For me, giving thanks for the meal about to be eaten has been a ritual since I can remember. Growing up, I learned to be thankful for each meal I was about to inhale. Each meal was a blessing from God and deserved a moment of gratitude. I first learned to say grace in Sunday school, back when I was in Kindergarten.
A typical prayer would entail giving thanks for the many blessings, -the gathering, the food, the people..then “please bless, bless, bless” all of the above and more, throwing in a “You are so amazing and wonderful, Lord,” and asking Him to allow the food we are about to eat to give us the strength to do His will. Food is seen as a nutritional source to empower us to live so that His will can be done.
But yeah….obviously for me, food has been more than just a nutritional source. My love for food has become more of an obsessive indulgence. Would this be considered a sin? Probably.