When I talk to my patients about their diets, I give them the facts, but I’m also a realist. If I tell a man with diabetes never to eat chocolate, he’ll either feel guilty when he does or he won’t tell me about it later. I also don’t put an absolute ban on dessert for patients with high cholesterol.
Nothing is forbidden (except poison which isn’t a food anyway). Instead I recommend mindful and informed eating. If you eat a treat high in fat, calories or sugar, you should be aware of it’s short and long-term effects on your body.
The key is to enjoy every bite.
Not only will this make you more mindful and aware of your eating, it will also allow you to feel more satisfied with less food. It’s a simple way to lose excess weight.
When you go to a buffet, it’s easy to try a bit of everything and discover you’ve put way too much on your plate. You can reduce the calorie consumption and increase your enjoyment by attending to every bite.
Your happiness exercise for today: enjoy every bite of food you eat for one day. Don’t rush. Chew every bite before you swallow. Enjoy the look, aroma, flavour and texture of each morsel. Feel the satisfaction of swallowing and the sensation of fullness and being nourished.
Enjoying every bite of food is a simple but profound way to increase your level of happiness. Once you’ve tried this for a day, look for other enjoyable everyday sensations that you normally rush through.
The list is endless: the comfort of lying down in your comfortable bed after a long day, a warm shower, a bubble bath, brushing your teeth, the feeling of exhilaration with vigorous exercise, the sensation of well-being afterwards, a cup of tea, a hug, a kiss.
Every day is filled with a hundreds of treats. Enjoy as many as you can today.