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Gill, again I can totally relate. I hope the cake tasted good even though you had tried to wait to have some.

At times when I restrict myself... not having it, 2 bites, or saying I will only have a taste, my inner voice takes over and I have a small binge (they are usually small). It is as if I created a dam with the limiting and it broke. Yep I feel awful afterwards, try self talk telling myself that I am only human and that I just need to move on. But it can be tough to deal with at the time.

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Report back on my 2-bites experiment!

It started well - there was a buffet party at work, I was working in a side room, so able to stay away from the food table and eat my packed tea. I went in and took a small, crispy cornflake cake. I had two bites and threw the last piece away. It was sweet, pretty unappetising really, not crispy, not very good at all. At that point I thought I'd managed to do the 2-bites experiment successfully.

However............ as previously........ about 2 hrs later, I found myself unable to resist eating a slice of coffee-walnut cake that was under wraps in the kitchen. At first, I cut myself a slice, wrapped it up, and popped it in my lunch-box with the intention of taking it home to have on Saturday. But a little while later, I opened that lunch-box and ate a corner of the cake........ then another bit............ and then the rest. Not only that, but later in the evening (I was working until 10pm).... I finished of the remainder of the cake that was in the kitchen - about 2 slices)!!!!!!!!!

When I went upstairs to get medication for someone at 9pm, I saw that the left-over Pringles had been put there........... and guess what? yes............. I grabbed a handful of those too. I wanted to eat the whole darned tube-full of them!

The most noticeable thing is how I feel about this behaviour..........it's an instant destroyer of any self-respect or self-confidence. The remorse was intense - not really remorse that I'd eaten the cake and Pringles, but remorse at re-acquainting myself with that alter-ego which would be a trash-gorging eating-machine!

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Great posts from everyone, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts & experiences about this day's topic.

I'd like to give a special shout-out for Susan and Maria this time around - for showing us how progress can be made by re-working these lessons over and over again!

I hope I can't post a victory story after my Wednesday experiment!

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I didn’t do the “exercise” today … I don’t eat coz someone else wants me to : ) And I don’t throw good, exciting food away.

Two bites really, really does work though. You gotta be in the right frame of mind.

Most of us swear we love to eat … but don’t really taste the food. By slowing way down and focusing on the food at hand … two bites can be satisfying if the food item is truly what you want.

As Pam pointed out, the holiday season is upon us. Last year I used this lesson and didn’t gain weight through the holiday’s … I actually lost weight. Just be careful that you are not eating two bites of everything available.

Change your mind … and the rest will follow.


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Thanks for that, Pam. Very encouraging - and thanks for the reminder about fear!

Very good point about rehearsing for Xmas etc!


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The first time I did this day I was recovering from a very serious bout of stomach flu so any food was not even on my radar. However, having reviewed my notes and knowing what is ahead in this book I realized that this is a good practice exercise in learning self-control with trigger foods. I have been all over the map when it comes how to deal with trigger foods. Usually I have found that avoiding them and not bringing them into my 'domain' is the safest and smartest way to deal with it on a daily basis.

However, as I have worked longer on my eating behaviors I have also noticed that although I can take this strategy 'on the road' and into environments that I am unfamiliar with (places where I don't know how the food was prepared or how many calories are in a single serving--both critical to me having control over my food ingested) it is unrealistic for me to think that I can avoid all food all the time. So, based on that line of thinking, I do think I owe it to myself to practice this 'two bites' exercise and not just today but on more than one occasion.

Although Ms. Spangle does seem to imply (or those of who read it think she is only talking about dessert) I think it can be any kind of food that we 'pile on' our plates. In about 4 weeks we are all going to be facing Thanksgiving meals here in the U.S. and Canada. So, this is an exercise that could be applied when we are faced with unending choices, sights and smells.
It could be two bites of a specific casserole, side dish and, of course, dessert. If we practice this today we can get an idea of how we would fare in about a month when we go 'live'.

