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I LOVE TO EAT!! Is that so bad?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Today I am frantically preparing a feast for 17 people, and all the food will be fabulous! And I intend to enjoy every bite!! Of course, it won't be as many bites as it might have been at one time, and it won't include as many foods as it did at one time. There are many dieters who limit themselves to very few foods.

They keep telling me "Eat to live, don't live to eat". Well I live to eat! I spend a couple of hours every day to make a great dinner that will be consumed in 15 minutes, but they are a very important 15 minutes. A simply glorious 15 minutes! I don't care if I have to start dinner at noon, using a recipe that calls for 30 ingredients. If that's what it takes to make my 15 minutes the center of my day, then I will do it.

I don't need to eat great quantities of food to enjoy it. Ever see wine tasters take one sip, move it around in their mouths, then spit it out? Well I certainly don't spit out my food, but I do notice that they learned what they needed to know of the wine from just one taste. I savor my weighed and measured tastes of food I have lovingly prepared, from Chicken Pot Pie to "fried" bread (all Weight Watchers recipes from years gone by) and I can eat them and love them, and look forward to the next meal.

I can love a small plate of food just as much as a big one. It's the love! It's the taste! It isn't quantity that makes food one of the great joys of life.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OOLALA53 12/29/2011 7:28PM

    Savoring food has been a mainstay of my ability to be satisfied with less. And I still love food! Many thin people love food. They just hate to be really full. I don't like it now, either. emoticon

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JITZUROE 12/29/2011 6:53PM

I love the wine tasting comparison. So true!
I wish I could say the same about my own holiday eating experience. I certainly fell off the wagon. But I am here, and I reading inspiring works of art like yours to keep ME looking ahead.

: ))))

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BRATS4 12/26/2011 4:27PM

    good deal

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MISSG180 12/25/2011 10:20AM

    I agree with you 100%. The notion that food should only be some kind of fuel we insert into ourselves negates the joy that comes with cooking, sharing, and appreciating good food. I don't think that's healthy.

Enjoy your feasts - in moderation!

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MEADSBAY 12/24/2011 10:50PM

    I, too, am amazed to have learned how such a small amount of food can keep me happy!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/24/2011 10:17PM

    It took time to learn to enjoy your food. You took control of your life and your living healthier because of it. I am almost there too. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. (((Hugs)))

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    Enjoy your food! As you said...quality not quantity.

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SHALOM19 12/24/2011 5:55PM

    quality, not quantity works. I'll remember that.

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