At my Weight Watchers meeting this week we had a very spirited debate about how much we all think about food. It started when a woman said she felt frustrated with the fact that she feels like she thinks about food constantly now that she's on WW in a way that she never did before. And I agreed with her because I often feel that way, although less so as I spend more time on the plan.
So I gave it some more thought and realized that while I do think about food more often than I used to - it sometimes feels like it's all I ever think about - I don't think about it in the same way as before. Before my commitment to this new way of living, I thought about eating all the time. But the choices I made were pretty mindless beyond the thought of "hhhmmmmm...what am I in the mood for today?". Now I am more mindful of the food-related decisions I make, from recipe research to menu planning, grocery shopping and finally, eating. Yes, I give food much more of my mental time and energy than I ever did before. But I think it's a good thing. And once I realized that, I stopped feeling frustrated with how often I think about food.