Last weekend, my husband and I passed a woman walking down the sidewalk, holding a sandwich in her right hand. She kept taking bites of it and I wanted to say “Stop! You’re not savoring!”
Next, next two ladies walked towards us holding paper plates with slices of pizza, eating as they walked. Oh no! The tragedy! Pizza is a treat, and must be eaten while sitting down, preferably in small bites, and chewed slowly.
Living Thin means ingesting only the amount of calories one needs in a day. That amount is limited, so I like to enjoy each and every bite I put in my mouth. Here are a few rules to help you enjoy food, and not overeat:
1) Slow down. Enjoy every bite. Chew food slowly. Food can only be tasted while it’s in the mouth. After it goes down into the stomach, the pleasure of eating is over.
2) Sit down and eat. Make eating an event. Use plates and silverware. Cut food up into little bites; it feels like you get to eat more.
3) No walking and eating. Our bodies need to send oxygen to muscles for walking, not digesting. It’s harder to chew and eat while walking — much harder to savor. Wait until there’s more time to eat.
4) No eating in the car. Who remembers what they ate in the car? It’s over before you know it, and there’s no savoring because you’re too busy driving or trying not to get food all over yourself. Most people end up eating more than they would have otherwise.
5) No mindless eating in front of the TV. It’s easy to eat an entire bag of chips or cookies and wonder where they all went — which could be an entire day’s allotment of calories. Either bring one portion to eat, then stop, or quit this habit altogether.
Read: Why French Women Don’t Get Fat; 10 Tips; Find out what author Mireille Guiliano has to say about savoring food, and how French women eat whatever they want – and stay thin.