It took me a long time to realize that I was missing a secret ingredient in my quest to lose weight. The Italians knew about this ingredient. They cook with it every day. No Italian meal would ever be created without it. Do you know what it is?
The secret missing Italian ingredient you need to lose weight, is LOVE.
I don’t know how many times I’ve thrown food down my throat, with very little thought about it’s preparation, it’s origins or even it’s content. Food for so many years was a source of anything but nutrition and enjoyment. It was a means to an end.
But it wasn’t until just recently when I read an article about how the Italians cook with love, that I understood that food could be so much more. From the selection and handling of food, to the preparation and presentation of food, to the consumption of food, the Italians are passionate about their food. Food is always a cause of celebration, of bringing family members together, and is always mixed with fun and laughter.
Casanova himself was reported to have said, “Sex is like eating and eating is like sex.”
Need I say more on the subject of food and love?
Now practicality must intervene. We can’t host an Italian Festival whenever we want to eat. But there are a few little things we can do to spice up our relationship with food and help us lose weight as well.
When you’re in the vege section, don’t just grab any old vegetable. Really look for the most attractive foods you can find. Turn them over, inspect them. Make sure they are worthy of your dinner plate.
When you’re preparing your food, be calm and think loving thoughts.
I know a few dinners I’ve prepared in anger were about as tasty as a pair of old boots. Food seems to know when it’s being loved or not. Think Jamie Oliver NOT Gordon Ramsay.
For some reason it just tastes better. My Mum always says that the success of a meal is in the presentation. And it’s so true. Don’t slap your food together like a dog’s breakfast. Put some love into it. It really doesn’t take that much imagination to make your food look beautiful.
And lastly, slow down and enjoy your food.
When was the last time you actually tasted your food? And I mean really tasted your food.
One of the reasons why you lose weight when eating in this way, is that when you slow down to savor your food, your stomach as a chance to signal you when you’re starting to feel full. When you eat too fast, your stomach doesn’t have a chance to keep up with your fork so it can only send you a message when you’re stuffed! And this doesn’t help you lose weight.
So add a little love to your food. You’ll be amazed how this one simple ingredient can help you lose weight.
Gotta run and do Yoga!
Hope you enjoyed this post. Would love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. If you’re wondering what this post is all about, you’ll need to start at the beginning on Day 1. That post explains my crusade here.
Hope to see you again : )
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