Savoring the New Weight-Loss Secret
Thinking about the food you eat might make your program more successful.
What to eat? Make up your mind… fully.
Learning to identify the point at which one feels full is fundamental to eating mindfully, but training yourself to choose foods purposefully is equally important. To that end, Kristeller offers this exercise:
Fill a bowl with trail mix. Thoughtfully, select two different pieces (say, a cashew and a chocolate candy). Why did you choose these two particular pieces? Choose one of the two pieces to eat mindfully. Notice its taste and texture—as well as thoughts that surface as you’re chewing. Now eat the other piece mindfully. How did your experience of eating the first piece affect your enjoyment of the second? There are no right answers; the point is to begin to cultivate an awareness of how you choose foods, which ultimately may make it easier to derive satisfaction from smaller portions. For example, that you tend to label some foods as “healthy” and others as “fattening” may explain why you can’t stop at a small portion of, say, ice cream: if after one bite, you think “I’ve already blown it,” you might just keep eating. And once you understand the behavior, you can start to change it.