Tips For Enjoying Your Food

In this email I wanted to share with you, Liz refers to having more bags of flour to lose. In my book I wrote about discovering how heavy a five pound bag of flour feels and I had seven of them to lose! It was a real wake-up call for me. If you need a little inspiration, I think Liz has it for you!

Dear Pam,

I listened to “The Mouth Trap: the butt stops here” over the course of a week or so and you’ve really helped me! Let me tell you how:

1. It is good to know that the hunger voice 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

Liz referred to the quiet satisfied voice and how she’s getting better at hearing it. You know that hunger voice, for it speaks loud and clear and a grumbling noise in your stomach often accompanies it. The satisfied voice is almost a whisper, like the voice you’d use in church to tell your husband his fly is open.

If you just try what I suggest in the book to chew each bite 40 to 60 times, like Liz, you’ll be shocked at how much more you enjoy each bite and you’ll be satisfied with way less. The enjoyment of a bite leaves when you swallow. The longer you chew, the taste just keeps on giving. And just think, for the first time in Liz’s life, she couldn’t finish the sandwich!

In The Mouth Trap: the butt stops here! I suggested writing down the food that you don’t eat instead of keeping a log of what you do consume. It’s like a badge of honor seeing what you turned down and is a source of pride when you are on a journey to lose weight.

My book is filled with ideas (like looking at your weight in five-pound bags of flour. I recommend losing one pound a week and just think, by June 1, you could be 19 pounds lighter, a couple sizes smaller, and you will enjoyed your food immensely.

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