes you feel strong and powerful as a person.
I have power to make good choices with my foods or bad if I choose to. I mostly make good choices.
I have the power to watch my exchanges to a T or to let it not be a perfect day.
I have the power to get my exercise in or not
I have power over my Life in all aspects, personal, financial and family friends and staying on my plan.
I have power when I feel happy.
I have power when I make healthy food choices.
I have power when I love myself.
I have the power when I make my menu and follow it
I have the power when my fridge is stocked with healthy foods
I am powerless when fridge is empty
I am powerless when I don't track my exchanges
I am powerless when I feel anxiety or stress
I am powerless when I eat a unhealthily food I am not enjoying
Food does not give me power but it can I choose not to give it power no more ... it gives me fuel to live a loving, fulfilling and enriched life.
Food does not have power over me.
I feel powerful knowing I will follow my plan today. I feel powerful because I choose to follow a narrow road. I feel powerful because I will do the best I can. I feel powerful because my body is much healthier than it was a few months ago.
"Food may be powerful - but it is MY life, MY health, MY choices and I AM THE BOSS OF ME!! " quoted from wanda- This is so true-
I am back on my plan yesterday went well I followed my plan missed charting some but that's okay as I believe I was under anyways- I want to make this a habit that sticks. I need to be the driver always.

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I have power over food, but when I am weak I give in to my lower brain and eat food for comfort.

I was not perfect yesterday. I had a procedure that had me feeling crummy afterwards. My husband bought some Doritos (and he doesn't usually do that). I had some and some salty soup. Both tasted great. I knew the scale would go up and it did.

Today is the staff breakfast. I plan to have a little. Trying not to focus on the food. It is difficult. I have the power... but what if the power wants some of the food?

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My new job is in a building that is not within walking distance of fast food. I have been packing my lunch and mid-day snack and find that I am eating the same breakfast and lunch.

I have learned that most of the time I have the power over the food. Not ALL the time, and I am still working off the food I ate on vacation, but I am ok with that. We won't have another vacation for many months, probably not until Spring of next year so I know I will be ok.



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Very interesting to read all our different thoughts on this one. I think the words themselves 'power' and 'strength' have different meanings for us all. But, as we know, this a very personal journey, so what it means for us, is the only meaning that matters!

Tomorrow I have to attend a team meeting, on what should be my day off. I have already planned to use food to help me through this - both the resentment of having to work on a day off, and the team meeting itself, where many emotive issues are often raised! I have planned to have crunchy, savoury, toast for breakfast (instead of my usual oatmeal or granola), and for lunch I am packing a wrap stuffed with spicy, hot peppers, creamy cheese, and juicy lettuce - with a raw fruit & nut bar containing dates, nuts and cocoa. These foods are definitely chosen to meet my own, personal, emotional needs for the anticipated day ahead. I think that probably is using food as power, in some sense.

Also, when I re-read this chapter today, I underlined the bit about letting food ..."fill emotional holes in your life so you don't have to face them." Which made me see it a bit differently.

So - yes, I do use food as sticking plaster at times - but to me it's still making a wise choice. Because if I tried to have oatmeal for breakfast, and a plain sandwich & apple for lunch tomorrow - the chances are - I know myself, that I will feel deprived when they are eating the chocolate muffins and cookies, and perhaps then give in to buying something 'naughty' to eat on the way home afterwards.

However, I'm not just eating to feel strong, I am also eating because I need a fuel stop - and choosing to fuel with foods that will also be emotionally satisfying. Hey, maybe I'm choose to use the power wisely?!

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I echo so many of the posts for the day here. I have found that the best way for me to release the tight grip that food can have over me is to branch out and find my power elsewhere. I find power when I face a problem and do my best to resolve it on my own. I used to feel powerless over other people but fortunately in the past six months or so I have become more at ease in facing conflicts with other people and both standing firm but also being respectful of the other person at the same time so it is not about who is better but just about how to resolve the situation to both of our mutual satisfaction. That was an area I was always fearful of and I feel like I am coming into my own on that.

I think there was a time when food was the only area of my life I felt powerful but the more I work on other areas of my life the less I need to exert my will in this area.

However, that does not exclude those 'slippery slopes' that others have mentioned here like an abundance of food in a socially anxious environment and/or the upcoming holidays. I am not sure if it is realistic for me to expect to lose a lot of weight until the end of this year but if I can stick as close to my food plan and not gain I will be equally happy.

Congratulations Leslie on the weight loss!

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I don’t think food has ever made me feel more important or confident. (Perhaps cooking a meal that others appreciated can make me feel important or confident, but not the actual eating of it.) While I have used food as an antidote to stress it was not to feel strong but to sooth. Maybe I should be glad of one less thing to conquer in my relationship with food!



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Day 38, 100 days Food as power

I may have used food as power in the past but as going thru the book a second time I don't give food power anymore.

I have power to make good choices with my foods or bad if I choose to. I mostly make good choices.
I have the power to watch my exchanges to a T or to let it not be a perfect day.
I have the power to get my exercise in or not
I have power over my Life in all aspects, personal, financial and family friends and staying on my plan.

