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100 More DWL- Day 43 Food memories


• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.
• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.
• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.


• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.

Family tradition birthday cake, ice cream, desserts.



• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.

I was looking forward to listing foods that have memories when associated with family of origin eating, not family gatherings and in this setting leading to overeating. I remember that kids usually don't overeat at these gatherings, and I remember the first time an older family member remarked "Dopo aver mangiato come al solito troppo.. which translates " after having eating as usual too much ..." it was the first time I thought that we were eating too much, feasting, not just eating a meal. There are whole associations with memories of certain foods at these gatherings, delicious foods that take time to prepare and are not usually day-to-day fare, eating more because we are feeling the connection, reminiscing, wanting to hold that feeling of closeness.
I can't say there was overeating with my nuclear family, my mom cooked healthy and only made desserts on special occasions. As a teenager, I did some bingeing on my own, ice cream, cakes and cookies, chocolates. Bingeing was an emotional comfort for teen angst. Later I used to overeat when I was the host of family gathering, sampling and eating too much.
One nuclear family tradition is a very rich birthday cake, which for a while we stopped making and substituted healthier carrot cake with whole wheat flour, but lately have gone back to the rich cake, as it is only on birthdays, so cause for a little celebration and something special.

• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.


Emotions associated with bingeing for me are not the same as food from family memories.
I feel like a glutton when I overeat, not like I am eating from habit from family traditions. Yay for a mom that prepared healthy meals and encouraged moderation and frowned on overweightness. My overeating belongs to me.

Returning after reading what others have posted, I realize we didn't have family gatherings routinely because my parents came to Canada from Italy and we didn't have extended family, no close-by grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, so much fewer family gatherings, although my mom's family did have a big gathering about every 5 years and we would go to Italy for those. Now we have more family gatherings as my siblings and I have kids and our kids have the grandparents, uncle, aunts, cousins connection.

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• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.
Peanuts and Crisps

• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.
As I child I remember my dad liked Peanuts and Salted Crisps and that may have made me enjoy them too. I really enjoyed spending time with him and felt part of the family.
I do enjoy them at my friend's house as well as she enjoys peanuts herself and is a fantatic hostess who buys nuts, crisps and nibbles.

I used to have Peanut Butter at my parents house too (sadly spoonfuls from jars when I visited).
• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.
I don't buy Peanut butter any more and my Mum doesn't get it any more thankfully. I can't resist it. I think at her house it was 'Secrecy' - secret eating and possibly 'Power' as no one refused me because no one knew
I know I was fooling myself as the only one showing extra tummy was me and not a 'powerful' positive move really.



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Day 43 - Food Memories

1. List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.





Holiday turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn from garden
Family reunions with all the ladies bringing their favorite foods to share
Sawdust salad, cheese spread, fresh coconut cake
Cookies at Christmas
Homemade vegetable soup in the summer made from our garden vegetables
Black raspberry jelly made at home in the summer
Pizza, lasagna, spaghetti
Ice cream and popsicles from the ice cream truck in summer
Going to movies on Saturday and 5 cent candy bars (Sky Bar, Milk Duds, Dots)
Sunday evening’s grilled cheese and tomato soup
Turkish taffy, salt water taffy at the beach and fairs
Carnivals - cotton candy, candied apples, caramel corn, burgers
Specially decorated home made 3-tier birthday birthday cakes

2. Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.



My Mother, Grandmother, Aunts, and Sister brought the whole family together over the years to celebrate, both inside at dinners and outside at picnics. Their homes had a memorable, wonderful smell as soon as you entered their houses. They cooked and baked and their homes were filled with lovely food scents and lots of unconditional love. I miss going there, since they have all passed on, but I have wonderful memories of them. Something that gives me the warmest feeling in my heart is when my 26-year old Grandson comes to visit me and he tells me he loves the way my house smells...it makes me happy that he is experiencing the same kind of scent memory that I experienced.



Fond memories, especially in winter, sitting in the rocking chair in my Mother’s and Grandmother’s kitchens beside the old wood burning stoves. Feeling warm and cozy as they both cooked and a huge pot of food slowly cooked on the stove and it smelled so good. Because of those memories, I have a rocking chair in my kitchen and feel the connection and love.



3. Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.

Happy, love, contentment, anticipation, and enjoyment. Thinking back over the years, most of my special food memories are associated with family gatherings at special events. Daily meals were simple and did not include dessert except for the weekend when a cakes or pies were baked. Ice cream was a special treat. Soft drinks and chips were only available at special times. No fast food or carryout in my childhood years - all food was home cooked. It’s a wonderful feeling to close your eyes and travel back in time and think of the happy times and things that happened when the family came together.



I loved this lesson and all the wonderful memories it evoked. Although I no longer eat many of the foods listed earlier, the memories from the past give me many warm feelings of love. For me, that’s enough and I don’t need to physically eat the foods.

