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Thank you Sunny! I too need to eat more "purposefully"!

Day #15 First Two Bites

You may not realize it but 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.

Most of the time I will admit that I eat too fast and do not take the time to pay attention to the flavor and texture of what I'm eating. Thank heavens I don't eat dessert very often!
Today I will remember to slow down and taste my food as I eat.
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I made a special birthday breakfast for my hubby today and had foods we don't normally have. I have to say I really enjoyed those first two bites :-) In most foods that is where our senses are awakened and are not so sharp afterwards. This lesson is about finding satisfaction and enjoyment in what we eat.

I believe we were created to enjoy the things around us but we have corrupted so much of it that what we enjoy can be twisted and cause us or others harm. I want to be more purposeful in my eating, that I do it for fuel and enjoyment- not because I'm trying to medicate myself against some emotional issue or because I have no self control. One day at a time.

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Day 15 - First two bites

In the lesson for day 15 Linda wrote about how the first two bites of food will always have the most flavour and how after that you are just "feeding". She then suggests that after having the first two bites perhaps you don't need to have any more. Most of the discussion does seem to relate to dessert foods; although it isn't made clear if this is only meant to be true for desserts or whether it is meant to apply to all food.

1. Choose one of your favorite foods such as carrot cake, and then focus on all the details and tastes of the first two bites. Let yourself appreciate the flavors. Write down the food you choose for this exercise.

I tried this with a date which has become a favourite food recently. There were only about four bites worth in the date, and every biteful was filled with flavour, tasted delicious and kept me wanting more and I didn't feel any sense of just "feeding".

2. After the first two bites, stop eating and get rid of the rest of the food. In the space below, describe your response to this experience.

Hmm I ate the date! but for the purposes of this ... I may try the experiment on Friday with dessert when I have a dinner out to attend.

3. 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. Write a few notes below.

I tried it with my salad and found that there were bites well after the first two where I thoroughly enjoyed and was surprised by the taste and texture; partly because it had so many different textures and flavours that it wasn't repetitive. I tried with a sandwich and I suppose it did become just food after the first two bites; although it wasn't really that interesting from the beginning. The other day I had a different kind of sandwich where it was interesting the whole way through which makes me think that a lot of the impact of those first few bites have more to do with what we are eating - is it all just the same; does it have different textures? does it have different flavours? do things balance? or is it all just more of the same ... and when it is all just more of the same then I see the idea of two bites might have more impact.

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Day 15
FIRST TWO BITES

I have been "stuck" on this lesson for several days now. I guess I have been grappling with trying to get something productive out of it. That's just not coming. So, perhaps it would be more productive to finally voice how much this chapter ticks me off so I can move on.

"You may not realize it, but the first two bites of any food will always have the most flavor." BULLSH*T! I'm sorry, but what is the basis for this statement? Was there some replicable scientific study done that reaches this conclusion? Is it based on a comprehensive survey of anecdotal evidence? What about all of the outliers? "...if you want to appreciate the flavor, be aware that no matter how much you eat, the taste won't get any more wonderful than those first two bites." Obviously, the actual chemical composition of the food does not change from the first bite to the last, but our EXPERIENCE of the flavor can differ. It can differ not only from person to person but also differ within an individual from one time to the next.

I want to respond, "You may not realize it, but you are NOT my taste buds or brain, and you have no concept of how I experience flavors." My unhealthy pattern of eating a treat is to wolf down the first part of it because it tastes so good, and THEN to slow down and really savor the nuances of the flavors. Which means that my middle to end bites have MUCH more (experienced) flavor than those first two bites. It's not that I'm just not enlightened enough to realize the author's claim that the first two bites have more flavor, it's that it's absolutely not true in my experience.

Now, if there actually is some scientific evidence that really does show that the way our sensory neurons fire for the first two bites actually IS stronger. Then that is worthy of discussion. That means that I have a large disconnect between my biological sensory experience and the way that I am able to perceive it. Then there could be a discussion of finding ways to bridge this gap. However, making unsubstantiated claims and then defending them with "you just don't realize it" is counterproductive, amateur, and aggravating.

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One of the principles of mindful eating is to savor and enjoy every bite. THAT is a lesson I've found valuable to try to incorporate and strive to do on a regular basis. I can work on slowing down, avoiding distractions, and savoring the experience of each bite. This strategy makes smaller portions much more fulfilling for me. Adopting this strategy over time may allow me to be satisfied with just having two bites of something.

