Friday, January 4, 2008

taste your food

Maybe you've heard of or even done the Weigh Down diet. I did. It had some good principles.

There is a book called French Women Don't Get Fat. It is a good book and you should read it.

The basic premise is similar to one of Weigh Down's principles. Taste your food. Enjoy it. Relish it. Savor it. If it isn't wonderful, don't eat it.

Did you see Ratatouille? The critic said "I love food. If I don't love it, I don't swallow."

And the rat said to his brother, "Don't just pork it down!"

Good advice.

I read an article by a lady who was being taught the same thing. Really taste your food. Think about it instead of just shoveling it in. And so she contemplated one of the potato chips she had been scarfing and realized that that it was rancid, too greasy, too salty and stale. She didn't even actually like it.

How much food do you eat that you don't even really love? Sometimes, I know, you have to eat what's available. But most of the time we have a lot of choice in what we eat.

The book (French Women) gave chocolate as an example. Put a small bite in your mouth and let it melt on your tongue. Roll it around in your mouth. Think about the saltiness, the sweetness, the bitterness, the texture. I found that when I do this, I can take one small bite of dark chocolate and get a huge amount of satisfaction from it. Then I don't feel like I want to eat a half pound at once.

So, today, try to really taste everything you put in your mouth. Except maybe your vitamins. But, you know, food. Think about it. Is it worth it? Is it worth the calories? You may find that you really like things you didn't think you did, (like dark chocolate) and that maybe you don't really like things you tend to pig out on, (like potato chips).

I need to do this, too. It certainly hasn't become habit with me. I still tend to eat without thinking and enjoying. I know that I eat a lot more this way, too.

Let me know what you discover. Let me know what you think.

And if you get a chance to read that book, tell me your impression of it as well.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw "French Women Don't Get fat" in Borders the other day. I liked the title (did not buy and read it though). I think the title says a lot about European health and fitness when compaired with the American lack thereof.

Robin said...

I love your quote from Ratatouille, The critic said "I love food. If I don't love it, I don't swallow."

And the rat said to his brother, "Don't just pork it down!"

Good advice.

So true! I tend to eat WAY too FAST which like you said can make me eat more than I need. When I was feeling my healthiest I didn't eat food UNLESS it was DELICIOUS. People at church didn't understand why I didn't join them in the grocery store bought cake at fellowship times. It was so I could thoroughly enjoy my own cake that I put good ingredients into. I need to get back to that AND to slowing down when I eat not like I'm in a race or something. I tend to eat way more than I need when I hurry because I don't get the fullness signal until its too late.

Still learning...

Mireille'sfan said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE and am REreading French Women Don't Get Fat. I think it is SO common sense and encouraging and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak! I feel ALOT better and am losing, while NOT feeling deprived AT ALL.

I too was into Weigh Down, but the courses are SO expensive and though I had the basic beginning books/videos she put out, I found it was working some but, I found being as you can eat anything, that I bought and consumed TOOO MANY sweets and too much processed food. Then, I got off track, eating BEFORE my stomach growled...and I had to eat on my husband's scheule...blah blah..I am just finding French Women to be more realistic for MY life.

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