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Day 43 Food Memories

Grandma's jello concoctions
Grandma's Christmas cookies
Mom's" made from scratch pies" and cakes
Mars bars (Gill's email mentioned them; they were discontinued, they will stay a memory!" emoticon
Pork chops with mashed potatoes and cream gravy
Homemade potato salad, YUM! I make my own now but have to watch my portions.
Puerto Rican red beans and rice (we were based in P.R. 1967-1969)

So many foods bring up good memories from different eras of my life and I think the foods that I'm a bit nostalgic about will always be comfort foods for me.

I do still make and eat my comfort foods but I know that I must watch my proclivity towards "portion distortion".

It would be interesting to note emotions when I journal one of my comfort foods.



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Food memories -

Potato salad, which mom always/always/always made for BBQs
Pumpkin pie - has always been a favorite and I associate it with holidays, celebrations - fun times with family as a child
spaghetti - again, something we had often as a child. There were 4 kids and it filled our bellies.


I think now, as I look at my list, it's definitely 'comfort' that I've searched for and found in food. I at least have memories - even though my parents are gone, an older brother is gone, and a younger sister is gone. They were fun times and wonderful memories.

I need to work on journaling more about my emotions.

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Day 43 Food memories

Today

• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.

Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake. Hershey bars. Mom's loin of pork with saurkraut. Mom's pot roast. My apple pie, peach pie. My version of the family Christmas cookies. (Mom was not a baker.) My Joy of Cooking fudgy brownies. BLTs.

• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.

Usually at family gatherings, which are very seldom if at all now. I try to create food memories for my husband and myself.

• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.

I find this hard, came back to reduce the negativity I was writing. Obviously, I had a rough childhood. But there were happy times too. I tend to connect my food cravings to unmet emotional needs, so it's hard to write this.




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Day 43 Food memories - movies and popcorn
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Now I watch TV and keep active - good swap if hungry - pork rinds

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DAY #43 FOOD MEMORIES - ROUND 2

Just like with many other things, memories seem to fade with time. And again, I eat so differently now than I used to, it is hard to compare. Last round the childhood memories I wrote about:

Milk Toast - when I was sick
Graham Crackers dunked in Coffee - a family tradition
Desert - always in the house

The desert memory is one that is curious and I will never forget! For years and years and years well into my adulthood I could not stand even the smell of chocolate! ! ! I was frequently ill as a child with tonsillitis/adenoiditis and surgery was not done on a whim back then. Also, perhaps I was not considered old enough for surgery. So the treatment was an antibiotic - Sulfa that the pharmacy tried to mask the awful taste of with chocolate flavoring. It came back up just as fast as it went down. What a awful experience! Somehow I got over that repulsion, but given a choice I would pick a desert other than something chocolate.

We always had plenty of food, but I can't say my mother was particularly a good cook. What I remember about meals was - Pressure Cooker, TV Dinners, Microwaved Concoctions - all quick, easy, and awful tasting.

Now days my childhood family memories are of foods I never or rarely have:

Homemade Ravioli at Christmas - which take hours and hours to make
Ambrosia Salad at Thanksgiving - which none of my own family liked
Dressing/Stuffing at Thanksgiving - a family favorite which is losing it's appeal because it has soooo much butter in the recipe
Ice Cream for a snack while watching TV - huge bowls of it with sliced banana, Spanish Peanuts, and lots of chocolate syrup

I think these memories are all tied to family unity and feeling loved. Any time someone is willing to go out of their way to take the time and expense of doing/making something special for you it must be because they love you. Right?

Although there are several other things that a person can do to show their love for someone, that food tradition will probably always remain.





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Day #43 Food memories (really these were all times of celebration and peacefulness)

As a child “on the farm” food was just there at mealtime, dessert was only on very special days.
My top memories of food that still would be a problem if I didn’t consciously stop:
Fried chicken (always extra when company came)
Ice cream (going to get ice cream after church)
Fudge (fudge for gifts - we got to clean the pans!)

For fried chicken, we go to a restaurant (two or three times a year).
For ice cream, I only have an ice cream cone, not a bowl.
Fudge, I usually only have some as a treat on vacation.

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I wrote a lot on this last time - if you're interested it's not far to scroll down.

Today I noticed that something I sometimes try to re-create is 'afternoon tea' - which would be cold meats, pickles, salads, bread and butter, then something like a trifle.

I've tried recreating this from time-to-time with healthier non-meat things. I think it was the whole Sunday afternoon thing with the whole family round the table. Probably tired in a nice way from the weekend of playing and not being at school. Perhaps Mum was more mellow too because it wasn't something she had to cook? So the emotional memory was of harmony.

