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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.