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So, it's not that I'm opposed to the concept of trying to be satisfied with just sampling a treat. But I am completely put off by the way the author approaches and tries to justify the idea. I also find it absolutely ridiculous to encourage us to go out of our way to buy a treat and then discard most of it. Have you ever tried to get someone on a tight budget to take out a five dollar bill and tear it to shreds? I'd rather give away $20 than completely waste $5. I flirted with the idea of buying a treat, eating just a couple of bites, and then putting the rest "away" in my fridge or freezer to sample more of later in the week. However, this would set me up for disaster. I'd tell myself after only a little while, that I'd just have two more bites and stop. Then two more, then two more.... until it was gone.

Instead of the approach of obtaining a large portion of something and then trying to discard the rest, I'd potentially have more success with obtaining just a tiny portion in the first place and savoring it. I'd have more luck with trying to be satisfied with a small sliver of cake than eating two bites of a large slice and then dumping the rest. If I had proven success with this method over time, THEN I might be ready to tackle the challenge of obtaining a larger portion treat but only eating a small portion.

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I love this lesson from the previous times I have read it. Being mindful and appreciating flavors of the foods you love is so important, instead of mindlessly taking handful after handful of snacks or bite after bite of a dessert. I do agree that the first two bites are the most flavorful. Stopping there is tough, as I grew up being a member of the clean plate club, and learning not to waste food (from parents who grew up in the Depression.) There are ways to solve this though. Taking a small portion of a salty snack and locking the rest up in a cabinet we have in the garage, getting a dessert at a restaurant and sharing it with others, or just taking a small amount of a few appetizers at a party. it's all about being aware of the food you are eating. Yesterday I messed up; my hubby is a chocoholic and he bought a big bag of milk chocolate covered almonds at Sam's Club. He brought it out last night and i had a couple handfuls. He is eating them again right now, and I said no thank you. I had lunch a little while ago and I am not hungry. But I am going to have three of them later this afternoon and savor the taste (they are small so I figured three is like two bites.) We are going to a Mexican themed party later on, as well (to watch football.) i know there will be a lot of tempting food there. I am going to limit myself to a small plate of a few snacks, and if there is a dessert I will either pass or take two bites, depending if it is something i really love.

Update: I went to the Mexican-themed football game party, and am very proud of the choices I made. I mostly had raw veggies with guacamole for appetizers. I had a small portion-size for dinner. I chose to have two bites of cheesecake (from my dh's plate, so I didn't have to throw any away, and I savored the creamy sweet texture and taste. It satisfied me. Then I had a big spoonful of berries.

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I do not buy things I can not eat - the food banks make us take breads and swets and I give them away as fast as I can - very hard to do LOL........ if I go to a group meeting I do have a small piece of what ever sweets they have and I am fine ... I do keep 60% cocoa at home in case sweet tooth kicks in and it is ok .. don't even want the whole oz we can have as a snack - just eat real food .. do not eat out - take lunch

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Okay, I haven't done the experiment with eating just two bites and then giving the rest away. I do often bake cookies and take them to work so I won't eat the whole batch. The one thing I truly binge on is fresh bread. When I bake wheat bread, I almost always make two loaves, and I almost always eat nearly one whole loaf while it is fresh and hot from the oven. It's hardly a balanced diet, and it fills me so full that I don't eat anything else for the better part of a day afterwards, but it will never again taste as good as while it is still tender and steaming hot. I'm not sure I really want to break the habit, honestly.

When I tend to overeat and regret it is when I eat mindlessly. Then I'll eat things I don't even like - if they're within reach I'll just eat until they're gone and not even remember shoving it all into my face. The best strategy for this I learned from SparkPeople: what I keep nearby is a bottle of sparkling water. I actually like it, and no matter how much I consume, I don't feel crappy afterward.

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Thanks for your answer Wanda - we're complicated beings, aren't we?!

Well done Abby - that's a great result for this activity. I'm sure nectarines are not going to blow your diet ;)

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I'm doing catch-up today as I was far too tired to do this yesterday so I did it today.