I'm trying to recreate a calm place of harmony with people. I think trifle and jelly when I see them in the store ready-made, do tempt me slightly - except that I don't eat those things these days. However, there is a vegan raspberry fruit jelly pot I do SOMETIMES buy, and at Xmas I have tried recreating 'trifle' with vegan components.

This one is a 'modern' version of trifle - cute, isn't it?



sponge, custard, fruit, cream, toasted almonds, cherries



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Day 43 - Food Memories

• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.

potato chips and dip
pizza
fast food hamburgers and fries
cookies, pecan pie, turtles, brownies
hot dogs roasted over a fire
movie theater popcorn
cashews

• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.

Most of these foods were only served at parties or holiday celebrations when I was growing up. Some of the foods are from our camping days which are very happy memories. The cashews come from my dad's can of mixed nuts. He always said he didn't even know cashews came in the can because my mom and I ate them all.

• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.

What comes to mind is these foods were "restricted" to special occasions. I needed to eat a lot while they were available. Now, I remind myself that I can always have more tomorrow.

Cooking cookies and my dad always sampled them. Missing my dad. Instead of overeating on homemade cookies, I stop at a bakery and buy only one. I talk to my dad and think he can hear me from heaven.

Eating these foods frequently gave me a sense of control. I wasn't invited to the cool kids party, but my girlfriend and I can go out for pizza. When I got married, these foods were no longer restricted to special occasions. Know that I'm in control and I can make healthier choices now. Find happiness in new ways.


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100 More DWL , Day 43 Food memories

Foods often become embedded in your memory, not just because of how they taste, but because of the feelings you originally had around them. By tracing back to your earliest recollections of eating a food, you can identify the needs that were met at that time. When you crave that food now, you are probably experiencing some of the same needs as in your food memory.

Today

• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.
• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.
• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.

I'll have to return to do this lesson later. I can't think of any food memories right now.

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Today

• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.
my grandmother's dressing and pot roast (I make it like she did since she passed away several years ago)
my great grandmother's "glorified rice."
Christmas fudge made by me with my family
• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.
with my family, at Thanksgiving and Christmas and Birthdays
• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.
enjoying and being thankful for my big family, those foods connect with fond memories of my grandmother and great grandmother. also, my children (now grown) still enjoy making the fudge and other goodies together.

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Wow....what a trip down memory lane! My mother lived in Northern Italy, so being Italian she was an amazing cook and baker. My father was a coal miner so every Saturday my mom would bake bread, pies, cakes and desserts that my dad could take in his “bucket” the next week. I guess that’s why I love pasta......my mom made the best.....all pasta was made from scratch.

My sweet tooth comes from that and every Sunday we would go for a long ride....my three older sisters in the back, and I sat in front between my parents.......we always stopped at our favorite dairy and get an ice cream cone.

We didn’t have much money, but we always had plenty of food........some habits are hard to break emoticon

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Day 43 Food memories - warm fuzzy feelings - satisfied - peaceful
Helping mom with homemade bread.
Home smells great all day with bread rising on tall cast iron radiator.
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Grandpa lived with us for years - from about the time I was in 1st grade until just before high school (then he moved into assisted living). He had arthritis in his knees but at least a couple times a week he would take a walk to a local mini mall, stop and rest and then walk back home. But before he would walk home, he would pick up some type of treat - usually something Mom wouldn't buy for us (this was her dad):

* circus peanuts
* Little Debbie snacks - esp nutty bars
* cheese puffs

These always make me think of him, but to this day, I have a hard time maintaining control around around all these foods!

One of my cousins has recently been delving into genealogy, but she doesn't want just history - she wants stories. And she probably doesn't have as many memories of Grandpa as I do since we lived on opposite sides of the state. So what I should do instead of "eating my memories" - is to write some of them down and share with her,

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Mom made homemade bread often when we were in school - fall & winter. Oh, how we loved it. Come in and smell the bread. Nice warm piece with butter took the chill off!

Summer Sundays dad would BBQ and mom made potato salad and chocolate cake.

Grandma's egg noodles. I could have eaten the entire pot.

I love to make bread in my bread machine. I don't do it often, but I just enjoy doing it. I use whole grain flour now! We grill in the summer but I rarely make potato salad or chocolate cake. Egg noodles - I could still eat them often but I haven't made them in years.



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Day #43 Food Memories

I'm with Gill on this one. Any childhood food memories don't hold any interest for me any more. My food tastes have changed so much over the years. You will see why when I tell you what I remember!

Milk Toast - when I wasn't feeling well my mom would frequently make this for me. Buttered toast in a bowl with warm mild poured over it. When I think of it now all I can envision is a bowl of mushy something or other.

Graham Crackers & Coffee - this is a family tradition with my dad's family and he still eats this for breakfast after 92 years. A package of graham crackers dunked in your morning coffee. The challenge used to be to get the soggy grahams to your mouth before they fell into your coffee!

