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Heartwings Love Notes 836 - The Three Bite Strategy: How Much Is Enough?

Heartwings says, "When you focus on the taste, you may eat less."

When my children were small I used to insist they eat at least three bites of anything they thought they didn't want to eat at all. My
theory was that by my having them do that, that they would grow up to eat a broad variety of foods. I was even bold enough to insist
that any visiting friends do the same. No one ever seemed to make too much of a fuss over this, nor did I get any bad feedback from
my children for doing that either.

Some children use food as a kind of bargaining chip or power play. Mine didn't thank goodness. Nor did I tell them my mother used
to say to me: Eat your (beans, eggs, etc.) there are little children starving in China who would love to have what you have on your
plate. I wasn't allowed to get up from the table until I had finished whatever it was I was supposed to eat. No three bite rule for me!
When it was liver, which I hated with a passion, I resorted to cutting it up in small pieces and swallowing them whole with my milk.

Working with a limited budget, my well intentioned mother tried her best to make nourishing meals. I did grow up to be healthy, so it
must have worked. However when I was eight I became chubby and stayed that way. Like many I have tried a number of different
ways to slim down, slenderize, or otherwise lose weight. Some methods were more successful than others, like portion control.
Success is linked to calories in, calories out. Less consumed means more taken from what is stored in the body, to make up for it.
This is sensible.

In my search for dietary strategy I came across another very good suggestion. It's called the Three Bite Rule. You can have three
bites of anything highly caloric you want to eat, and you can eat anything highly caloric you wish to as long as those three bites are
all you eat. It's also true that after three bites you really do not get the same taste experience as you do from your first three. This is
especially true of anything cold like ice cream, but also of sweet things. The real test though is to be able to put down your fork or
spoon after the third bite and count yourself satisfied. When you do this, you're creating a habit that allow for both pleasure and
discipline, an excellent combination.

May you enjoy what you eat regardless how much or how little you have.

P.S. I am always happy to hear from you dear readers, let me know your dietary strategies or anything else you wish to share.

I love to hear from readers and would be honored if you would comment and let me know any suggestions or thoughts. If a friend sent you this, you can sign up at my web site, www.heartwingslovenotes.com, where more love notes can be found in the archives.

Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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