Day 15 - First two bites

I had some red velvet cupcakes in the freezer. So I took one out and cut it in half for this exercise because I wasn't going to throw any away. This is one of my favorite cakes at the moment, it changes over time. I slowly took a bite and the first thing I noticed is that there was way too much frosting on it. Any more I prefer it with very little or no frosting. Anyway, it was okay, eating it was not as rewarding as I had anticipated it to be and I didn’t really want anymore than 2 bites, Maybe because I no longer eat as many sweets as I use to. So I guess I can go ahead and throw the other half away now. On the other hand, last week I had some nectarines that were “to die for” and I would not have stopped after just 2 bits!

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I'm not actually sure but I often have a meat or vegetable craving. Even many years ago I used to cook a bag of frozen spinach or green beans as a snack! LOL I also often notice that my plate has more meat on it than someone else's.

Also, there was no marinade or barbecue sauce but I did use a savory rub that contained no sugar. Maybe those spices piqued my appetite, I'm not sure.

Bottom line...I probably just like to eat. I do sometimes get sweet cravings and I can binge but those times are rare.

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That's very interesting Wanda - for most of us it's either the sugar/fat - or the salt/fat combos that trigger a binge (for some it's also carbs like bread) - but I think meat is probably less common - was it actually the pork, or the BBQ marinade that kept you going back? was it a salt/fat combo that made it irresistible?

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I've done this lesson before and have been successful...this time not so much. I tried it successfully with dark chocolate; I was much less successful with a barbecued pork roast, ate 4, yes 4, slices. Each was probably 4-5 bites.

The issue for me is that sweets are only occasionally going to make me want to binge. Savory stuff is much more likely to do so. I guess I should be glad that it was protein this time because I'm always trying to push my protein intake up. I think extra protein is important as lwe grow older.

Actually I could have just kept eating that roast like some people can't stop eating potato chips!

Ophelie, Good for you!

Also, kudos to those who recognize that some lessons just aren't meant for them. I think there were a few lessons that I skipped in previous efforts and may just now be ready to try. Proof of growth??

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Oh Debbie - I do feel for you - that's what I'm like! I really suggest you don't even try Day #16 - I've been over-eating this weekend just thinking about this stuff!

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Day 15 Two Bites

I gave the "first two bites" a try yesterday (I'm posting a day late). I bought myself some of my favourite foods....I TRIED to have only two bites and savour each one. I managed to do the savouring part but was not remotely successful at stopping at the two bites. Out of my brain flew the lessons learned thus far, not one thought of self-control, not one care of what the consequences would be for my body and soul. So here I am post-binge day (it was only in the early evening not the whole day - so that's a positive I suppose) ready to head into Day 16 and move forward.

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1. Choose one of your favourite foods such as carrot cake, and then focus on all the details and tastes of the first two bites. Let yourself appreciate the flavours.
Cherry turnover. We bought some yesterday, that definitely would be it!

2. After the first two bites, stop eating and get rid of the rest of the food. In your notebook, write down the details about this experience.
I kind of cheated. i cut down a small piece that is 2 bites, and had that. I could not bring myself to waste it.... BUT, I did not eat more than 2 bites!

3. 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.
I did notice that the first 2 bites are more intense, but it also meant blocking off the kids talking, and everything else going on during lunch. Not very likely to happen every meal...

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OK, I think I'm up to date with putting my lesson on line. Hope to keep it that way.
Not doing good with the eating, still a struggle, but I'm working on it....

Day 15 - First two bites


Here are today's suggested activities:

1. Choose one of your favourite foods such as carrot cake, and then focus on all the details and tastes of the first two bites. Let yourself appreciate the flavours.
My favorite foods would be cookies or cakes or bread, but I don't even want to get one of those as I don't have the will power for just two bites.

2. After the first two bites, stop eating and get rid of the rest of the food. In your notebook, write down the details about this experience.
I could never do this with my favorite foods - sorry!

3. 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.
I was able to notice the difference with the first two bites of food VS the bites after that and if I really concentrate on the food I am eating I can see the difference. Only problem is that in reality it is almost impossible to take that kind of time eating food and noticing these thing on a regular basis.


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I totally understand Deb - you might like to read Day #16 before you go to bed - and do both days together!

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In all honesty I can't do it today. Throwing away food just goes against my values. So I could do it if I had someone who could finish it for me. Like at a party or out to eat when I could take a small piece and take 2 bites. Anyway won't be happening at my house today. If there is a treat at work I can take a 2 bite piece and do it that way - so we shall see. I will let you know tomorrow if there were any treats at work.