Desert - this is where I must get my sweet tooth from. We always had desert after dinner. Mostly cake, but if not available, then cookies. Never pie. At night while watching TV we would have Ice Cream Sundays - big bowls of ice cream covered with banana, salted peanuts, and chocolate syrup. DH and I continued that tradition for years and our DD still remembers eating it too!

My examples are all related to my mom and dad and I think the times when we were eating these things I felt especially loved because my parents were very strict and I rarely got anything special.

There are, of course, other foods which can cause me to overeat, but they are not from my childhood. They are my long list of trigger foods (sweet, creamy, or gooey) which I keep out of my reach by not even having them in my house.


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Food memories
We were raised on food my grandma was the cook for the restaurant my grandpa owned. They lived next door and coconut cream pie is my favorite. Every time my mom knows we are coming she makes me my own from grandmas recipe- very special and meaningful
2) when I am stressed and not thinking about what I am doing
3) going to a movie Hungary and not measuring but eating one handful of popcorn after another
Now I eat one piece of pie then throw it away
Dont eat when I am stressed
Dont buy popcorn anymore

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Day #43 Food memories
As a child “on the farm” food was just there at mealtime, dessert was only on special days.
My top memories of food that still would be a problem if I didn’t consciously stop:
Fried chicken (always extra when company came)
Ice cream (going to get ice cream cones after church)
Fudge (fudge for gifts - we got to clean the pans!)

When I want fried chicken, we go to a restaurant (two or three times a year) with awesome fried chicken served family style where you can take the leftovers home so no nead to be stuffed!
When I want ice cream, I go to McDonalds and get a cone instead of buying the bucket and cones which I used to buy.
Fudge, we only make at Christmas but honestly don’t think we made it last year.



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I can't think of many food memories that still hold any power over me.

Cheese on Toast
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I know that I used to love having Welsh Rarebit when we were out as a family on holiday, in a cafe. It must have been something that we didn't usually have at home. A fatty, rich, cheesy sauce on toast. The steamy, food-scented, cafe with the formica tables, and ketchup in squeezy bottles. (We had posh holidays, can't you tell?!)

I still think of cheese on toast as a bit of a 'treat' meal, and it's comforting and indulgent. But I'm not sure if that because it hold memories for me, or because it's bread, fat and salt!

Another food memory is my mum making me a milky coffee as a comfort thing. I can still hear my mum saying 'I'll make you a milky coffee' when I reach for the milk saucepan to make myself one. Again - it's a comforter - and maybe it influences my choices when I'm out; Americano or Latte? If I need comforting, it'll probably be a latte!

There are certain foods like Lemon Meringue Pie that I used to love as it was a family special dessert - when we were all together. But I never make it. I do usually notice it if it's on the menu in a restaurant. Again, is this a food memory? Or is it the delicious combination of sharp lemon with sweet sugar, creamy eggs, buttery pastry?
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(this is not lemon meringue pie, I know, but kind of represents it!)

So - real food memories - I don't know. Salted peanuts are associated with my Dad - he always had a big glass jar of them. Crusty bread is associated with my Mum, and cakes.

But I don't think I eat those foods to recreate a memory - but who knows?! I guess all our food has memory associated with it.

I can't think of anything that I ate that made me feel so good that it makes me want to eat it to find that feeling again.

So, I think I've failed at today's exercise!

I think with my Mum and the bread, or cakes when out, it was partly a shared sensitivity to wheat and sugar that fuelled that. But the feeling is one of slight wickedness, or breaking the rules and being a bit 'naughty'.

I think with the Welsh Rarebit, it was perhaps a feeling of being 'grown up' and approved of.

There - see, I did find some feeling memories!

Buried memories

The other day at work someone said 'treacle' - and that started a discussion about foods we have forgotten from our childhood - treacle pudding, parkin, treacle toffees - and I remembered Manchester Tart from school days. It was a pastry base, with a thin layer of some sweet, dark stuff that must have been made with evaporated milk and treacle or something. Again - sugar and wheat. I'd forgotten all about this until someone said 'treacle'!

PS I googled the recipe - and my memory was wrong - it wasn't Manchester Tart (jam and custard) it was Gipsy Tart!

I was born and brought up in Kent
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Day 43 Food memories

Foods often become embedded in your memory, not just because of how they taste, but because of the feelings you originally had around them. By tracing back to your earliest recollections of eating a food, you can identify the needs that were met at that time. When you crave that food now, you are probably experiencing some of the same needs as in your food memory.

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• List several favorite foods that often cause you problems or tempt you to overeat.
• Recall events or places where you have eaten these foods, especially as a child. Describe the scenes, including the people you were with.
• Identify one or two emotions that seem the strongest in each scene. Record your insights including times when that food connects to emotions now.

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