How to Eat Less and Enjoy It More
Another woman says, "I've eaten many bags of these over the years, but
I've never tasted just one. And when I taste one, I like it, and one is
Then we talk about translating this exercise into real life, and all at once
everyone stops liking me. No one really wants to abandon her old habits. You
probably don't either. Right now I'm sure you're thinking, There's no way I am
going to give up watching Grey's Anatomy with my friend, ice cream.
But could you be persuaded to try if I told you that there's something better
waiting for you if you give up the comfort of distracted eating?
For one thing, you'll rediscover the pleasure of food itself. You'll learn
whether you actually like the food you've been eating in quantity for years.
You may find that whatever food is in front of you might actually make you
happy. (And that's the only reason to pay attention to what's on your plate —
that it might help make you happy. That's all.)
When we take time with food, it has a chance to give something back — the
flavor, the sensual feeling, a satisfaction we can savor. But if we are busy
doing something else, we miss the whole experience. It is like being glued to
your laptop while the sexiest story ever told is unfolding right before you on
The truth is, you don't have to choose between watching Pride and
Prejudice and eating. You can have both. You can watch and then you can
eat. That gives you two chances for pleasure, not just one.
Why not act on your own behalf? Why not live as if you deserve all the
pleasure? Because — and of this I am certain — you do.
Geneen Roth is an international teacher, speaker, and writer of
best-selling books on emotional eating. You can visit her at
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