If you say you think about food all the time, you probably mean one or both of these:

•    You are a “foodie,” so good eating is part of your identity and your lifestyle.  You are obsessed with your next meal, that new restaurant, the next recipe from your favorite cooking blog – because you love excellent, healthy, or adventurous eating experiences.  Pretty great!
•    You think about food all the time – and your weight – because these present a struggle in your daily life.  You think endlessly and painfully about what to eat, when to eat, and especially how not to eat, when that is your intention.  Pretty awful.

When I talk about living a FoodThink life, I mean:

•    You want to maintain a good weight even while enjoying food.
•    You hate yo-yo dieting, ruminating about your size and shape, and putting your goals on hold till you “lose the weight.”
•    You are, or you want to be, thoughtful about whether it is real food or just an edible manufactured substance.
•    You are, or you want to be, more aware of your food habits.  Where did they come from?  Which are the old, proven foodways, the new corporate-foodways, and which practices do you actually believe in and endorse?
•    You want to do right by your kids – to have a plan and be a model so they will like to eat the right stuff and the right amounts – even though everyone they know is eating the not-so-right stuff and the not-so right amounts.

•    You’re willing to put some effort into getting it right, even though everywhere you look you are bombarded with the message that it would be effort-less if you would “just” follow some simple advice.

So FoodThink is my system for weight management that stresses the “think” – that is, the way your unchecked thoughts about food, eating, and weight can lead to negative feelings.  And those negative feelings can ultimately lead to the unhelpful behaviors, then patterns and habits, that add up to weight gain and misery.

Reversing that process has to do with attitudes, awareness, and some tailored tools from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), so that you can change the “think” as a way to start changing everything that follows.

Check out the FoodThink Decoder as a start!