Expert Q&A: Heart-Healthy Eating
An interview with Dean Ornish, MD.
How do you balance indulgence and healthy eating?
Life is to be enjoyed. What is sustainable is pleasure and joy and ecstasy
and freedom. If we try to control ourselves or others, we do not get
sustainable change -- and we just make ourselves and others feel bad.
If you overindulge a little, do a little extra exercise rather than feeling
you are morally weak. The people who eat the healthiest are those who allow
themselves indulgences once in a while.
And when you indulge, really enjoy it. If you just chomp down a piece of
chocolate and don't pay attention to it, you get all of the calories, all of
the fat, and none of the pleasure.
Instead, meditate on it. Savor it. Invoke all of your senses. Close your
eyes, let it melt in your mouth. Notice how the flavors and textures change and
evolve. You can get exquisite satisfaction with a very few calories. It is not
just what you eat but how you eat.