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Chapter 6. Body Wisdom (cont.); enjoying your food MORE

This chapter is all about understanding how body wisdom (listening to the body) and The Wisdom Diet can actually help us to enjoy our food MORE, not less.

The notion of ‘Conscious Eating’ is introduced as a way to help us observe whether we are actually getting the enjoyment out of eating the foods that we think we are.

Chewing your food is often a good indication.  If you’re not chewing your food properly, the chances are you’re not eating consciously – and so you’re not actually consciously experiencing the enjoyment that you think you are.

You’ll also be degrading your health and digestion too, of course.

The Africa Retort

I also explain what I call ‘The Africa Retort’, which will be familiar to many as a reason why we ’should’ eat all our food, even if we are not hungry or if we are already full up.

If we cannot eat something for the right reasons, then doing so for the wrong reasons is no better than throwing that food in the bin.  In fact, it is actually worse, because eating that excess or unwanted food leads to obesity and disease.

“The problem is, I recently observed, in my own self-awareness, that ‘the Africa Retort’ was still taking its toll on me thirty years later. I was eating food I didn’t want, when I was stuffed, simply because I didn’t want to throw it away, and felt bad about the idea.” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

There is no benefit or ‘up-side’ to eating anything for the wrong reasons.  But there is a down-side.  And so, for our purposes here, this crippling notion of eating things for the wrong reasons simply because it seems less wasteful to do so, inhibits our efforts of ideal weight management.  We have to accept the fact that, if food is not wanted, and cannot be stored, then it is already wasted.  Forcing it down someone’s neck doesn’t ever change that.

“If nobody wants the food then it is already wasted. The only question is which bin it goes in – the plastic one or the one attached to your throat.” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

All Eating Experiences Are Not The Same

Finally, the chapter explains that eating the same food doesn’t always lead to the same level of experience – and this can be for a variety of different reasons.

In The Wisdom Diet, we use a development of this awareness to help us to realise that, as much as anything, an eating experience may or may not be enjoyable because of the reasons why we do it, the way we feel at the time, and so forth.

In particular, we notice how much more we enjoy the food when we are really hungry, and how, if we try or expect to get the same kind of feeling when we eat when we aren’t actually hungry, we are understandably disappointed.  And so, when we have this awareness, we can often save ourselves the bother – and the calories.

…you see, it’s all about enjoying food more

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"Remember, I said dieting had nothing to do with food? That's true. If you get your head AND heart right, everything else will follow." - James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

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