I don’t think I thought much about food as a kid. My parents were good providers of good nutritious food. We may not have had what we wanted, but, we had what we needed. Good healthy food.

When I got older food didn’t play that much of a role in my life. However, I did figure out that our family didn’t eat out much because it was expensive. My friends could leave campus and get fast food, junk food, or whatever. I did not. There was no extra money in my parent’s budget for that.

I never missed a meal. Even though I didn’t have money, like my friends, I didn’t miss any meals. I carried a sack lunch to school. Sometimes my mom would give us money for school lunch in the cafeteria. This was more of a treat than anything else, and it certainly was not something that happened very often. I was in the band in high school and college. Sometimes the band would travel or take a trip. Then my parents gave my money to cover meals. Before this, I had never really experienced going to a non-fast food restaurant. And when I did, I found that I like it a lot.

I also liked it when my family and extended family got together on holidays for fellowship and a special meal. This was especially delightful at thanksgiving and Christmas. The members of my family were exceptional chefs. And as I got older I looked forward to these times even more.

Like I said, I never missed a meal. I didn’t even know what it was like to miss a meal. I think the first time it happened may have been in high school, resulting from forgetting my lunch. But I lived close enough to school that I could go home to eat if I wanted.

As an adult in the Navy missing a meal was not easy. I was so used to eating regular meals that when I knew I was gonna miss a meal I got really anxious about it. And it seemed sooOOoo painful when I was not eating and everyone else was. I always felt like I was missing something really important. I actually felt left out.

Over the years I became less worried or concerned with whether or not I was gonna miss a meal. I don’t remember how I came to let go of my concern. At some point, I realized that I was not going to die from missing a meal or two.

Still, I didn’t like missing meals. I still felt the same anxiety. This went on until maybe 2005 until I tried the Lemonade Diet/Master Cleanse for the first time. It was really a fast, using lemonade sweetened with organic grade A maple syrup. After my experience with this, I came to understand that the body can go long periods of time without food.

Fast forward to today. I typically fast 18 hours a day. That leaves a 6-hour window for eating. Prior to the lemonade diet/Cleanse, I would have been extremely apprehensive about going so long without eating. Thankfully, this was not the case. Thanks to the lemonade cleanse, my mind was prepared for the very long breaks between my eating windows.

The body really can go very long periods of time with food. I do drink plenty of water to make sure I stay hydrated. Intermittent fasting is something I feel I can maintain indefinitely. How I think about food has changed a lot. It is not something that I must have. Growing up, I was constantly associating food with family gatherings, or, getting together with friends. Now perfectly happy with having a cup of tea or just some water.

I’m no longer constantly think about food (most of the time). Food is just a necessary sustenance for physical life. It doesn’t need to be more than that. It doesn’t have to be the center of my life. And that’s exactly what it used to feel like. The way I think about food is changing constantly. It is no longer the center of my life; only a small part of it now.