I know I use food as more than a nutrient, the other day I was eating to keep myself from having an afternoon nap. My dependence on food as a comfort is less than it used to be, but it's still there in the background, just that now I'm able to choose 'good' foods for comfort eating.
I've been on every diet you can imagine, except the ones that use meal replacement shakes. I used to think they were soooo bad and wrong, but recently I've had some insight into their use. I am addicted to food, and eating... FACT. I cannot give up eating food, as I would be able to with any other addictive substance.... but the meal replacements are a way of giving up the eating experience while still giving your body the nutrients it needs. They are more about changing the way you eat, than about what you eat.... and no I'm not suggesting that we all go out and buy them.... I'm not even considering doing that myself, because I think I have already started to get a handle on my eating patterns. It is however, interesting to understand that, and it shows me that I am starting to comprehend this realtionship with food issue.
One of my issues is if the food is on the plate then I am obliged to eat it, regardless of whether eating it causes me to overeat.... regardless of whether the food is palatable. This issue is proving hard to influence.... and will be continued in Part 2.