It is wonderful that you feel that way about food. I am a bit of an emotional eater. I swear I need CEA meetings, Cookie Eaters Anonymous, where the cookies addicts go! But there is nothing wrong about just loving the tastes and textures of food. You should. The question is, why do you feel that it is detrimental to you?
I love different foods, and if I do not cook in such a way that I can really enjoy my food, I fall down, hard. I cannot diet, dieting sucks, majorly. Dieting has lousy food, no taste, and no indulgence. Bring on the pizza, cookies, and soda! Bad, I know, but in trying to change how I see food, I have gone from one extreme to another. From dieting and having a very strict beachy menu, losing weight but feeling deprived of the basic pleasure of food, to just trying to enjoy the journey, be positive, and let it come, losing pretty much nothing. I fell down both times, yes, plenty happened in between, but it my approach did not work. I have to enjoy the food, but eat in a balanced way. I have to limit certain intakes, but keep flavor and impact. And, I cannot let that nasty little monster I call a scale determine my day, but, I have to listen to it as well, at least a couple times a week.
Try this, if you want to. Think of what makes you the happiest and most satisfied food wise. What is it? Is it something you consider cheating? Try listing out your cheat foods, convert them, and have them as a standby. I need the ability to have pizza, a burger, fajitas, things like that. But, where pizza used to be the first step off the proverbial diet cliff, I figured out that cauliflower crust pizza, I can pick it up, it tastes good, I get my fix, and feel better about it. Fajitas, I finally figured out that for me, beans cause major cravings, all I want is tortillas and chips to go with it. Got rid of them, and can actually enjoy the meal, even in a restaurant, and not be in agony over the chip basket.
Whoops, sorry, really long post in your journal. I ramble big time!! Shutting up now! Have a great weekend Ky! But have fun with your food, without feeling guilty okay? It's more fun that way.