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Well, I agree with you Maria! and you Cat! some of us can't take the risk - it's just not worth it!

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Oh by the way since my last doctor visit 3 weeks ago, I have lost 6 lbs.

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I believe this activity would be much easier if we could take 2 bites and then allow someone else to finish the rest.

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This is a tough one for me but I am doing better each time through the 100DWL. Two bites never works for me when it comes to trigger foods. At my best, I avoid those foods except possibly on special occasions. Options are: none, share with DH, or a small serving of my own. I've learned if I feel too deprived it can be my undoing.

Food has less control over me than it used to but, I am best to "not even start". The small square of chocolate over time becomes two....Maybe if I weren't such a lazy tracker and made myself more accountable.

I've been thinking about what Linda said about "feeding" and after the first two bites the taste won't get any better. Very interesting and something for me to think more about. emoticon emoticon emoticon





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Welcome back Pamela! (I have a mug that says 'I love my computer' on it - my son bought it for me - what would we do without the internet connections we have, eh?!)

Awesome posts everyone - I'm really surprised at how many people CAN actually do this one! Tomorrow is very similar to this one - might be worth taking a peek now!

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This is MONAMOM's post for Day 15 (posted on the Day 14 thread - so I thought I'd copy it over to here) - she has had a great Day 15!

Day 15: First Two Bites

Today’s assignment:
~~1. Choose one of your favorite foods such as carrot cake, and then focus on all the details and tastes of the first two bites. Let yourself appreciate the flavors. Write down the food you choose for this exercise.
~~I did this with a brownie yesterday. I was at my granddaughter's taking care of Cooper. She had made brownies for her husband's lunch. I decided to taste a 1" square. It was SO good but I did not want any more.
~~2. After the first two bites, stop eating and get rid of the rest of the food. In the space below, describe your response to this experience.
~~I put them where I couldn't see them and truly did not have a desire to "hunt" for something I knew I shouldn't have. Was very empowering.
~~3. 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. Write a few notes below.
~~I had a cheddar cheese omelet this morning and the first two bites with the warm melted cheese and egg were scurmptious!! Also had some grapes and they tasted so sweet and good. Will continue doing this the rest of the day.

Edited by: MONAMOM at: 8/15/2015 (18:00)

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I had two bites of one of my daughter's pink wafer biscuits. I think they were probably larger bites than they should have been! emoticon I really thought I liked these biscuits.
My girl happily ate the rest of the wafer.

They were sweet and a little chewy, they were nice but also made me realise that I wouldn't want any more even if they are the only sweet food available. In fact I will not want any more of them.

Don't know if I could do this with chocolate!

An interesting exercise.

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I'm baaack! My iPad is fixed, so I won't have to growl while using my phone for Internet necessities - and skipping what isn't essential. I've been doing the book, just not posting.

Today will be a stretch. I've heard this statement about 2 bites before, but never chosen to pay attention to it. I hear those of you who object to throwing food out, believe me. And I fear finding out that I'll be like Gill, wanting more More MORE after stopping after two bites.

At least I do have a good test food on hand, and a normal-weight husband who will gladly eat the rest for me. So, this afternoon, it will be 2 bites of a giant chocolate, chocolate chip muffin. We've never eaten a whole one, always cut them in half. But only 2 bites? Well, I joined this team to be challenged!

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I love the idea of this challenge - I don't know if I'll encounter something I want to eat just two bites of today, but I plan to keep this in mind for when I do encounter a treat that is a temptation like that. I did well with a similar situation yesterday - a coworker was retiring, and they had lots of goodies and pies lined up - but I knew that it wouldn't be worth it, and so I picked a couple of bites worth of what looked the best, and felt surprisingly satisfied with that. I ate slowly to try to draw it out, And went ahead and threw out my plate once I was done so that I couldn't wander over and get more food. Sometimes though if I have planned it into my calories, I want to have the whole dessert. But I enjoyed reading the entry - it's a good point that with most things, once you have the first couple of bites it isn't going to change too much. I will keep this idea in mind.

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Thank you, Gill! I appreciate the support!

I think all of us on this team are doing really well! Let's emoticon emoticon

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Chocolate, just chocolate. I love chocolate. It does not have to chocolate by itself, it can be mixed with caramel and nuts like in a snickers bar or as in a chocolate cupcake. I love milk chocolate, not bitter chocolate. I love chocolate chip cookies.

