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!"
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.