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Day 40 - Having an eating experience



1. Recall times when you’ve had some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special? Write a few notes about this.

I love it when all my family are home. My two older kids come home every few months, but when there is a special occasion, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, and we are all together, or/and we are also all together with my sister and her kids, I love being part of a generous delicious family meal where we are gathered together.

When either of my older kids are home, we almost always have a meal at my place with the farm kid too, who has her own place on the farm and cooks for herself most of the time. For Mother's day she invited DH and I to her place for breakfast.

Getting together as family is often about meals. Sometimes we go for a walk or hike together. When the kids were all home, another relationship-building activity was working together on the farm. I love working with my kids too, although, ironically, the kid who decided to stay on the farm is not always easy to work with, while the other two were easier in their day, maybe because it is different when you are helping than when you have ideas about how things should be run. I have to work at thinking of activities to do with the kids, I enjoy that and think it is important to not only have meals as our get together focuses. It was easier when they were younger and it was part of their growing up to do sports or 4-H or music and that was time we spent together going to their events.

2. Describe one or two of your most favorite types of eating experiences.

Besides family gathering meals, some of my other favourite eating experiences is when my hiking friends get together, we all bring a dish, and as we are all fitness and health minded people, the food is delicious and nutritious and sometimes has a dessert or two, but often doesn't other than fresh fruit. After eating, we have a games night. I love these get-togethers.

3. Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. After you finish the meal, record your favorite details from it.

Not something I can do right now or for a while, as there are no family gatherings (the two older kids aren't coming home for Thanksgiving this year due to career obligations) in sight before Christmas and my hiking group just met, so probably won't do anything more before the new year. At home, I keep trying to put quality nutrition, flavour and variety in my meals with DH. I don't have a very big meals repetoire and now that we are empty nesters, I am putting more of an effort into daily meals. I am always on the lookout for nutritious and flavourful meals - nutrition comes first.

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I hope my kids won't corelate food with warm emotional experiences or over-stuffing with generous availability of food. We, my sister and I, try to offer a generous, nutritious and flavourful spread so we can all enjoy what we eat, but hope everyone will eat to enjoy but not over-eat.

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~ Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special.
The people I was with, slowing down and enjoying flavors.

~ In your journal, describe one or two of your favorite types of eating experiences.
Will do.

~ Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. AFter you finish the meal, record your favorite details from it.
Will do.

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Phyllis, enjoy your day with your friend. Good work too!

Passing up the crusty breads - one of my weaknesses. On the plus side, I'm at least learning to limit the amount. I don't normally buy it unless we're having company. Otherwise, if it were sitting right there in my kitchen I'd be eating it.

Homegrown produce is just so good. I love being able to buy produce that's grown locally. Soon it won't be that way. Nothing we can do when the winter arrives. I still buy the produce but it certainly is not the same. The fruit isn't as sweet. Vegetables aren't the same - especially tomatoes. Nothing like a homegrown tomato.

I agree that we tend to over provide for events. I understand that 'you don't ever know how much you need.' I'd hate to run out, but on the other hand .... what a shame to have all that food there. Thank goodness for freezers! Send it home.





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Gill - Your comments are spot on! I was at a funeral of the mother-in-law of a good friend. I helped with the food and the clean-up. There was wayyyyyyyy too much food. It was ridiculous. The funeral was at 2pm, so clearly, after lunch. The reception was really for family. Her comment at the time was, "Well, you just don't ever know how much you need." It really could have been better planned. Later she told another friend that it was just perfect. A huge sum of money was spent on it. I was bothered by all of that. I think she feels a need to love people by having an abundance of food.

Like Linda, I've had some great times eating at restaurants. Disney World restaurants are my favorite - I especially love the ones that provide entertainment while I eat.

Also like Linda, I can feel lonely on holidays. At Thanksgiving, we sometimes open our doors to people who are also in town without family. I've learned to accept them even if they don't offer to bring food - not everyone can do that for different reasons.

I've learned that I like a little munch at the movies. I take my own low calories dark chocolate bar to enjoy and plan my eating for the day to accommodate that.

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Day # 40 Having an eating experience

I’m actually looking forward to having an eating experience today with a friend after we spend the afternoon collecting canned goods for United Way. Her husband is the head of that organization in our area and I help out when they have a food drive.

We will then share a meal at which I can choose what I like, pass up what doesn’t work for me and spend more time enjoying the company

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I think most people over-provide food at social functions/gatherings - which makes it hard. It's almost like we hark back to a time when 'feasting' would have been something significant, occasional, special. However, we live in a 'feasting' society all the time these days! You can literally have Xmas every day if you so desire!!!

I've been thinking a lot recently about what my diet would look like if I could only eat locally-grown produce. Yeah, think about that one!

I went to the Farmers' Market and met up with two friends for a coffee there yesterday. The market has a wide range of very attractive stalls - but apart from two - the vegetable stall and the salad-box stall, all the rest are baked goods, or sweet goods. Oh, there is an Indian food stall too - that's very good. There are tables piled with crusty loaves; displays of quiches and tarts; tables of cakes; stall selling chocolate in all it's different variations including raw. There is also meat and fish (although I don't eat those); olives; cheeses etc. We have started a little habit of meeting there for coffee and chat, then buying something to take home for lunch. Fortunately my friend is a healthy eater - so we buy a salad box, some mixed leaves, and then yesterday we bought an individual-size quiche and an individual Homity Pie. We also bought some organic strawberries.

All that delicious stuff can make me want to eat more - because it's all so very attractive.

Although my friend is a healthy eater - when I'm at her house for a meal, I'm a bigger eater than I'd be at home! I say 'yes' to the crusty bread and butter for example. It's easy to eat too much when you're being social too.

Anyway, just felt like sharing that even though it's not directly related to today's activity.

The eating experiences that I often crave (and resist mostly) are when I am on my own and feel celebratory - like after a long day at work, or after completing some task that was challenging - I still tend to desire a food treat as a 'reward'.

I've been trying much harder recently to sit at the table for all my meals - and to slow my eating down.

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Day 40, 100 days Having an eating experience

I love sitting at a table to eat but rarely have the opportunity these days! So it is always a special experience when we go out for meals and on holiday.

I do try to make meal times as relaxed and pleasant as possible and usually am relieved and happy when I have prepared food for all 5 people at my house and they are all happily eating it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Some of my most enjoyable eating experiences seem to happen at restaurants where the atmosphere is relaxed and there is good healthy food and good company. These times are special because the food is healthy, but also special -- and I'm not in charge of preparing it. There is plenty of time to visit with friends or family.

It's also nice at home when the immediate family is working together on an informal meal and a good time is spent together in the preparation of it. DH is not a cook, but both my sons love to be creative in the kitchen and it's fun to work with them (even though its a bit messier of an operation than when I'm on my own.) emoticon
Those meal experiences are enjoyable.


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Well, my eating experience today was very interesting (for me!). I ate lunch with a friend. We'd each bought something to eat from the local supermarket. I'd chosen a falafel and hummus wrap, a packet of chickpea puffs, and a fruit & nut bar. She'd chosen something different - so we each had 'control' over what we chose to eat.

