Sunday, April 21, 2013
That's a quotation from Michael Pollan (of "Eat plants" fame) in Saturday's National Post.
"The first bite is the banquet. That's a Chinese rule. Every subsequent bite will be less good. It's never going to get better than that first bite, and once you realize that this is going downhill, you don't need to have the sixth or seventh bite."
DH has always lived by this, eating the "best part" of whatever's on his plate first . . . of two fried eggs, the perfect one; the most delectable looking bit of rare roast beef; the crispiest and most perfectly browned roast potato, and so on.
And, (like our DS, so it's gotta be hereditary!) he can and does stop eating in mid-bite, when he's full, putting down his fork and leaving whatever's uneaten on his plate. The rest of his steak, for example, set aside for a Philly cheese melt the next day.
That's probably why DH can make himself his famous scrambled eggs breakfast with two big eggs and lots of grated cheddar cheese and lashings of butter; stirred continuously in a double boiler; creamy and outrageously good. And slurped down with two slices of buttered toast for breakfast. Which he did this morning. Estimated calorie count 800+. Unless he has two more slices of buttered toast with marmalade and sometimes more cheese (yes, really) which he frequently will do, but not today. Then well over 1000 calories of course. And sugar (1.5 tsp) in each cup of coffee. (Cream generally only at work . . . . )
My breakfast this morning? Greek omelette. And my calorie count for my egg white/reduced fat whole Omega egg Greek omelette with light feta and spinach and mushrooms and salsa on the side? About 180. No toast, of course. No sugar or cream in my coffee.
Mine was good, sure. Just not AS good as those incredible scrambled eggs!! More nutritious, sure. So I'm virtuous. But . . . . . . . sigh.
The first bite is the banquet. I'm going to be adding this one to my arsenal of weight loss motivation techniques. And stopping when that return on investment (calories for taste satisfaction) is starting to go downhill . . . .