Since June I had only 1 gain. a .02 gain. so I believe my choices have been mostly good.
I lost 1.8 at my TOPS meeting.

Food does NOT have power over me.

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Day #38 Food as Power
I definitely get the idea of feeling the power of food. I feel good when I'm strong and stick to my plans no matter how much I want to cave in to the temptation in front of me.
I also sometimes feel powerless at times, mostly when I'm frustrated or angry.
It's a process of learning a new lifestyle that works for me.
Some day there will be a line I will not cross if I want to stay healthy!

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Reading my post from last time helped pep me up a little...

Day 38: The power of food (love)

I have power when I love myself.
I have power in my marriage.
I have power as I maintain my family’s finances, and home.
I have power when I feel happy.
I have power when I make healthy food choices.
I have power when I use the rowing machine.
I have power when I am teaching.
I feel powerful when I post on this SparkTeam.
I feel powerful when the scale goes down, or my body looks leaner. (I choose to feel the power even if the scale goes up)


I do not have power when situations are not under my control.
I do not have power when my child makes a mistake, gets hurt, or is sad.
I do not have power when I worry about what others think of me.
I do not have power when I eat more than 2 bites of an unhealthy food, and I am not really enjoying it. But I will get that power back!
I do not have power when I feel anxiety or stress. But I will get that power and relax!
(Sometimes) I do not have power when junk food is in front of me and no one is home.

The scale has gone up a bit. Up 3lbs since last Wednesday. Poor fuel choices this weekend and I had a red day yesterday. It was School Support Staff Recognition day at work and they had treats. I had a little. Less than I would have in the past, but more than 2 bites. It was good. But the guilt is there draining my power.

I feel powerful knowing I will follow my plan today. I feel powerful because I choose to follow a narrow road. I feel powerful because I will do the best I can. I feel powerful because my body is much healthier than it was a few months ago.


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This time through, 3 months later, I have two responses to this lesson. The first indeed belies my response last time. I have indeed eaten something (and sometimes still do) "because I can." What am I, six years old?! Maybe my question to myself at those times should be "Who says you can't?" Yes, I think I will start a journal page titled "I feel powerless when...".

The second response is a feeling of respect for the positive power of nutritious food. Please see DJ's entry four down for introducing this idea. Basic, unsalted (I can add salt or spices as necessary), unchemicalized - that is, the fewer ingredients on the label the better. I acquaint myself with the Whole 30 foods and with the Weight Watchers Simply Filling foods and base my menus on the Spark menu plan. Good food can make me feel good and support my health, and bad food can make me feel sluggish and undermine my health. How powerful is that?

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I have the power of making choices. I am in control of the choices I make.
I have the power to let things go that I cannot control.

I have used food in the past as a means of passive aggression, using the power of not "doing what others wanted of me" even if it was detrimental to my well-being.
I am working on recognizing this when it occurs.

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I guess I've pondered this one long enough. Don't want to get too far behind, but I literally hit a blank wall with food AS power. I can relate to thinking that what I ate was the only thing I had power over, I can relate to sometimes needing to have food that I could aggressively chew, but I don't think I have ever looked at food having power itself. As far as eating too much, I always take the blame!

DJ - I love your list of the positive powers of food! Thank you

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I found this day's lesson to be confusing as well.

I never in the past thought of food as power or giving me a sense of strength or power ... I felt just the opposite ... that around food I was, for the most part, completely POWERLESS!

That was then and this is now ... so NOW I feel food as power in these ways:

Food can heal my health conditions (and has healed and is improving many) allowing me to remain free of doctors, medications, hospitals - this is POWERFUL

Food can fuel my body allowing me to pursue life with energy - this is POWERFUL

Food can be nutritious and good fuel but also taste delicious and I can love the taste, texture and experience of eating knowing I'm doing my body 'good' - this is POWERFUL

Food can be my 'friend' with wise food choices (nurturing and caring for me) instead of my 'enemy' (controlling me, destroying my health and body) and this knowledge and understanding of food/relationship with food - this is POWERFUL

Edited by: DJBTOO at: 7/8/2016 (17:50)
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Food as power - this is a weird one. I've said before, it seems too complicated for me to really discern in what ways I use food as power. I feel competent when I create nice meals for myself........ so, in a way, that's like 'power' I suppose. I VERY rarely use food as power to 'show' someone that I'm strong, or that something doesn't bother me, as in 'I don't care.......watch me eat this cake!' Every time I get to this Day in the book, I feel a bit lost!

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I can understand what she says feeling anxious/stressed and eating making me feel stronger - I guess I don't think of it as 'power' or 'strength' - more like 'comfort' and 'calming'......... perhaps she means 'food as power' to be like the strength of it's effect on me? I might go over to the website and re-read what she says about this one - it seems tricky!

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 7/8/2016 (17:15)
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I have power over ME ... that's it, nothing else.

I have power over choosing what I eat.
I have power over drinking 2+ quarts of water daily.
I have power over exercising 5+ days a week.
I have power over choosing what I spend money on.
I have power over what I spend my time on.