We ate in her little garden room where she keeps all her art & craft equipment. We sat together companionable on the little chairs, looking out at the garden, and she shared some important personal information with me about her health............ so I listened very carefully, and ate slowly.

The most important things about this experience were (a) eating my choice of food (b) being able to be with my friend and support her by listening (c) enjoying the garden view (d) creating some art-work together. The important thing was the togetherness of friendship. The food I chose met nutritional needs, as well as being enjoyable textures and tastes.

Just a few posts below this, is my post from last December when I went out for a Xmas meal - I'm doing the same thing, with the same people, in the same cafe again tomorrow! I'm inspired by my own post from last year - my fears were unfounded and I had a lovely eating experience. I intend to do the same this year!

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Difficult time since so much focus for the holidays is on the food. Here we're focusing on decorations, seeing the lights on short drives, having friends and family over. Yes, there's the food factor - seems to always be lurking in the background. But we (I) am trying to focus on the experiences leading up to the holiday.

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emoticon Take focus off Food. Creating a dining experience at home by arranging the room and decorating the table: conversation or journal, window seats, outdoor patio, nice table setting, lighting and music.
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I agree with SkiRunner ... I'm a little tired of focusing on food.

That's why I am doing my best to focus on behaviors. We use our "good" dishes for our meals and do our best to have the meal time to be relaxed and pleasant ... no serious drama conversations.

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This is sort of a daunting chapter. In some ways, I’m getting tired of focusing on food, even though it’s still good for me to ponder these things. I think what is meant here is to realize how we look at the food at an event instead of the participation in the event. When I was younger and uncertain about social things that is exactly what I did.



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The first thing I thought of when I read this lesson was dh and I making Blue Apron dinners (we did it for about four months and then stopped for awhile when our son moved back with us.) The meals were delicious and what made it really special was dh and I cooked together - that is one of the reasons I liked it so much - it was a lot of fun! I have a stack of over 40 recipes with stars on the ones we especially liked, and while some of the ingredients (especially unusual spices) are not ones I’d generally buy, I would say that we could easily make some of the dishes again to create that eating experience a second time!

The other times we create eating experiences are when we have social gatherings at one of our friends’ houses. While appetizers and dinner are always served, it definitely is all about the time together with lots of laughs, and usually we play a game or two. We just had two couples renting a house here in our community in Florida the whole month of March, so we had several of those types of gatherings. The food was always good but it was an extra bonus.

We had a “girls day out" a few weeks ago - first to the spa for facials/massages and then out to lunch at a lovely restaurant (the guys went fishing!) From the picture, I remember the Bloody Mary, but have no idea what I had to eat! It was a great time, centered around food, but not all about food!

No eating experience today though - maybe this weekend!

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All those lessons kind of overlap in content really - you're not as far behind as you feel you are.
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I'm going to be working on 2 assignments today because I'm so far behind.

Easter Sunday was a wonderful "Eating Experience". This day is a day filled with joy & expectation for me to begin with. Then,after church, DH and I had reservations for brunch at a restaurant that we don't usually like, but their Easter Brunch is indescribably delicious! We had been looking forward to the food for weeks! ! ! The restaurant sets on a small inlet from the lake and so the view is lovely also. And, even though it is a buffet, the staff are very attentive. All makes for a memorable "eating experience" we can't wait to repeat next year!

In contrast, today our DD is dropping off the grandkids for us to babysit for the next 5 days while they go on vacation. I know she has packing her suitcase and other things on her mind so I am serving pizza which is a quick meal and will allow her to be on her way. I am also inviting my 91 year old father. Meals with the grandkids is usually chaos! I am NOT looking forward to this "eating experience" because of this and because of the complications around everyone liking different pizza toppings.

I keep trying to think of how I can make our dinner tonight more enjoyable and seem to be struggling to come up with ideas.

I will also be working on Day35 - Pause & Evaluate your hunger level. Oh, and I guess I can also include Day 36 - Slow Down. Now I call that killing 3 birds with 1 stone emoticon

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I love what Maribeth wrote below. That is how I should think about my meals. That makes a wonderful eating experience. No guilt.

Thank you for sharing Maribeth.

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Great post - love that picture!

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Best Daily Eating Experience - Green dot day - "If I lived every day the same as this one, I would likely lose weight." Wait till hungry, enjoy nutritious food and stop when satisfied. Re-cap - Days 31-40 "Listen to Your Body"
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emoticon 2016-18 emoticon eliminated foods on "no" list (80-100%). Powerful sabotaging thoughts are less but will come back. I need to be prepared by repeating 100 days and joining team challenges. Many high carb triggers are gone --- pasta, bread & chips . I can do the same with sweets cravings attached to caffeine. SP articles bit.ly/2B1gIaL

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Day 40 Having an eating experience

Make the experience around the food. It’s not what you eat, it’s about how you eat, where you eat, with whom you eat and how you feel about it all.

Sometimes we don't want food at all. Instead, we simply want to enjoy being around it. Shopping for food, then cooking it, arranging it can bring us great delight. In other words, we want an "experience" around food.

Recognize your goal is to enjoy a meal, consider setting things up to make this happen. Let the food become a minor part of your event.

Create your own eating experience. What you really want from this eating event? Arrange the room, decorate the table and choose the music that will add to your event.
Are you in the mood for a quiet, romantic evening? Or do you crave the energy from places with loud music and a constant conversational buzz?

If you prefer quiet, create an eating experience at home by arranging the room, decorating the table, and choosing music that will add to your event...

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My favorite eating experiences –
-out with a group of friends in a nice restaurant, or a dinner party at someone’s house.
-family breakfast with bacon, the smell signals to me it’s ‘special’
-camping and eating out on the picnic bench
-breakfast picnic at the beach

I love the Indian restaurant with the lunch buffet. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance, the food is in beautiful copper pans, the smells are amazing, the spices and look of the foods are new to me. I enjoy tasting the new foods and thinking of what type of spices and ingredients they contain. We talk about what we are eating and sometimes taste each other foods.

One night I set up ‘The Bistro’ in our living room. I planned a romantic dinner for hubby and me. I put up the card table and chairs for 2, put on a table cloth, candles, the best dishes, etc. I don’t remember what we ate but I do remember the experience as being very enjoyable.

Tomorrow night we are hosting a family dinner for 12. We will have table clothes, candles and the BEST dishes (which need to be hand washed!). We can serve the meal at the table rather than our usual buffet style.


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Day 40 - Having an eating experience

I still think eating at a table with my friends or family created more of an eating experience. I am especially looking forward to Christmas dinner emoticon
On Friday 15th Dec I had a different eating experience with my dad. He had won an Afternoon Tea for 2 at Animal Care in their Christmas raffle. It was lovely even if the food wasn't what I normally eat and I took some of the food home for later. I enjoyed the food and classed it as my lunch with extras and tried my best not to continue eating things off plan. It was a nice eating experience and great to be there with my dad. emoticon emoticon

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That's brilliant, Maria!

