Why Do We Eat Even Though We Don’t Like the Food?
How often have you taken a bite of food expecting it to be good but it wasn’t? What did you do? Did you eat it anyway? Perhaps. I have. Yes, I’ve been there, done that. But if you don’t love it why eat it?
What is it about taking a bite, not loving it, yet eating it regardless? Why do it?
Do me a favor.
If you don’t love it why eat it?
Treat your body with respect. For some there may be no choice—there may be no other food to eat. That’s not the audience I’m speaking to.
For the millions where there is a choice, no one will mind if you throw the food away. It’s challenging. My clients tell me. They don’t want to waste food and they feel the guilt.
On a business trip Heather asked for a piece of toast with breakfast. One piece. The waiter brought her three. Prior to our work together Heather would have either eaten all three or at least two and taken the third with her. The restaurant served too much. It wasn’t Heather’s fault they wasted food. She recognized that, ate her one slice and threw the other two away.
Heather was able to eat mindfully and enjoy the one slice. What freedom.
Savor the flavor
Imagine receiving a gift—a box of chocolates, great chocolates—something you expect to be wonderful. You take a bite and it is what you expected. It’s a party in your mouth as my friend Cindy Kleckner would say. Savor the flavor and enjoy it. Take advantage of how wonderful it is. What a treat.
If however, the chocolates are not what you expected, don’t feel entitled to eat them. No one will benefit from you eating something you don’t love. Don’t love it? Don’t eat it.
I give you permission to…
Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach