Real Pleasure in Food
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I used to think that I had a great appreciation in food because I loved (and still love) to eat. I thought that because I had such a sensitive tongue and great cooking skills, that meant I got more pleasure out of food. But since starting this program, I've discovered that the opposite is true.
I hated hearing from experts that told you that one way to cut down on calories is to stop and really savor the food you're eating. That way, you'll eat less. Right? I just couldn't do that. My pleasure came not from savoring the food, but from eating a lot of it. I couldn't eat just one chocolate, because that first one would whet my appetite for more.
About maybe Friday or maybe Thursday of last week, I started cutting down my calories. I went from 2200-2400, way down to 1500-1800. For me, that's a big jump. It's kind of been a struggle, but it's also been surprisingly easy to handle at the same time. What I've noticed is that I can eat a lot of food, but only if I try to make my sugary treats smaller.
So last night, I got a small bowl of frozen yogurt with a little cool whip on top, kind of a reward for doing such a good job all day long. And when the frozen treat hit my tongue, it was amazingly delicious! There was so much flavor. My taste buds have gotten very sensitive now that I'm not eating a ton of sugar or salt all the time. I thought they were sensitive before!
Now I find myself savoring things I didn't even think about before. 2% milk tastes decadent. Pickled beets are sooo addictingly good. Carrots are sweet. It's so interesting to see the changes my body has gone through already. I can't wait to see what happens the longer I keep going with this.