I had been a bit 'afraid' of going out for my Xmas meal with friends last night - but it was a wonderful experience! There was very good food, but not too much, and not unhealthy stuff. There was a group of about 20 of us, a private party in a little cosy cafe in town which is renowned for it's great food. There was good company, fairy lights, candles - the smell of mulled wine in the air, nice back-ground music, great service.

My fears were unfounded - there was none of the pre-meal stuff on the table - no breadbasket or dishes of butter - no things to pick at laying about. We were greeted with a choice of a mulled wine or a mulled apple juice. I skipped the starter and had a gin and tonic to sip - that was fine. The main dish was a healthy portion-size, no extra things that I didn't really want to eat (nothing fried, or full of fat), and the dessert was a gorgeous slice of an expresso cocoa sponge, with a small scoop of a sharp raspberry sorbet, and a very small spoonful of cream.

I enjoyed every morsel of it! Because there were no fried potatoes, crusty breads, bowls of butter, platters of olives and cheese - there was no struggle to avoid things - no feeling of deprivation. And, on my table, we'd all chose the same dessert - so there was no envy!

There was good conversation. I made a deliberate choice to put my knife and fork down between each mouthful, and I paced myself so that I was NOT the first to finish eating!

Yes, like Maria! I felt very good about this eating experience!

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Having an Eating Experience

Progress!! Tuesday I got together with friends I do not often see. While reading this lesson, I realize I had what Linda is talking about called an eating experience. I focused so much on catching up and talking not to mention my goal of no weight gain that the food was incidental. Some one came by eating a dessert that smelled and looked great but I just kept right on talking. I noticed a slight slip later at home but kept it minimal and right back on track. emoticon

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Day # 40 Having an eating experience
It is amazing that when I began this book (way back when) I sometimes dreaded some upcoming eating experiences because I felt to be healthy I needed to eat “rabbit food” and miss out on the good stuff. Now I realize that I can have what I want, just not overdo on any of it.
I also realize if I don’t want something it’s ok not to eat it no matter who made it! (LOL)
emoticon I can now focus on the people I’m with, on the conversation and on the atmosphere. I can slow down, enjoy it more and still choose what is healthy.
emoticon For the rest of this month I am looking forward to many fun eating experiences!

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My two favorite eating experiences: hmmmm. I will list four: 1 - A sit down meal with family or friends and good conversation. 2 - Eating out with my husband or friends because I can enjoy the meal and I don’t have to clean up. 3 – A covered dish meal where I can try things I have never tried before or food I don’t cook because my husband is a picky eater. 4 – outside, having a cookout by a bonfire. I would say that before I started being more mindful of what I eat, the food was a big part of these events…and I would over-eat.
I have had some nice eating experiences in the last 40 days where I watched what I ate and I enjoyed the experience just as much. Actually, I enjoyed them more because I was focused on the people instead of the food. Instead of eating fast, I was taking time to talk and interact. The slowing down also makes me a better judge of when I am full. I hosted a meal at Thanksgiving with family. I have been out quite a few times. We had a ladies’ supper at church with nicely set tables. Men cooked and served the food. We had our staff lunch yesterday. Last night, my husband surprised me for our 43rd anniversary. I came home to grilled steaks, baked potato, and steamed mixed vegetables. (He fixed the veggies specifically for me). Through all of that, I weighed this morning and I have lost 10 pounds in these first 40 days.
Next week, I have a lunch with friends and a meal out with my husband’s Sunday School Class. I know I can choose wisely and enjoy each event that comes along. When food is not the focus, it is better. I am appreciating these Eating Experiences differently.


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Perfect! I'm going out for a meal this evening, with friends, to a restaurant which does lovely vegan/vegetarian options which are all really, really nice. It's their Xmas present to me - a meal out. It's not something I do more than once or twice a year - so I am really looking forward to having a good eating experience surrounded by lovely people.

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I have been trying to focus less and less on meals, and emotional eating, and trying to just stick with my 3 meals and drinking lots of water. I make my three meals an experience as I look for healthier choices that make me happy.

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At our new home (apartment complex) I just found a lovely place to eat. It has lovely outdoor furniture and plants and decorations. Big, cushy outdoor chairs, too. So I will soon have a meal there! With friends and hubby. chris

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It is much about sociability. Shared meals are relished more slowly and there are plenty of natural eating pauses. Big family event this weekend - all my children and grandies together. I will be mindful of what I eat.



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Day # 40 Having an eating experience
Sometimes the eating experience just needs to fit into your life. My meal today will be shared with family and friends after the funeral of an elderly lady we will all miss but are grateful her suffering is ended.
There will be a very large table of homemade foods prepared by the ladies of the church where it will be held. There will be a separate table just for desserts.
It's a NoS day so I'll have my one plate of food, no sweets and no seconds.
Then I'll spend my time chatting and trying to remember where all the young ones fit in the family. I will also be very grateful to live this country life in a very large extended family.

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I discovered that my favourite eating experiences are when I'm trying out a new recipe! I love the adventure! Today I made some 'brownies' using just banana, peanut butter, and cocoa powder. I made four small brownies, and took them to my friend's house this afternoon, to share. It was nice to share. It was nice to get positive feedback. I was nice to share ideas and recipes too.



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This has truly become a practice of mine ... eating s-l-o-w-l-y and mindfully, enjoying what I am eating ... but also enjoying the ritual of eating. I use pretty dishes and truly enjoy the foods and environment we have created.

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Day 40: Having an eating experience
Many times the joy of eating isn't about food as much as it's about our social events or family get-togethers. During these gatherings, you may find you get caught up in the experience of eating because it's part of the fun of being with others.
(VERY TRUE AS STARTED OUT WELL BUT ENDED UP WITH EATING THE WRONG THINGS AND OVEREATING)
But by separating the qualities and tastes of your food away from the situation you're eating it in, you can learn to manage the amounts you eat much differently.
Notice the tastes
Sometimes, we don't want food at all. Instead, we simply want to enjoy being around it. Shopping for food, then cooking it and arranging it can actually bring us great delight. In other words, we want an experience around food.
Instead of proclaiming that you love all food, look for ways you can have eating experiences. Imagine you're a famous chef sampling your latest creations. Or pretend you're a food spy and ask things such as, "Does this cookie contain cinnamon or is nutmeg providing that flavor edge?"
When you're cooking, make an effort to appreciate the taste of new spices such as basil or coriander. Evaluate the flavors, the seasoning, and the temperature of every food, and then answer the question, "Have I gotten it perfect yet?"
Dig more deeply into your love of food and eating. Do you ever get caught up in the social aspects of eating, then simply let food blend into the total event? In fact, when does enjoying a flavor or texture change into having an eating experience?
Create your own eating experience
You can actually create an atmosphere that meets your needs without depending on food to make an event enjoyable. To do this, intentionally plan to have an eating experience.
When you recognize your goal is to enjoy a meal, consider setting things up to make this happen. Let the food become a minor part of your event, perhaps even choosing a simple meal of soup or salad for your experience. If you decide to go to a restaurant for this exercise, select one based on the type of experience you want to have.
Think about what you really want with this eating event. Are you in the mood for a quiet, romantic evening? Or do you crave the energy from places with loud music and a lot of conversational buzz? If you prefer quiet, create an eating experience at home by arranging the room, decorating the table and choosing music that will add to your event.
Recall times when you've had some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special?
In your journal, describe one or two of your most favorite types of eating experiences.
Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. After you finish the meal, record your favorite details from it.
I prefer the quiet less noisy places. when we go to eat my mom and I choice places where it is easier to watch my exchanges. But also a place where we will enjoy the food. I will work on savoring the flavors at all my meals. I have been to the noisy ones as long as I am with good company great friends or family I am okay with it.
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TODAY IS PALM SUNDAY I plan on attending church and yes will go to lunch with Mom- will work on picking a safe haven as did overeating yesterday and Tuesday weigh in comes fast.
Times where I enjoy is with friends and family- eating alone isn't as enjoyable. that's why I have TV going or playing with tablet. I do track my meals but need to work on tracking lunch and suppers.
I want to work on recognizing that my environment is part of the eating experience, but not more important than the food itself. Meals can be made more special by creating a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy them. Meals that required more preparation deserve this special treatment, and easier meals can be elevated by enhancing the atmosphere.
I like the idea of playing music during meals and even meal preparation. I want to start working this in every once in a while, and if I find it enhances the eating experience

