On one hand. we often short-circuit the enjoyment by gulping down our meal without really tasting it (how many times have you finished some delicous treat only to realize you hardly even tasted it?). Everyone seems to be on the run with never enough time so we eat on the fly, in our cars, at our desks, or standing at our kitchen counters.
On the other hand, we sacrifice flavor in the name of low-fat, high fiber fare and weight-loss diets. Can you still eat a piece of chocolate, or a high-fat ice cream cone without guilt undermining your enjoyment? I say when you decide to indulge, at least enjoy it!
The many different qualities of food are amazing: the crisp sweetness or tartness of an apple, the startling visual beauty of a kiwi, the sensual ruby-like seeds of a pomegranate, the crunch of a carrot, the flavor explosion of a single sac in a section of orange.
Do you ever feel stuck in a routine of consuming the same old foods week after week? Make a point of trying a new recipe a week with your family. Or invite friends and family over and try out a new cuisine that you haven't tried before. Try, try, try new things and don't rule out anything until you have tasted it.
Taste with your nose. Remember that flavor comes from your nose. If you bite into an apple ot an onion and pinch your nose closed, you can't tell the apple from the onion. I have found that sometimes smelling the food alone can satisfy my hunger for sensation, providing more pleasure and less calories!
Have you ever noticed that since eating is such an easily available pleasure, that you just reach for food? I have found that if I tune into what I really want to eat and go for it within reason, I end up eating a lot less because I have not tried to fill myself with pounds of other foods trying to satusfy my real craving.
Take a single piece of chocolate and pretend it is the last chocolate on earth. Imagine that you will never again have a chance to experience this food again. To fully enjoy it:
*Take a larger bite; see how it melts from solid to liquid in your mouth
*Savor the creamy feel of the chocolate as it melts at exactly body temperature