The Mouth Trap

Dear Pam and Nelly:

I listened to The Mouth Trap audio book over the course of a week or so, stopping as I needed to digest things and am now re-listening with the intent of taking some notes. You’ve really helped me! Let me tell you how:

  1. It is good to know that hunger shouts and the satisfaction voice is so soft. I’m getting better at listening to the little voice.
  2. Chewing food more could be the advice that could reverse the obesity trend. I’ve always read we should eat slower, so yeah, I put down my fork between bites and it took longer to finish but made no difference in my satiety or amount of food eaten. But when I chew 40 to 60 times (it is an art to learn how to chew so many times & I’m getting better) I feel satisfied when I’m done with a modest portion. I had a tuna salad on toasted rye today for a late lunch and was very hungry, but for the first time in my life I couldn’t finish the sandwich! I was satisfied and it wouldn’t have been comfortable to eat more.
  3. The thing that is helping me fight habit hunger is being able to write down what I didn’t eat. Yesterday I didn’t eat 4 pieces of delicious upside-down lemon cake. I also didn’t eat a square of chocolate. And all the stuff I don’t eat is often just gateway food, getting me started on mindless munching. If I’ve written down that I didn’t eat it, I can’t very well go back and eat it, now can I? (Nelly, don’t answer that!)

It is so calming to know that when I go on my sailing vacation this summer, I will be less fat than I am now, even though I will still have more bags of flour to go.

Thank you for your inspiration.

Liz and Lizzy


Pam here:

Liz and Lizzy are on their way to a lighter life and knowing this new way of eating takes practice, we need to remember that we didn’t get overweight overnight and we aren’t going to be a healthy weight overnight. We need to be easy with our new-found way and be kind and loving with ourselves as we gradually take the weight off. One pound a week is all I ask, and that doesn’t mean you can’t have the foods you love, it means you have them in moderation, which is another art form we have to re-learn at meal time and in-between. The Mouth Trap will teach you how to enjoy your food more than you ever have before.

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