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Having an Eating Experience
I will put my next "eating experience" on hold until it fits into my life.
There is a note posted to let me know to read this lesson again before the next family or friends get-together.
I know the rules but sometimes need the reminders just before the event that this isn't my last meal so I don't need to eat until I am literally sick!


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Brunch at a family friend's house today. It will be stressful socially as there will be other people there but it will be an experience. it is not about the food.

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My boyfriend and I both love to cook. Every dinner is an eating experience for us. Breakfast is the same most days and so is lunch.

For me, at this point in my life, the experience is more about the person I am sharing the meal with, and less about the meal itself. I have been blessed with a wonderful man who has great conversations with me. Why would I bury myself in my plate and not enjoy his company?

We have a strict no cell phone policy at the table. We recognize that electronic distractions can lead to overeating out of not even noticing we had.

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Like most of these days I seem to come full circle in how I experience them. I thought I had found a 'perfect' solution to when I crave something sweet by eating sugar free chocolates only to overdo yesterday and have 4 hours of absolute agony in my lower GI tract. I told Paul when he came home around 10 that I spent several hours sick to my stomach and if that doesn't teach me a lesson then I am not sure how teachable I really am. Talk about eating experience!

So, it seems I am back to square one when it comes to practicing the two bites and smaller portions less often approach to chocolate. I balked at doing this before because I felt that once I started eating I couldn't stop but I haven't really exercised that 'muscle' like I 'should have' so how do I really know what I can and can't do with certain foods?

I am not so concerned about Thanksgiving since I am the one who determines what I make and since Paul is strictly a meat, potatoes and vegetable person he will eat as he does the rest of the year. The dilemma that I face is I do like many of the sides and I saved some new recipes that I would like to try but then if I make the recipe as is I will have leftovers for over a week and I am not sure if I want to do that.

Subway has been advertising a new sandwich: "The Reuben" and since that is my all time favorite deli sandwich I am eager to try it. So, I just may have that tonight for my 'supper'. It will definitely be an eating experience. I will enjoy it but I also know that it will be something that I won't be able to have that often because it has cured meats, full fat cheese and a ton of sodium. Tomorrow I start my blood pressure medicine. LOL This feels like my "Last Supper' in that regards. I also found out my cholesterol is 215 although the doctor didn't put me on medicine it also means I am going to have to be even more careful with how much fat I eat. (shaking my head right now). Eating experiences? Well, as much as I can given what I know I will need to scale back on if I want to avoid certain health risks becoming worse.

"Two bites" and "smaller portions less often" is going to have to be my new mantra. I wonder if I could make individual servings and freeze the rest on some of these sides without it affecting their taste when thawed? It is worth a try.





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Day #40 Having an Eating Experience
After going back to this chapter in the book it is evident that the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will be when I experience this lesson.
Because of what I've learned from previously going through the book, I'm sure this year will be more focused on the actual enjoyment and pleasure of the food as opposed to feeling guilty for having it.
Some things I will pass up because I really don't love them.
Some things I'll be happy with "the first two bites".
Some things will be planned into my day because I really really look forward to them!
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Day 40 An eating experience, luckily I have friends coming tonight and my dh and I have a lovely meal planned, mostly Chinese, yummy. Starter and main courses. Looking forward to it. emoticon emoticon

Overall it was a really nice eating experience, I love eating at a table and really plan to do it at least once a week with my family!

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Day 40, 100 days Having an eating experience

Since the last time I did this day I started eating at the table most days. I put my eagle given to me by a friend there watching me and a silk flowers and a gift my friend gave me at her Rally. I set it up take a photo and journal it and I eat it. since I eat alone I need this.

At work I cant do this.
When out to eat, I do take photo and journal my food.
This chapter was harder the second time around. looking forward to the motivation chapter.



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Day 40: Having an eating experience.

I will focus on my foods today. Tonight we are attending "Dinner and a Show" at the HS. One of my daughter's art work is part of the display. I will focus on the food and only eat it if I feel it is truly an experience. Hmmm... maybe I will pack some veggies as I believe this is a pasta dinner.

I do not want to focus on food but I still do. Food is a fuel. I want to focus on the experience.

I typically like quiet eating experiences where there is no rush, and you are left alone to enjoy your food. We do not eat out often, but when we do, we try to go when a place will not be busy.

I have completed 40 days! (AGAIN!)

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My most enjoyable eating experience is still my breakfast!

I had fixed this, taken the picture, and then sat down to enjoy it. About half way through, I picked up the book to read today's lesson. In my childhood, breakfast only occurred on the weekends; in college and early adulthood, I continued that habit. When I finally realized the benefit of a good breakfast, it was a hurried affair before work, or later, something prepared and taken to work so I could eat it at my desk. So a good, relaxed breakfast is a major perk of my retirement.

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Fisker - thank you so much for your concern and comment

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Linda- I'm so sorry. Our dear neighbor just passed too. A dear cousin is someone to treasure.



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This one was very hard for me. My eating experience was going out to lunch with my cousin. She died 2 weeks ago. I am missing her everyday. But she was the only one who I went to a meal with and we shared the entire experience, the conversation, the food, the atmosphere. I will have to learn to adjust.

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Maribeth, that is great! In our house my husband is the cook and I appreciate what he does buy doing the dishes. emoticon

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My favorite times are eating at home when I plan ahead and go for a long walk to work up an appetite for fresh vegetables and lean protein. I went to the farmers market and tried arugula for the first time and enjoyed the peppery taste. Along with a friend's fresh catch of bass spiced with herbs and aged balsamic vinegar. Since I'm still a novice at cooking that is a dig part of enjoying the dining experience. DH is raving about my cooking and shows his appreciation by doing all the dishes.