I am reminded of a woman many of us know: Dolly Parton. In her mid-life she had gained a lot of weight (I believe after having a hysterectomy according to what I had read). As a typical Southerner she loved all food. She managed to lose 40+ lbs. by using this two bite method (according to what she shared). She said she ate whatever she wanted but only had two bites of each food. She has maintained that weight loss for close to 30 years!! So, there is value in this lesson. It is the proverbial having 'your cake and eating it too'. Just not that much and just not that often (another day's lesson coming up).

I also think this will desensitize us in emotionally charged food situations. I have been working on controlling my eating behavior in unknown social situations for the past 6+ months and it does get easier.

As the saying goes: "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself".

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Apart from anything else, I don't have the opportunity to take 'two bites' of something today, as it's a weekday - and I eat three meals on weekdays - there are no treats, or sweets.

On Wednesday evening, at work, we are having a small leaving party for our manager, who is moving on to a new job. There will be cake. I'm not committing to doing this - but am considering using this exercise to have two bites of a cake, then stopping. This breaks my 'rules' for the day - but I might try it......... or I might not!

I reckon if I have the 2 bites of cake, then stop, I can follow it (a short while later) with my planned, packed meal (as I'll be at work until 10pm). I anticipate this being hard for me, as I will be in a room filled with cake and party food, with people who will be eating enthusiastically! On the other hand, the sight of other people being un-restrained, might help me stay away after my 2 bites! I'll let you know!

PS - I could easily NOT eat any cake whilst all around me eat cake - but once I START........ that's the danger!

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Two bites?

I'm with Maria! I did try this once but basically I do better when I just stay away from those foods that trigger cravings or binges for me. I have become really good at savoring the first few bites of every meal though.
I have always been a fast eater and still struggle to eat slowly but those first few bites I do take slowly and thoughtfully and really savor the flavors. Trying new foods has become more fun and I often try to figure out what spices are in a dish or how it was prepared. Of course that only works to slow me down when I'm not the cook. emoticon

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For this round I tried to look at the two bite challenge with fresh eyes and an open mind. This is one I have absolutely NOT liked doing in the past.

I planned on making the 3-2-1 brownie I spoke about yesterday. I guess I missed the part about maybe spraying some cooking spray in the cup first because my brownie didn't want to come out of the cup. It looked awful, but tasted too darn good.

I did stop at two bites which was about 1/2 of the serving I had prepared, BUT, I am not throwing the other half away. The plate is covered with plastic wrap and I put it in the bread box to keep it out of site. I will use that half for tomorrow's challenge which also includes two bites.

When I ran the point calculator the entire thing would cost me 9 points so I ate about 4 1/2 of those today. I could still taste the warm, rich chocolately goodness a full 15 minutes after the challenge so I would agree that 2 bites was enough to satisfy me.

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Day 15 – First two bites

I understand the principle of today’s exercise but for myself I do better just eliminating sweets and rich foods from my diet. I do use this technique to judge if a food is worthy of eating and spending some of my daily calorie allotment on. Sometimes a healthy food (cantaloupe comes to mind as a food this happened with recently) can miss the mark taste wise and leave me unsatisfied if I go ahead and eat it anyway. I’ve learned I would rather set it aside and have something else. It does go against my frugal nature to waste food which is another reason I would not want to intentionally get a food to only try two bites.

I will try the part of this exercise that asks that “With each food you eat today, pay close attention to the first two bites. Notice how they taste in comparison to the rest of the food” and comment at the end of the day.


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I'm still best to "not even start" with trigger foods but my post from 1/15/16 best reflects where I am at with this lesson:

"I still have not taken two bites of something Really delicious and then thrown the rest away. But I did my first time through, as suggested, (and as often as I can remember to do it now) close my eyes and really savor and delight in the texture and taste of different foods.

Doing this helps me to slow down and appreciate what I am eating. Whenever I do this, I never feel guilty. When I eat mindlessly, I feel jipped and sorry. All those calories and so little appreciation. emoticon

I now deliberately choose to savor 2 to 4 bites of a restaurant shared, super high cal dessert and leave the rest for everybody else or to stop at 1 bite when the dessert is not that great. Still working at what happens at home though."

