I took the Food Involvement Quotient quiz on Refuse to Regain and scored an 8. Some of the questions were tricky -- for example, "Are you frequently looking for new recipes and new ways to prepare the food you eat?" I answered yes, but mostly I'm looking for new healthy recipes. I actually am much better off trying to be creative with food, because the comfort food junkie in me would much rather just eat a big bowl of spaghetti with butter and Romano cheese than figure out a way to make whole grains and veggies alluring.
The "food is fuel" argument doesn't work for me. I admired the man in the story of the 85-year survivor with diabetes, but I also thought that only someone who was very rigid and disciplined could live that way, and I wasn't sure it sounded like a lot of fun to be him or to be one of his family members.
I think it's pretty natural to be somewhat food-motivated. Even when my poor kitty was sickest, he would run to the kitchen when the refrigerator opened. He would be interested in food but wouldn't eat it because he was nauseated. The vet complimented me yesterday on how well he was doing because he gained almost a pound and is looking and acting much healthier. His appetite may have been what saved him -- I was able to tempt him to eat enough to get through the tough part. I read an article in More recently (sorry, cannot find a link) about a woman tending her sick mother, who decided she was ready to die and was advised by hospice that she could hasten the process by refusing to eat or drink. One week was all it took, but she had to be disciplined enough to turn away fresh summer peaches even though she was craving one.
There are people who do well with rigidity but I am sure hoping there is another way. I'm sure that some people do quite well having the same food every day and avoiding all situations (parties, dinners out, travel) where they cannot rigidly control their food. I just don't find that lifestyle appealing.
Life isn't just about being as thin as possible (I hope) and I want to enjoy and engage with life, which includes enjoyment of food to me. I'm not saying I subscribe to the "what the h***" philosophy and am camping out on my couch with a 2-liter of soda and a bag of Doritos. I want the lifestyle I saw on "No Reservations" when Bourdain traveled to Sardinia. Gorgeous, simple food prepared with care, lots of family and friends around, and a little wine with dinner. If I could have that and be healthy and fit, a little thinner and a lot happier, that would be my idea of a good life.