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After pondering this lesson, I realize that in retirement, my most enjoyable eating experiences are my breakfasts. I sort of make a production out of it. That even pertains to some of my most memorable eating experiences out, i.e. Breakfast at Brennen's in New Orleans, Cafe du Monde coffee and beignets early by the river (both years ago now) and more recently, Eggbeater's omelet with chorizo, broccoli and avocado with one pancake at Perkins!



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My intention was to observe myself having an 'eating experience' with my friend on Sunday afternoon. We had met up to go and sit at the beach (she has a beach hut where we keep supplies!) and play Scrabble, and to have a 'catch-up'. As it was Sunday, and a day when I allow myself a sweet snack, we had two flapjacks to share. One was a 'Bakewell' almondy flavour, the other had chocolate on top.

We set out our chairs and the little table. Boiled the kettle. Set out the Scrabble board. I cut each flapjack up into quarters and laid all the pieces out on a little plate (covered with a bowl to keep the gulls off!) and we settled down.

Somehow, we got talking, and playing our game.......... and we made a few remarks about how nice the flapjacks were........... but I soon realised I'd eaten my 'share' without paying enough attention to them. One of those 'where did it go?!' moments.

I was kind of disappointed that the flapjacks/eating experience didn't last longer. But it soon passed, and we enjoyed our game!

My friend loves flapjacks and always chooses them, or something like them, if we go out for tea. I think I was expecting too much from the 'eating' part of the experience.

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Day 40 Eating experience. I really wasn't sure what the author meant by this so I went ahead with what I thought she meant and proceeded from that. Your view DJ sounds beautiful. I am fortunate that I have a view from all of our windows (although not like yours I am sure) and it is very calming to be at one with nature.

First of all I do try to make each dining out experience as wonderful as I can. I have for a while. I prefer to go to favorite restaurants on less busy days so there is a sense of calm (boredom?) even among the staff although this is often when the food slips in preparation though. It is possible to make anything an 'eating experience'. Today hubby and I went a movie for the first time in 5 1/2 years. We watch movies all the time at home and even have a large collection of our own but we decided to go ahead. Things have changed a lot.

I made my movie popcorn (too salty and too dry) as well as humungous soda into an eating experience. I had leftovers right up to the end of the movie and 45 minutes of previews (really? yuck!). I was chewing my ice cubs (a favorite thing to do) while the credits were being rolled at the end. The remainder of the dry salty popcorn I brought home. Maybe, I will feed it to the birds. I like my popcorn I make better at home but it was nice to see a movie that I didn't talk through (well, okay I whispered on occasion- LOL) and overall it was a pleasant surprise.

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DJ: I am jealous of your view! That is awesome! A beautiful experience for every meal!

After the kids are finished with HS it would be nice if we could leave suburbia and have more land around our home. Our outside experience is nice but no pretty views.


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Day 40: Having an eating experience

My husband and I do not go out to eat very often but when we do we have a few favorite restaurants that are ocean side and, if the food is not optimum (which sometimes happens), at least the views are incredible and enjoyable.

At home we eat outside on our lanai for most meals. We've created a beautiful little 'private' oasis and have a wonderful mountain view with pastureland in between. We savor our food, time and 'together-ness' consciously at every meal. We have wonderful talks/times ... no rushing through our meals.

When we worked things were maybe a bit more rushed or not so much an 'experience' on a daily basis. But now, being retired, it is a luxury to have 'time' and we make our meal times special. We actually prefer our meals at home to going out.

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Day 40: Having an eating experience.

I dont have plans for an eating experience. I have to work and only having a sandwich. but I will savor the flavors as I eat it. but most suppers I do make sure I have my exchanges counted for. I will work on making my suppers eating experiences.

I prefer the quiet less noisy places. when we go to eat my mom and I choice places where it is easier to watch my exchanges. But also a place where we will enjoy the food. I will work on savoring the flavors at all my meals. I have been to the noisy ones as long as I am with good company great friends or family I am okay with it.

Wow 40 days completed. No they haven't been perfect but I am doing them to the best of my ability. Onward to 50 where we will be half way thru. I agree Chele that they do build on each other and guide me and you and all others in the continues succession or direction you want to reach.

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Day #40 Having an Eating Experience
I very much love going to restaurants that have a dish they are famous for.
Our one evening out last week on vacation was to a local restaurant noted for certain dishes. I had been there years ago and was looking forward to going back. However this time our service wasn't very good and the entire experience was not worth the price. In thinking back on it I think the only thing I really enjoyed was the dessert which I took and ate the next day!

Today I will use the lesson on some of the veggies I got at the Farmer's Market yesterday. It should be an interesting experiment.



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Day 40: Having an eating experience.

Yep, I had an eating experience yesterday at my daughter’s party. I did focus on the food more than she suggests. I sampled some foods but did not have a lot. I savored the bean salad, and sampled the ice cream cake. If I did not enjoy the food on my plate I did not eat it. My dog got to have my burger (lucky guy!) I did focus more on the company and less on the food than I used to. When others sat at the table and ate and ate appetizers I went outside and spoke to others.

I am still at a point where I like / need to make food enjoyable at an event but I do not make it the main focus. I will: emoticon to make the experience more important in my head.

I like quiet eating experiences where there is no rush, and you are left alone to enjoy your food. We do not eat out often, but when we do, we try to go when a place will not be busy.

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I have had a lovely Eating Experience tonight, my family and I have been to an Italian restaurant. I really enjoy sitting around the table with the ones I love, which we rarely do, perhaps I should arrange for this to happen at least once a week emoticon .


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Hmmmm ... down play the food you are eating.

We play music, use napkins and our nice dishes daily, and sometimes candles.

But I pay attention to my eating so that I stay in the moment.

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I love being with my husband or friends to eat. I love when me and my husband go to Olive Garden and eat because I love the fettuccine alfredo so much. I go out to eat with my girl friends after Church every Sunday and love catching up with them and laughing with them.

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Day #40 Having an Eating Experience
I very much love going to restaurants that have a dish they are famous for.
This week I will be lucky enough to join a group of ladies for lunch and since we haven't been able to get together for a couple of months, I just can't wait. We are going where I've never been so I hope to have both the experience of tasting new dishes and the joy of the company.

My hubby and I have had a lot of wonderful meals over the years on vacations or celebrations and I do treasure those times since he doesn't go much any more.


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My favorite meals involve me cooking for friends and us sitting around and enjoying it together, relaxing and lots of good conversation. For Valentine's Day I'm planning a barbecue outside (summer here). We will have pieces of meat that we'll fry in a pot of oil over the fire (I'll grill mine on stove). On the side I will have different salsas, dips and salads to accompany it. I don't normally make dessert but I'm thinking of doing something that is a little healthier.

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I was pretty excited about Healthy Eating. Honestly, there was just one mental shift that did it for me: instead of denying myself unhealthy foods (that I really liked) I made a point of filling up on healthy foods (that I really liked) and once I was full I just couldn't be bothered to eat the crap most of the time. And then I discovered how much better I feel all the time. Like now that I've lost weight, every time I go backpacking and the weight of the pack makes me tire out so much faster and I think "I used to carry that much extra weight ALL THE TIME."