I can imagine how it would be, I have no chocolate in the house right now for this step. So IF I had kisses in the house, I would unwrap the foil and pop one in my mouth and let the heat of my mouth slowly melt the chocolate, so the sweet flavor of chocolate slowly fills my mouth so that I can savor each drop, until the chocolate is slowly gone and I am ready to do that all over again with the second piece.

Well that is how I eat Hershey Kisses, when I buy them. The good news for me is I do stop at one or two. I just don't have any sweets in the house and am not about to go buy some just to throw them out.

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Day 15 is a doozy. I don't think I can just take 2 bites of anything I really love to eat and then get rid of the rest. Just don't like the idea of wasting something. If I buy it, I am going to wind up eating it if no one else in the house does!
I am still thinking about what my food test would even be with. Maybe peanut M&M's or peanut butter fudge. I just don't know if I should even try this though. Feels like I would be playing with fire. I am definitely giving food to much power over me. Just thinking about this lesson has shown me that!
Wishing good luck to everyone who tries this. I'll let you know if I do and how it went. Just not convinced it is a good idea for me emoticon

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Hello Spanglers...I'm still reading, journaling and doing the exercises and will continue to post here mostly on weekends.

I have done something like 1 and 2 with chocolate. I'll buy a bar, break it up, eat a couple of bites, and then leave the rest in the teacher's room at the school. That's probably not helpful to other people at work who need to be restricting their intake of chocolate, though! So I don't do it often. I've generally gotten away from giving food as gifts.

I agree that the best strategy is just not to keep "trigger foods" like sweets and salty snacks in the house. I have been known to throw away partial packages when they have snuck in and I've felt the temptation to eat the whole thing. I hate to throw things away, so when I do that, I remember it and I'm less likely to bring the stuff into the house the next time.

RAWCOOKIE, I agree that with some foods, the first two bites theory kind of breaks down - for example, I'm having a burrito for lunch. One bite is mostly tortilla, one bite beans, the other has a bit more cheese and salsa. All of them yummy and good.

But #3 is a good suggestion to think more about what we're actually putting in our mouths and how it tastes. I'll be more mindful of the first two bites today!

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I won't be doing numbers 1 and 2.

I can't throw food away. It's just so wasteful to me. It even annoys me when other people throw food away. Just don't take it in the first place.
I rather not buy anything at all.

I don't keep favorites in the house.
If I went out and bought something just to take 2 bites out of it...I would have to save the rest. I would do good staying away from it during the day, but when evening came.....I would eat it, feel like a failure and go buy more for a full, blown-out binge.

I will be doing #3.
I never was one to eat for flavor. I can put a lot of food away really fast.




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emoticon Karen! That's a great example! Well done!

OPHELIE: Good luck!

Any of us who've 'done the book' before know that today, and tomorrow, are, perhaps, days we will choose NOT to do the activity. You have to know yourself. If you have time to read back through the thread, you will see that other theories about 'trigger' foods have been published since Linda wrote her original book.

I have certainly found that eating anything 'favourite' will trigger eating more of it - if not straight away, later on in the day.

I have a different eating system now (No S) which says No Sweets, No Snacks, on weekdays - but they are allowed at the weekends (and other very special days - like birthdays,Xmas). This is working really well for me and my 'triggers. For example, I've had a bag of biscuits (cookies) in the cupboard, left over from the team meeting, and during the week I just look at them (or even forget them!) and think - cookies? not today. At the weekend, I look at them and think - cookies? oh, yes, I can if I want.

Anyway - Linda's activity has two points I think; one is to learn to control our eating - and be able to STOP! the other is to pay attention to what we're eating, be mindful, and disassociate eating from emotions.

I just had a lovely croissant for breakfast - the first mouthful was lovely; and I'd say the last mouthful was lovely too!

So - I'm not doing activity 1. or 2. today - but I'll aim to do #3. and be mindful when I eat the first two bites.

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Day 15 - First two bites

I had an example of this tonight while out with friends. Before going to a music festival, I made sure I ate a light meal so that I would not be starving and tempted with all the fair food goodies. I drank a liter of water on the way to the festival. After arriving and walking around for a while, one of my friends bought a bag of corn tortilla chips. I LOVE corn tortilla chips. The old me would've bought a bag for myself and then buzzed through the whole thing in one sitting!

