I wasn't sure if this should go here, or in the Late Night Cafe. Since it is food related this forum won out. It occurred to me to wonder how many foodies, home cooks & chefs either have issues with weight, or who eat a particular way by choice and with awareness. Recently I began treatment with various physical therapy specialists and one in particular had me take a hard look at the way, and what, I ingest on a regular basis. I hafta say, I was pretty embarrassed. I thought I was doing pretty good, in a general sort of way but wow was I wrong. Fluid intake? My 8 glasses of water a day? Nope. Coffee in the morning and beer at night. Its a wonder I haven't already shriveled up and died. 3 squares per day and two snacks? Nope. Tasting as I prepare meals in my kitchen for customers, and snacking on bits when the mood hits. Sure, its healthy-ish, whole foods prepared with an eye for salt and balance, but it seems my calorie count is way down from where it should be (as is my fiber intake) so my bod stays stuck in near-starvation mode and hoards every sip and bite I take. Even when I prepare meals for my family I very rarely have a plate of whatever I've prepared because I already feel full by the time it's ready. I'm starting my ingestion overhaul by brewing up a large batch of Jasmine tea to drink throughout the day. I know its not water, but its hopefully a baby step in the right direction... So, what do you do, diet-wise? Do you pay attention to what and when you eat? Any practice or philosophy that works for you?