I love tasting food cooked for me by other people (friends or restaurants) and try to identify the ingredients and cooking techniques so I can reproduce it at home. When I'm cooking for myself I like trying to figure out whether the recipe is perfect yet, and for the dishes I really feel are perfect, every time I make them it gives me so much pleasure to taste just how perfectly balanced they are. (collard greens reduced in homemade broth - just sayin')

Two favorite eating experiences:
I love going out to eat with someone I really love, or when I was dating, with someone exciting whom I might grow to love. When the company was good, I'd remember the food as really good, too.

I also really really enjoy picnics. The taste of fresh food along with the smell of fresh air is so compelling. When I was a kid we took a fall trip every year to a place called Sugar Grove that was a hilly place with lots of sugar maple trees that turned into a blaze of color in the fall. We'd hike around, roll down the hills, pick a pumpkin for halloween, and enjoy a family picnic among the trees. When I lived in Chicago we used to go hear concerts at Ravinia and spread out our blanket on the lawn to listen to the symphony and munch grapes and cambozola. And where I live now I have an annual outing with my two closest friends here to pick blueberries and then have a picnic dinner with a bottle of wine and some shared food like sandwiches of fresh mozzarella and basil and tomatoes while gorging ourselves on blueberries, watching the sunset, enjoying a great conversation, and (most years) seeing horses or some random wildlife wander by 6 or 10 feet away. Magical.

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HAVING AN EATING EXPERIENCE

This chapter confuses me a bit. The first section, "Notice the tastes," emphasizes appreciating the nuances of the foods we eat, including evaluating the flavors, textures, etc as well as the atmosphere in which we eat it. However, the next section, "Create your own eating experience," de-emphasizes the actual food in the eating experience. "Let the food become a minor part of your event." So, am I supposed to evaluate how boring the "simple meal" is?

I like the idea of creating or paying attention to the atmosphere in which we eat as part of the eating experience. However, I think it is counterproductive to put together an eating experience that attempts to mask the actual experience of eating. With mindful eating, I try to savor the foods that I eat. I try to slow down and observe my surroundings as well as my meal. I try to find a balance between distractions and still paying attention to what I'm eating. Creating an "eating experience" that downplays the eating sends a message that paying attention to our surroundings is MORE important than paying attention to the food.

Instead, I want to work on recognizing that my environment is part of the eating experience, but not more important than the food itself. Meals can be made more special by creating a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy them. Meals that required more preparation deserve this special treatment, and easier meals can be elevated by enhancing the atmosphere.

I like the idea of playing music during meals and even meal preparation. I want to start working this in every once in a while, and if I find it enhances the eating experience (as I suspect it will) I'll try to do it regularly.

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Yep, heard that saying and OH So true.

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emoticon do you have that saying that 'a sandwich made by someone else always tastes so much better!'?!!!

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Of course any time you get to eat away from home it is special.

I love when we go to Disney. Oh you know some of the meals are going to be fantastic because they go out of their way, but then you have a meal that is something like you know you could fix that at home, like the meals we have at the Garden Grill, it is a meal that is served family style, platters of veggies grown hydroponically, platters of meats with beef, chicken and fish etc all just like you know you could fix at home really, but the difference is that fact that well first Mickey, Pluto and Chip & Dale will be visiting your table at some time during the meal and the entire restaurant revolves every so slowly so as you look out from your table your view changes little by little. That is what makes the meal so very special and for me the memories of having that same meal with my dear (may she RIP) mother in law, my kids at various ages and other relatives who have joined us on various occasions.

I know I already answered this one, but could not resist a 2nd input, for me it is not the high calorie foods or the amount of food we can stuff into our face, but the good times, sometimes it is the conversation, sometimes a special occasion, sometimes the solitude of being by myself on a quiet afternoon being able to enjoy the music or the sounds of nature. The main event is not the food, but the event itself.

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I had an eating experience today I think! I am staying at a friends' house whilst they are away - and am looking after the cat and the garden etc. When I got here (after work today) the sun was shining. So I made my dinner, and a fruit dessert, cracked open a 250ml bottle of light lager, and sat in the garden to eat my dinner. It felt like a holiday already!

What made this eating experience good was being in a different place, being outdoors, having no distractions, feeling relaxed. I don't often drink alcohol at all - but it was actually very nice. I think being away from home might be an important element in this.

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Day 40 - Having an Eating Experience

Some of my most enjoyable eating experiences:
1. Lunch at the Seattle Space Needle. It was my 60th birthday and my husband said that I needed something special, so he took me 350 miles for my birthday lunch and a weekend in Seattle.
2. Eating at the Casa Bonita in Denver when my children were young. Great family entertainment and what teenage girl could resist a good looking cliff diver climbing up out of the water to chat for a moment. And of course I loved the mariachi singers who serenaded us as we enjoyed our meal.
3. Years ago we traveled with 3 other families up to Alberta Canada for a very special occasion. The second evening we were there just happened to be our 16th wedding anniversary. We had a special restaurant all picked out for our dinner. But to our dismay when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed. I don’t remember why but the owner just happened to be there. We told him why we had come to Alberta and that it was also our anniversary. Much to our amazement he opened the restaurant to our party of 9 and made us all fabulous dinners.

My most favorite types of eating experiences:
Special occasions and holiday meals with family.
Special eating adventures (picnics, BBQ’s, ice cream socials.

I’m much too busy to do the last part now. I will postpone it until some other time.

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Btw, CAT, I have to say I was a Daddy's girl too! emoticon Mine passed at an early age, only 49 from heart attack. I was a little girl then. I got really close with my Mom as I got older and she really was my best friend. My Mom passed a few years ago.

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Day 40 - have an eating experience

I have to say I also agree with Wanda and Dot on the social aspect. I have so many happy memories from my childhood, and yes, they involved food but also typically times with my family and big family gatherings of relatives from all over. The food was great but the company made the meal.

One of my favorite eating experiences was when I was young, my family and I used to get together with my other aunts, uncles and cousins, and we would go for a day trip drive somewhere, like a fair or festival with amusement rides, or a big picnic and cookout at a state park. My Dad and my uncle were always at the grill, making hot dogs and burgers and grilled chicken and fish. My Mom and aunts would have made all kinds of salads and side dishes to go along with the meal. My Dad and my one aunt were really great at baking and making desserts and I remember all of us having an awesome day of walking, playing, sometimes swimming, and eating and resting. It would be a long day and always a great time. Some of my favorite memories. :)

Some friends and I actually planned a similar gathering the other week (don't have much family anymore). It wasn't the same as my childhood but it was enjoyable. We had a picnic at a historical village and park. We were able to take nice long walks in a well-cared-for historical village, touring the old homes and grounds, and then spreading out the food we'd brought on picnic tables and eating by the side of a lake. It was lovely.


