Get Yourself the Heck Out of the Kitchen!


If you’re a “foodie,” as epicures now affectionately call themselves, food is your passion. If something food related is happening within ear, smell, or site shot, your head snaps to attention like a startled army private. You adore reading and talking about food. Anyone who shares your love of food is an instant buddy and partner in crime. You love touching, smelling, tasting, and seeing food. You populate cooking classes and watch television cooking shows. You listen to the radio restaurant reviewers. Need I mention that what you love the most is consuming the fruits of your culinary labors?

As a card carrying “foodie,” you and your fellow gourmands are the first to check out a new trendy restaurant, scrutinizing everything from menu descriptions, to presentation, smell, taste and temperature of the succulent dishes, assessing whether it adds or detracts from your eating experience. You’re fascinated by the chef’s unusual reduction of this or brazing of that. And God help the chef who misses the mark and fails to please you! The punishment for this unthinkable gastronomic sin is well, financial ruin. If foodies pan your restaurant, you’re done for!

Your favorite pass-times are frequenting cookery gadget stores and perusing the cookbook section of your favorite bookstore. Most anything having to do with food and eating will do. Cookbook and cooking magazine collections are your prized possessions. New and interesting recipes poke out from card files and loose-leaf binders, having been carefully snipped from newspapers or scrawled out on dinner party napkins.

To a foodie, food is a heck of a lot more than just sustenance. Perish the thought! It’s a captivating preoccupation and avocation. As your first and greatest love, it’s indelibly inscribed upon your mind and heart. As a former foodie, I know this to be true.

I can hear the grumbling and protests starting. But before you start frothing at the mouth, let me point out that not all “foodies” have eating issues and not all people who have eating issues are foodies. Being a “foodie” is not inherently problematic if you don’t have eating or weight issues. But, if you love food and it doesn’t love you back as evidenced by your cascading belly rolls, then being a “foodie” is something you might want to rethink or rather “unthink.”

Boiling it down, Skinny Thinking about looking at the relationship between thinking and eating. The more time we spend time thinking about food, the more we eat, and the fatter we get. It’s a matching process. Our bodies match the way we eat and our eating matches our thinking.

Ideally when we’re not hungry, we’re not thinking about food. One way to stop thinking so much about food is to reduce the amount of time and space food takes up in your life. Spending less time reading cookbooks, watching fewer cooking shows and of course spending less time in the kitchen are the tickets. So if food is your hobby rather than just good tasting fuel, you might want to look at whether being a foodie is really serving your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. What is more important, your food hobby or your health?

Ideally this good tasting fuel would move from being “FOOD!” in all capitals to simply being “food.“ If you’re someone who struggles with eating and weight, make your life easier. Replace your foodie hobbies that give the pleasure seeking child in you just the excuse he or she wants to spend more time there with ther fun hobbies that help keep you out of the kitchen. If you’re food obsessed, this is the last thing you need!

But you may say, “I love to entertain and cook for my friends and family.” I understand. I felt the same way and came to realize that it didn’t serve my objective of breaking free from eating and weight health. It’s a matter of priorities. I’m not saying don’t entertain. Instead I’m asking you to look at your life and find ways to minimize your involvement with food.

While you are healing, anything you can to do to spend less time in the kitchen is a good thing.

  • Take turns cooking with other members of your family.
  • Buy healthy prepared salads and side dishes to reduce cooking time,
  • Switch off cooking shows and,
  • Restrain yourself from signing up for more cooking classes.

   Being a gourmand will not help you heal your eating issues and it may even exacerbate them. In a word, hang up your foodie apron and as much as humanly possible, get the heck out of the kitchen!!