If You Want to be Naturally Thin, Make Food Special
In a restaurant or at a spa, you pay to have your food made special. It looks beautiful and is fun to eat. So why shouldn’t you do that for yourself at home? If your food is really worth it, you’ll be more likely to pay attention and let eating become an experience.
Consider the humble cheese sandwich. You can throw a slice of cheese onto a piece of bread and eat it, and that will do if you are starving. But what if you toasted a really high-quality piece of whole-grain bread, spread it with Dijon mustard, gently melted a slice of low-fat cheese on it, added a fresh slice of bright red tomato, and seasoned it with a little salt and pepper? This is a snack that will taste so much more interesting and special, with hardly any more effort. You might not really notice the taste of the plain cheese on the plain bread, but when you make the food special, that food will get your attention and you’ll eat more consciously.
To make a salad, don’t just grab some iceberg lettuce out of a bag. Choose fresh crisp greens, then top them with a sprinkle of nuts or shaved Parmesan, or a few crumbles of feta cheese. Add fresh or dried herbs, lemon zest, and just a splash of your favorite dressing.
Don’t just pour milk over cereal in a mug for breakfast. Sprinkle almonds and raisins on your cereal, then add milk and a drizzle of maple syrup, for a hearty breakfast treat.
Taking a little extra time to make your meal special will help you to feel so much more satisfied and content with your food.
This is an excerpt from Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel, available on Amazon.com.