*** I am making some progress at home. I went to a potluck last Thursday night and chose the smallest piece of cake, put on some black walnut ice cream and savored Every Single bite. My Dear, food pusher friend insisted cake and cookies come home with us. At home I stopped at 3 cookies, which I also savored and had No cake even though it took DH 3 days to finally eat it all. emoticon Practice = Progress emoticon





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Day 15 First two bites
"Nothing tastes better than that first two bites. Chew slowly and enjoy flavor and texture"

This one is hard as who likes to throw food out. I rather not even not start.
But if I find something I don't like after the first two bites I will stop eating it.
I eat according to what exchanges I have left if I do then I eat. yes sometimes I am short or over as I am not perfect. but I need to work at it as I have to get this last pound off. scale is up today. tomorrow is TOPS so will see what their scale says. not sure what the different scales are different. but also timing is different too.

I do need to work on this esp. at social or buffets settings.



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Day #15 First Two Bites
The first two bites of any food will always have the most flavor.
This lesson is focused on desserts mostly and the idea that if you take two bites and savor them, the next thing would be to decide if the rest is worth the fat and calories.

By doing these lessons before I have learned to slow down and try to taste my food as I eat. I'm not perfect but I'm much better than I was.
There are now times when I'm at a gathering that two bites are enough!


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I do this all of the time now. This is another lesson that has always stuck with me. If I do not like it and it is a treat, I do not eat it. I savor the two bites.

I do have to get it away from me or I may eat it if in a social situation. In social situations I lean towards nervous eating where I need to keep my mouth and hands busy.

It is still mentally difficult for me to stop eating if I really like the food. But I am much better at listing to my body as far as fullness. I evaluate my fuel before I eat it and decide how much I will eat.


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Me neither! I'm definitely not doing it!

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Oh Gill, still don't like this one and would still rather not start than have just 2 bites! emoticon emoticon

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I'm bumping this thread up because I won't be home from work until early afternoon on Monday 24th October. Hoping this will make it easier for people to find.

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While I was reading this lesson and eating breakfast, savoring the flavor of my 26 calorie a slice Oscar Meyer pre cooked bacon, I was thinking that enjoying the first two bites of fuel food and really tasting it is important as well. In the late afternoon, my day took a turn when my husband wanted to order takeout from one of our local good restaurants. We always each get a main dish and an appetizer and desserts to share. I ordered an appetizer for my main dish, then served myself just small portions of the shared appetizer and desserts. Then I savored! Because I had put my portions on a small plate and ate slowly and mindfully, I was very satisfied with my meal. The lessons are incorporating themselves into my experiences! emoticon emoticon



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I agree that the first 2 bites can work for some things .. for me it is sweets. Desserts can look so good, and I can be fine with just a couple bites .. but I struggle to throw things out, so I have to ensure I take only a teeny tiny piece, or share with someone else. For other things, (chips for example), there is a NO BITES rule at my house. All of this reminds me to watch portions on everything. Eating 6x a day, does NOT mean 6 full meals a day .. even if they are healthy.

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The 2 bite rule works fine for sweet things. I am really for much of a sweet person, But not so well for salty or oily. I have a no bite rule for potato chips, certain nuts, and sometimes avocado.

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Great posts everyone! Gill and Donna, I'm re-learning that "don't even start" is the safest and best way for me to roll.

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I agree Gill sometimes it is better for me to not start! 2 bites is NOT enough and even if I throw it away it can encourage a overeat/Binge later! emoticon

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Today my SIL offered my guacamole and chips. I used one chip as a "spoon" to taste the guacamole. I then used the chip to take a second bite. It was good and I told him I was gonna take it "home" ... to the trailer ... and finish eating it with my supper. He asked if I wanted the chips to take with me. NO thanks ... I got what I want.

I have noticed the better I eat and the closer to what I really want that I eat ... it doesn't take much to make me happy. Hmmmmm?????

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SKIRUNNER1 - I think you have company in the 'three time' rule rather than 'three bite'! It sounds sooooo familiar to me! emoticon

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LOL - DJB, you have completely distracted me with malasadas! I had to go look them up! They look like what I know as fried cinnamon rolls, filled jelly rolls or even beignets! There is a local grocery store that advertises Paczki's right before Lent starts. They are a Polish version. When I was in elementary school, the cooks used to make baked versions on the days they made chili. It was a small school, so you could smell the foods being made way before you could eat. Since breakfast was not a part of my childhood on school days, these smells were quite distracting!

Ok, to today's lesson. I remember a Weight Watchers leader talking about the three bite method: first bite, savor the taste/flavor, second-notice the texture, third-decide if it was worth any more. I have found that there are foods I really think in my mind that I want and if I pay attention, they are really not that good. For me, though, I usually have to eat the whole thing reflecting while I'm eating that it's really not that good, then about a month later my mind says that would be good and it's not...the third time rather than the third bite does the trick for me...

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You're not alone, Pam. I know I'm not overweight, but the relationship to food is the same! Portion control has been a big turning-point for me. I now use a cup and scales to measure pretty much most of the highly-calorific things I eat - fats and grains in particular. I also got myself a smaller plate - a 9" plate - and I now find this is as much as I need to make a meal.

As far as the 'two-bites' exercises go, I think it might be more about learning that we don't need to eat the whole cheesecake just because we want to have a 'bit' of cheesecake............ but the only way I can not eat the whole cheesecake, is not to even start! You have to know yourself - and find how YOU can manage your food best. It's not one-size-fits-all! I don't think I'll ever be able to buy a packet of biscuits, or a box of crackers, or a two-portion pack of cheesecake and not eat the whole darned lot. I simply have to not buy those things!

Previously, I've tried having two bites of a cookie and throwing the rest away - but it only led to me having a cookie-eating episode a day or two later ............ for me, it's not worth the risk! I'm better off staying right away from them - not allowed!

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Day 15: Two bites.

I do agree that the first two (or three and possibly four) bites are the most delicious of most foods but I will say that there are foods I eat routinely that the last bite is as tasty as the first. It makes me wonder what others are eating that they can be satisfied with just two bites.

All teasing aside, I do feel that if I am ever to get a serious handle on losing the rest of this extra weight then I am going to have to draw a line in both how much I eat but also what I eat. I am moving in that direction. I don't like to put limits on everything that I eat but again I am reading this book with an open mind and that is what I can share at this time.

I especially like DJ sharing. I clicked with that.

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Linda used yummy desserts as an example but this can be applied to any food/dish. I have heard of the 2 bite scenario in other books, plans, etc.

I can sit down to a really good dish/meal I've prepared and the first two bites are delicious and by the time I've eaten the whole thing I have noticed it has lost that initial 'yum' impact/thought/sensation. I've been practicing eating 'mindfully' for a while (well - off and on with it like everything else!) and when I do I notice the first 2 bites ... then notice later I'm not as 'into' the food as I thought ... then a bit later notice I actually 'could' stop eating ... but I think then is when the thought 'don't waste food' comes into play. I need to downsize my servings ... that would take care of the prob ... though I then have in the back of my mind the No S rule: no seconds! ha! And heaven forbid I walk away hungry - ha! (Why do I even have that 'fear' as I've never truly been hungry in my life!!!! Certainly not like so much of the world is!).

It happens I made strawberry popsicles and they were ready just in time for this chapter. I had bought 'toddler' popsicle molds - they happen to be just 2-3 bites for an 'adult'. There were six molds - I used six strawberries, a little bit of soymilk, some liquid stevia drops to sweeten a bit/blended and put in freezer. When I tried one it was DELICIOUS and 'enough' ... had they been full size 'adult' popsicles I could eat ALL on a hot day - ha! But I had the 2 bite test in mind and I was satisfied and cooled off enough to stop ... and this is only a portion of my daily fruit which made it even better - ha!