Food does not give me power ... it gives me fuel to live a loving, fulfilling and enriched life.
Food does not have power over me.

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Day 38 Food as Power

Again, I scroll down and read back about 10 months so I can see what others are posting since some of these days do indeed stump me. At first, I felt that I didn't relate to this but somewhere else in this book Ms. Spangle says about how we have allowed food to have control over us and that we need to take that power back. I am also reading ahead (library book) so I am not sure if it was in the past or in future days.

I like Fisker's detailed outline of what makes her feel powerful vs. not. I do believe that in the past I did bolster myself up with food. It pretty much did just about everything for me until I started working on specific situations, feelings and then food behaviors. That is kind of how I arrived here.

I like SoCalGal about making retirement 'count'. I feel a certain responsibility to myself to make this time 'matter'. I never thought it would ever come and it has been a really great almost two years. It is like I had been waiting for so long to call my time my own that now that it is I too feel disappointed in myself when I don't use it well. I have lost two parents in 7 years and I am so much more grateful for TIME. Besides, HEALTH, these are the two most precious 'commodities' in my life.

I understand what TOPS meant about feeling strong when you are on plan and not feeling so great when you aren't. I think I feel that all the time. It is a balancing act between knowing that I am taking care of myself either way --it is just that when I eat healthier and exercise I am doing it in a more healthier way. When I turn to food it means there is something else I need to work on 'behind the scenes'.

MTNKitten: I understand how you feel about being the lone person who is trying to get healthy while being around such 'Debbie Downers" (no offense to anyone here named Deb) but I would find different dining companions. Seriously.

I think whatever our source of power food has to find a place that will affirm our decision to be healthy and not to avoid difficulties in life that we experience. Like anything, power has to be learned to be used in the most effective way.

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"Where I now have power that I never had before is with my time now that I am retired. I have the power to spend my time well with family, friends, cooking healthy meals.. Every time I do something positive like ST or yoga and increase my fitness I feel powerful. When I organize or plan a project and complete it no matter how small, I feel powerful. Lists make me feel powerful especially when I can check things off and always when I take the time to help or pray for others.

I don't feel powerful over the choices and health of loved ones. I don't feel powerful when I make poor choices with my time or my health or fitness.

I did see a connection in my past where I was using food for power. I was using food to cope with my lack of control over my time or when I had to confront someone.
I found myself eating when not at all hungry before making an unpleasant phone call. It was not a strong connection and now that I am aware this one is not much of a problem any more."


This was my post from the past. I can see even more clearly how I was allowing the false language in my head tell me that food was my friend, my entertainment... and more... that I needed it to take care of these issues. Knowledge of this is power! emoticon Practice makes progress.


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Day 38: The power of food (love) emoticon emoticon

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I have power when I love myself.
I have power in my marriage.
I have power as I maintain my family’s finances, and home.
I have power when I feel happy.
I have power when I make healthy food choices.
I have power when I use the rowing machine.
I have power when I am teaching.
I feel powerful when I post on this SparkTeam.
I feel powerful when the scale goes down, or my body looks leaner.


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I do not have power when situations are not under my control.
I do not have power when my child makes a mistake, gets hurt, or is sad.
I do not have power when I stress about social situations.
I do not have power when I binge.
I do not have power when I worry about what others think of me.
I do not have power when I eat more than 2 bites of an unhealthy food, and I am not really enjoying it.
I do not have power when I feel anxiety or stress.
(Sometimes) I do not have power when junk food is in front of me and no one is home.

emoticon Today, I weighed even though I knew the scale would go up. It did by 1 lb. I feel powerful knowing I will follow my plan today. I feel powerful because I used the rower this morning. I feel powerful because I will do the best I can. I feel powerful because my body is much healthier than it was a few months ago. emoticon

Food, you will not hold any power over me.
emoticon I WILL drink that glass of water before I decide to eat you (or not).

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Day 38 - Food as Power

I guess I gave food power as when it called my name I answered. I ate I conquered it.

But now If I have my exchanges in I find something to do If not I find something healthy that I can journal. I wont let food call the shots anymore. I am in control and I can and am making healthier choices by following the exchange lifestyle change. soon I wont even think of food as power.

I can and will enjoy the smells the flavors of each bite I take.

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Food as power - I think mostly the food has the power still.
However I will eat less if I have an exercise class afterwards and feel proud I can work out more than ever before and walk fast still.
However I need to remind myself that I can have the power such as for Lent earlier in the year.
Also my not eating after 7pm has been amazing and powerful for me emoticon emoticon

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Day 38 - Food as Power

I don't think I use food as power, per se, but it is an emotional crutch for me. I struggle with resisting junk food mostly on days that are particularly rough.


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Sometimes it does feel like the food available to me is calling the shots! It can be so hard to make a healthy choice when there are so many poor choices. I love that I have grown so much healthier in my time on Spark though. That helps me keep trying to make good choices.

Food may be powerful - but it is MY life, MY health, MY choices and I AM THE BOSS OF ME!!

emoticon (harkening back to my son saying, "You are not the boss of me" - I think he was five.)

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