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Day 40 - have an eating experience



1. Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special? THIS WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT FOR ME. IF I THINK WAY BACK WHEN I WAS GROWING UP THE MOST ENJOYABLE EATING EXPERIENCES WERE WHEN WE WENT TO VISIT MY COUSINS (THERE WERE SIX KIDS, PLUS THE THREE IN MY FAMILY). THEY WOULD SET UP A "KIDS ONLY" TABLE AND WE WOULD HAVE A BLAST. BUT IF I THINK OF NOW, THINGS ARE SO HURRIED AND SO DIFFERENT. I HAVE TWO TEENAGE KIDS AND A HUSBAND. SOME MEALS IT IS LIKE PULLING TEETH TO GET ANYONE TO TALK. TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND NOT NECESSARILY FOR THE BETTER.

2. In your journal, describe one or two of your favourite types of eating experience.
I GUESS I ALREADY DID THAT ON #1. BUT IF I COULD BUILD MY OWN NICE EATING EXPERIENCE IT WOULD BE EATING AT A RESTAURANT, ON THE WATER (HERE IN FLORIDA THAT ISN'T TOO DIFFICULT), WITH A GREAT VIEW, NO TELEVISIONS, MAYBE SOME LIGHT SOOTHING BACKGROUND MUSIC, SHARED WITH MY HUBBY (AND MAYBE THE KIDS).

3. Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. After you finish the meal, record your favourite details from it. THAT ISN'T LIKELY TO HAPPEN TODAY, MAYBE SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE.


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I agree, the best meals are when the main course is the company you share the meal with.

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An eating experience for me now means as many family members around the table as possible. Good food, yes, but I am with Dot on the social aspect of a great meal. Nowadays we often eat in the family room when it is just the two of us and I almost have to force myself to eat at the table. It is just food when we eat in the family room (usually the television is on) but we converse more at the table; we eat more slowly and we are more aware of portions.

How I love it when my young adult grands show up for dinner! Lovely!

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The most enjoyable eating experience, the food did not make the meal, the company made the meal.

We were living in Holland and my friend next door who is Dutch married to an American who her father is Indonesian married to a Dutch woman invited my husband an I to my friends house and HE was going to cook an Indonesian meal for us all. First I was honored, then I was worried I would not be able to eat what he cooked because of the spices, but no my friend told me her dad said he had already told her spices would be on the side. I can not tell you what was served because I was so busy enjoying the company. Getting to know her mom and dad and brothers. Food was good and yummy, but the company was the main event.

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1. Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences.

Anytime my Dad cranked up the grill to fix a meal for the people he loved!
I'm a BIG TIME Daddy's Girl!

Dad passed away 1/19/2014.

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9th September 2015

Day 40 - have an eating experience

Note: If you find your way to the beginning of this thread, which was started in 2011, you'll find inspiration from posts made about this activity.

Here are today's suggested activities:

1. Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special?

2. In your journal, describe one or two of your favourite types of eating experience.

3. Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. After you finish the meal, record your favourite details from it.

Here's a link to the Day 40 blog, posted on Linda's Spark page
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As usual great insight Gil.

"Instead, we simply want to enjoy being around it." Yes, the atmosphere. Coming from an Italian family we ate LARGE especially when we were all together. Now I realize by eating like this especially outside at a restaurant, around family, parties, etc., it RECREATES the love I felt around them. Sigh. Will I ever get over this? Strangely enough, it actually makes me sad to think about this.

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Day 40 - take two!

It is stunning how my experiences are so similar to the last time I went through the 100 DWL book!

Today I definitely had an 'eating experience' - I didn't really enjoy any of the food I ate - but I ate it to be 'included' in the community - belonging, acceptance etc. Last time I went through the book, this Day put me in touch with a feeling of loneliness - and how I use eating experiences to counteract that. Today was a prime example! I was playing music in a band - and we had an hour to wait in-between gigs - I had a glass of wine that was offered to us by the Mayor (even though I didn't want it). I did NOT eat any of the savoury snacks that were laid out for us (just realised that!). Then I went and sat at a street-side cafe and ordered a chai latte - and watched the horses and hounds being sent off (they don't chase foxes - in theory - and I'm not pro-hunt, but the animals (and riders actually!) are beautifully turned out). I sat outdoors as the sun was shining - and was sociable with people around me. But the chai latte was too sweet for me, and although I drank it, I didn't really like it! Then after our next gig, we had a civic lunch - which was a pasty (local traditional fare) made of fatty, flaky pasty and filled with potato and other root veggies) - I left the crust and some of the pastry - didn't really like it. Another glass of red wine I didn't really want. Then a plate of home-baked cakey things - so I had a bit of this and a bit of that - again - it was really quite disappointing. I was craving juicy tomatoes! It was a negative eating experience really - I DID the eating to be part of the group, part of the community, part of the tradition.

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KINDREDSPIRIT I hope you feel better soon, I miss you already. My best eating experiences are when me and my siblings get together and when my children and grand children get together. It reminds me of growing up around Thanksgiving or Easter. I recently visited my dau and grands and my dau loves to cook and cooks a lot. I made pretty good choices and was very surprised when I returned that I lost weight. I don't enjoy cooking anymore because it's just me so I look forward to getting together occasionally with friends. I love to eat out but it's not good for me because you can't control the calories or portion sizes. I've been working on doing better with my choices and also need to plan ahead on what to order.

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thanks Rawcookie, that means a lot.

Unless hospitalized, I don't plan to quit...because (are you ready?!)

I am committed, not just interested....lol

thanks again
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oh Barbara - so sorry to hear you are being challenged by health problems - please try to log in every day and turn the pages along with me and Fernie ..... I think it's really important that you don't stop now........... judging by the previous threads a lot of people drop out before Day 40. I've got sticky-notes on the pages of the days which I didn't feel I was able to really 'work through' and my intention is to pay more attention to them when I have time. But I am COMMITTED to turning a new page every day and completing the 100 days no matter what.

Get Well Soon! (check your goodies) xxx

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I am afraid I feel pretty lousy due to a urinary tract/bladder infection, kidney stone, and diverticulitis. Plus the meds seem to tire me out and are not helping in other ways. Thank goodness I got an appointment tomorrow due to a cancellation.

So in short, I will have to postpone this lesson and challenge. Luckily I wrote on this when I felt better.

Spangle encourages us to be experimental and creative by creating "..ways you can have eating experiences." For example, if you were a chef, you might try different spices and see which ones create the tastes you love. Instead of letting the food blend into the social aspects of an event, "create an atmosphere that meets your needs without depending on food to make an event enjoyable."

Plan this intentionally and figure out what you want: a romantic evening; a crowded bistro where people walk by and you can enjoy the sights; a place with loud music and constant conversation buzzing; or a quiet, serene atmosphere

cheers,
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Day 40
Having an eating experience
Eating pizza is one and Thanksgiving is another.
Eating pizza was always a happy time at my house growing up and I still connect positive emotions with it. Thanksgiving was another positive eating experience because we could eat as much as we wanted, there were always leftovers, loving family members around and everyone was happy.
I don't eat pizza much any more and Thanksgiving is a meal I still make, but only once a year. I will try this exercise with tonight's dinner, maybe we will get pizza.

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I wrote about this in my report thread - and what came up surprised me: I've come to the conclusion that most of my eating experiences are about dealing with loneliness - wanting to be socially accepted, included.