Now would this work with me and malasadas? I don't even want to try right now - ha!

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I paid attention to how I felt about the first two bites of each of my meals today. I have to say that the third, fourth, fifth, and all the subsequent bites were just as enjoyable, tasty, interesting.

I will not buy food to throw it away!

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I am a big fan of the First Two bites. When we eat out, we order a dessert and split it. I take 2 bites, and DH is happy to finish it off. I don't do desserts at home. I have employed this method at the last pot luck I went to, adapted to 2 tsp of each dish. That was a good thing!

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Day 15, 100 days First two bites

Hmmm- I don't have desserts in the house...
But if i go out I will try that. I will eat two bites and see how I feel. Maybe share a dessert with someone instead of ordering two.

But agree not to throw it . will use doggie bag if leftovers other wise i will let whoever I share with have the rest.

I will pay attention to the food tastes today.

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Day #15 First Two Bites
Some of the lessons in this book are so simple, maybe I need to make a "cheat sheet" of the ones that I wish I'd remember every day and just read it!
It makes life easier when I remember that the first two bites have the most flavor any time I can't seem to resist trying something.
emoticon Reading what Maribeth said makes my "cheat sheet" a good idea. I will print it out, add some cute decorations, get it laminated and make a placemat out of it!


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1) I will pay close attention to the first two bites of everything I eat today. If I feel it is not worth it I will throw it out, (or pack it away). Since I am at work today I will focus on this at dinner time. I can’t throw out my food at work as I will have nothing to eat… and I don’t want my blood sugar to drop. I make a pretty healthy lunch.

2) Choose one of my favorite foods and focus on the details and tastes in the first two bites… appreciate the flavors. Then stop eating it, and get rid of it. Write down the details of the experience.

emoticon Hmmm….

Well I do not have any foods like that in the house right now. But we are getting ice cream Friday as it is my daughter’s 16th birthday. I will try this out. I will only take a little and focus on it. If she decides she wants to go out to eat I will focus on this there too.

Her family celebration is in July. Too many finals and regents right now. I will use this rule then too. emoticon

BUT…. It is mentally difficult for me to stop eating if I really like the food. Throwing it out???? EEEKS… wasting yummy stuff????

Maybe I can put it in a container and have two bites again later that day or the next day?

Hmmm… I would have to write the food in my magic notebook and see if it fits my plan. I have to protect my plan.

emoticon I have been the same weight for 3 days now so words from FWTS are helping me right now.

emoticon My body is healthier even though the scale may not change. I am not going to eat more ice cream just because the scale has not changed. I will savor the first two bites!


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Day 15, 100 days First two bites
emoticon emoticon emoticon Sue and Sunny
I am going to make a placemat: "Nothing tastes better than that first two bites. Chew slowly and enjoy flavor and texture" I want my brain to think about the nutrients I am giving my body.

I have taken two bites of brownies and thrown the rest away. I also had to spray it with windex. This reminds me of Miranda on Sex and the City...check out the video!
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I am making a conscious effort to concentrate on just the food I am eating .. whether it is "fuel or filler." Today, I sat at the kitchen table to eat my yogurt for breakfast .. and I truly tasted it. Hmmm .. I CAN do this for 100 days!

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First two bites.

I read this earlier and decided to try eat. I like the idea of not feeling deprived while continuing my weight loss efforts.

When we eat out,we order a dessert, and I have a couple of bites, I find I am satisfied with that. At home I have come up with a couple of Meal Enders- like a square of dark 60% cocoa, again it is enough.

This is probably one of the most powerful suggestions that I have adopted into my healthy eating plan.

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My plan to try this exercise Saturday night fell through, but I still have it in the back of my head to try when the opportunity presents itself again.

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Stay in the moment.

We swear we eat foods coz we love food ... how can we say that when for the most part we inhale our food and never taste it???

S L O W down and savor the taste. Then it only takes a few bites.

