I have been thinking about this lately. I am watching a professed foodie who lost a lot of weight following WLS start to regain. I am not suggesting that one thing must lead to the other. But does it create an additional mental hardship to have a love affair with food?
I once considered myself one. I am an excellent cook and I have a very adventurous palate. I have written many recipes and cooked or tasted food from many different cuisines and time periods.
I am not one now though. At least not most of the time. Most of my food is minimally prepared with a higher priority on satiety than flavor. I understand now that food pleasure is fleeting but the pleasures of being much less huge are substantial and lasting. I am not a hardcore food must only be for sustenance person but I am closer to that side of the spectrum.
I do know that my relationship with food needed to change. I never actually decided to stop being a "foodie" though. It was more like everything I have done to lose weight has crowded that out of my life. I now really only engage in my foodie ways on vacation or similar.
To throw a strawman on the fire if I had to choose between a life of less flavorful food and being a healthier weight I would choose the latter. Of course, as a calorie counter I do not have to choose one or the other but somehow it feels easier to keep the foodie in the suitcase.
Maybe this is only what I had to do or maybe it is a phase that I need to go through (kind of a long phase now). Perhaps I can reintroduce a tempered version of what I was before in time.