Instead, tonight, I took only 2 chips - yes, really, only 2 chips - from my friend's bag, and munched on them slowly, noticing the flavor and texture. Then I kept thinking about the amazing progress I've made in the last two months and how my next weigh-in is coming up.... and I did not want any more chips. I enjoyed the 2 chips - the two "bites" - and it was enough. emoticon

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oh boy, here we go again! The first 2 bites. I was unable to do that the first time around. I already know what I will be applying it to tomorrow. Hopefully, I do not "chicken out"...

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15th August 2015

Day 15 - First two bites

Note: If you find your way to the beginning of this thread, which was started in 2011, you'll find inspiration from posts made about this activity. I have also posted a link to the blog on Linda's website, which has all the info from the book (and leads to other good reads if you're so inclined!)

Here are today's suggested activities:

1. Choose one of your favourite foods such as carrot cake, and then focus on all the details and tastes of the first two bites. Let yourself appreciate the flavours.

2. After the first two bites, stop eating and get rid of the rest of the food. In your notebook, write down the details about this experience.

3. 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.

Here's a link to the Day 15 blog, posted on Linda's Spark page
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Round 1, Day 15 - 100 Days of Weight loss by Linda Spangle
First two bites

The first 2 bites contain the most flavor, eating more is just "filling". The taste buds work that way. Therefore eat the first 2 bites very slowly, savoring then get rid of the rest (it's just extra calories). I definitely need to practice, practice, practice this.


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Take 2 - As a recovering binge eater ... this does work when life is good ... when life isn't ... well it isn't.

I just got back on track after several weeks of struggling ... so I'll save this lesson for when my eating is more stable.

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Well, I blew it - I didn't read the chapter until tonight...so to make up for it, I will focus on the details and tastes of the first two bites tomorrow instead and then throw the food away. I will do this along with my Day 16 lesson of throwing some food away and writing how it felt.

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Diana - what a great description - I swear chocolate has telepathic powers!

GOTTALUVPINK emoticon I'd say if it scares you - don't do it (but that's my fear talking so good luck with whatever you decide to do!) Reading this whole thread is quite enlightening if you have the time!

Oh, and by the way, I didn't do it! After my experience last time around I didn't want to go there again. However, I also 'forgot' to pay attention to the first two bites of each food I ate today.

I was watching an entertaining video on YouTube the other day about a guy making a raw pizza, all healthy stuff - and he said 'you can make it in slices, or in a whole pie - but no-one wants just a slice of pizza - it's not human!'
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I'm sitting here at work thinking about what I have at home to test this theory on.... I dont think I have anything!! LOL! Last weekend I cleared my pantry and fridge of all the tasty treats. I will just wait to try this when I have something in front of me. I have to admit... it kinda of scares me!
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Found something! Did it with chocolate buttons. Told myself I would have 2 and stop and I did so. Folded packet and tucked it back in cupboard.
Now, that's not really the same as 2 bites and throw, but it helped me prove I can stop if I set my mind to it and you are talking to a woman who ate her way through the top layer of a box of Thorntons Luxury Chocs at Xmas.
However.... ( Isn't there always a 'however' ?!).... I had to complete a Law Module for CPD today, wrestled with the test questions and afterwards had a short nap.
My dream? Chocolate Buttons. I could practically taste the things when I woke up!!!

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On the first round I did this with a piece of cheesecake. Now, I no longer crave cheesecake so I don't know what I would try it on.

For me, the two bites is a good strategy if I were at a buffet line at a party, to have just two bites worth of each item I am interested in, but for purposes of the exercise, it's not one of my favorites.

I will look for something to try it with today, and remind myself we have a similar two bite challenge tomorrow. If I don't do well on them, it's ok. Like Gil said, it's all learning and not all of the 100 lessons are applicable to everyone.


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I don't blame you at all! I found these lessons extremely difficult (if you are approaching this task, then taking time to read the entire thread might be reassuring!)

I can assure you all that if you keep working your way through the book, there will be some you just don't do - but it really doesn't matter - it's all learning. I still find that I'd rather not have a cookie or slice of cake, rather than eat 2 bites and put it aside. I think some people (like me I think) do have a biological 'addiction' to sugar and stuff - which does trigger more eating.


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