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I have found this a challenging day to do but will try to use it to slow down my eating in future.

I ate two bites of a ricecake which was extra to I had planned for breakfast, chewed really well and enjoyed but then threw it away no problem!
And at break I planned to have a chocolate biscuit in the Staff Room at work but decided on a Chocolate Chip biccy. I didn't really want this biscuit so it wasn't hard to discretely throw the rest away. I did enjoy the bits I ate and enjoyed eating them slowly.

It could have been harder to only have 2 bites of a food I really enjoyed so will try to work on this in future.
I do recognied that I can eat too fast and will try to use this day's lesson



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Day 15: Two Bites
I have experimented with this several times and have found that two bites are really satisfying; it is really hard to convince myself that the third bite won't be just as good though. I eat very few sweets now but sometimes I take two bites of hubs dessert and I'm fine.

It isn't quite that easy when dessert is in a bowl or on a plate in front of me! I can do it; but I feel a sense of loss when I quit. That is why sweets are very rarely part of my eating plan now. That is my choice now; maybe when I master the skill of just eating "enough" then I will be able to have sweets more often.

Do people today still have a concept of "enough" of anything??

So kudos to Linda; she has explained something that it is important to understand. I just haven't fully learned the lesson and I am sure I will be coming back to it.

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I agree, the first two bits are the most enjoyable. I will try to remember this lesson from now on, but it is a challenge.

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emoticon I did it. I enjoy my food and like to put a lot in my salads to add texture and flavors. Chocolate is my go to treat and this was hard.

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I agree that the first two bites are the most flavorful and satisfying, but stopping at that point is something I am still working on. That takes a lot of self control and discipline. Usually, I do much better not taking the first bite!

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Enjoyed reading all the great posts!

I still have not taken two bites of something Really delicious and then thrown the rest away. But I did my first time through, as suggested, (and as often as I can remember to do it now) close my eyes and really savor and delight in the texture and taste of different foods.

Doing this helps me to slow down and appreciate what I am eating. Whenever I do this, I never feel guilty. When I eat mindlessly, I feel jipped and sorry. All those calories and so little appreciation. emoticon

I now deliberately choose to savor 2 to 4 bites of a restaurant shared, super high cal dessert and leave the rest for everybody else or to stop at 1 bite when the dessert is not that great. Still working at what happens at home though. And yes, Diana, Planning and Tracking is exactly what I need to keep doing. emoticon emoticon



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This is perfect for me today. My husband made a peach upside down cake and I need to savor a few bites rather than just gulp the whole thing down.

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I remember trying this with chocolate buttons the first time around and then having deprivation dreams about the rest of the packet.
Over the last year I have got way better at not simply eating up because the food is there.
I think the message is to slow down and savour what we have on our plate.
Also - Plan and track!

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Day 15: First Two Bites

Hmm, funny that this is today's topic as I wish I had read this last night. My husband came home with four KitKat chunky bars and I lost my willpower. emoticon I decided to eat one very slowly (instead of my usual method of inhaling!) and it was only after I had eaten TWO whole bars that I realized I would have been satisfied with just a taste. Seriously!

I know I shouldn't have eaten two bars but in reality it was a teachable moment so I'm letting go of my guilt.


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Two bites; you've got to be kidding me! I wish I could stop at just two bites and that is a goal that I some day hope to reach, but for now I am better off avoiding deserts as much as I can.

Actually, desert is one of those I USED TO BE LIKE THAT things from Day 1. "I use to eat desert all the time, but now I rarely even think about it" . However, if I do have a desert, like I did the other day, I seem to have no control. I knew there was going to be desert at this luncheon and I had an ongoing debate with myself about whether or not I would have any. I decided to eat it and as I suspected it was not all that good, but did I stop when I realized it? No I did not emoticon I was grateful that my overall calorie intake for the day was right on target so those extra calories were not going to kill me, but that's not the point is it!

I'm will have an opportunity this weekend at a Holiday Party to see if I can do this assignment.

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