At home, I realise, I'm pretty haphazard and last-minute about my food preparation and eating - tending to side-line it, and run it alongside other things I'm doing.

I am going to plan an eating experience that tests my theory - I shall get a coffee and some street food on my day off on Friday and really notice what feelings are there. I may also arrange for a friend to come round for a meal with me, and see what my feelings are there too.

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Today has been a sad day ... our beloved Sadie Jane is now in doggie heaven after suffering a stroke.

Our eating experience is more of it's 2 in the afternoon we haven't eaten since 8 this morning, we need to make good decisions and eat sloooooowly to make sure we don't undo all that we have been building. Pay attention to the eating process.

During life's ups and downs ... we need to pay attention.

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UPDATE: (This is GRAPHIC.....sorry!!!)

Well, my main meal WAS an experience, but probably not the type Ms. Spangle intended. DH has permanent vocal chord damage and sometimes has swallowing difficulties. Two bites into his meal he started choking and spit food all over himself. Got him cleaned up, and sort of lost steam on eating mindfully.

I will say the mushroom soup was divine. Alas I did not look up the point value before heading to the restaurant and had a BIG bowl of it along with a grilled cheese sandwich and a dill pickle. This was the daily lunch special today. I had the sandwich on whole wheat bread and completely ignored the side of home made potato chips which are served with it. I ate slowly as possible and savored the taste and texture.

Well, my daily point allotment is 29 per day. My mushroom soup cost me 18 of those points for a two cup serving and the grilled cheese sandwich was another 10 emoticon Luckily, I still have all 35 of my weekly flex points allowance and will be fine for the day, having used 9 of them to cover what I already had for breakfast and a nonfat yogurt for later.

I was starting to wonder if my pause meter was broken, and then the "ahh that is just right" feeling in my stomach happened, about 15 minutes after I had finished eating and was waiting for my husband to finish his meal.

Lessons learned: Even if I am not sure which of two restaurants we will end up with, I can still be better prepared by looking up points values before leaving the house.

Next time, ignore the word "special" and order the 1/2 sandwich with a cup of the same wonderful mushroom soup. I only need two bites to get the flavor and emotional values, right?


To top off this dining experience, DH had a bio-hazard event in the car on the way home which caused me to clean him up/change his clothes as soon as we got home, then clean the bathroom, and then the cloth upholstery in the car. This has only happened once before, he cannot help it. It just is how my life goes some times.

His clothes are in the dryer now. I have a good upholstery cleaner "Turtle Wax Oxy Power" that does a fabulous job on these things.

At least that happened on the way home and not on the way there.


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Day 40 - Having an eating experience

Suggested activities for today

~ Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special.

~ In your journal, describe one or two of your favorite types of eating experiences.


Probably most enjoyable are when I make something at home and it turns out great- like my homemade stuffed cabbage which is one of DH's favorites in cooler weather, or a roasted turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and peas

These are favorites because I know I have prepared something without extra salt or sugar that is reasonably healthy and will bring joy to others in the household.

As for an eating experience today, since this is the day our healthcare worker is here and then we will go out for our main meal, I need to think about that one. If the restaurant I would like to go to is not too crowded, then my experience would be around having one of there delicious home style soups with me meal. The soup of the day today would be cream of mushroom and I do have the points available. They put huge slices of fresh mushrooms in it and it tastes divine.

If that restaurant is too crowded for handicapped parking and room for DH's wheelchair, then we will go to a family dining place and I might get pasta which is something I seldom eat these days. I will post back my results tonight.


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emoticon homecooked = better than restaurant food
I was surprised when I had them hold the sauces, not use oil to cook etc, had everything "plain" that the food was not so good, certainly not what I imagined when we went to the fish house and paid $20+ a plate!

that day I realized I can make food at home that is nutritious but also delicious!

emoticon Make food an adventure!
I think we can find new2us, healthy4us foods and be just as excited about it as we always were for our old lifetime favorites. I look at it as adding new yummilicious foods! Much happier outlook than dreading some ick/diet foodplan I hate...

I think this forward yummilicious thinking is 1 of the most crucial changes that happened that has helped me transition from a rigid low calorie dieting approach to a happy making weight loss approach advocated by SparkPeople :)

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100 Days of Weight Loss Days 31 - 40 Takeaways

Two things are special takeaways for me from these days

Day 35 The Pause
This fascinates me incredibly and I am still studying it in myself!

Day 36 Slow Down Your Eating
I so tend to pre-measure that I just eat and eat everything on my plate. I never find the pause because I'm so busy taking the next bite.

These are things for me to work on.

I am a finisher!

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

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7/20/11 11:46 A

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I love fixing our plates and making them look apealing to the eyes. I love preparing healthy meals. I also like when I fix a salad and add the tomatoes to it. It just looks pretty to me. We don't eat out much. I see all these commercials for these resturants and think I want to go, but I haven't gotten around to it.

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I think I get most excited when I'm going out to eat but then I get disappointed because there aren't restaurants like what I imagine in my head :-) I often can't think of anything I really want to eat when I go out (although occasionally I'll have a desire that we chase, like lamb or, rarely, I'll just want a steak or piece of a particular meat).

When I buy more exotic produce (artichokes, apricots, mangoes, etc.) I sometimes enjoy looking forward to eating them. We're going to the store today and I'll find something "exciting".

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I get excited when I can find food that I love is healthy and satisfing....

I try to get the most food for the least calories

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7/19/11 7:49 P

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emoticon Wrapping up days 31-40 Listen to your body
Here we are, already finishing 40 days! Congratulations! We will start again on Sat, 7/22 after a 2 day break and work on days 41 - 50 to focus on "Jump-Start Motivation" before we move into the 2nd 1/2 of the book on emotional eating :)


Day 40, 100 days Having an eating experience (Wed 7/20)


emoticon Are you excited about Healthy Eating?
When you think about changing your eating, are you upset because you are making changes? Are you excited about creating new ways to eat? Please share your thoughts and comments :)


emoticon Notice the Tastes
Sometimes we don't want food at all. Instead, we simply want to enjoy being around it. Shopping for food, then cooking it, arranging it can bring us great delight. In other words, we want an "experience" around food.

Instead of proclaiming you love all food, look for ways you can enjoy eating experiences. Imagine you're a famous chef sampling your latest creations. Or pretend you're a food spy and ask things such as, "Does this cooking contain cinnamon or is nutmeg providing the flavor edge?"

When you're cooking make an effort to appreciate the taste of new spices, such as basil or coriander. Evaluate the flavors, the seasoning, and the temperature of every food, and then answer the question: "Is it perfect yet?"

Dig more deeply into your love of food and eating. Do you ever get caught up in the social aspects of eating, then simply let food blend into the total event? In fact, when does enjoying a flavor or texture change into an eating experience.


emoticon Create your own eating experience
You can create an atmosphere that meets your needs without depending on food to make an event enjoyable. To do this, intentionally plan to have an eating experience.

When you recognize your goal is to enjoy a meal, consider setting things up to make this happen. Let the food become a minor part of your event, perhaps even choosing a simple meal of soup or salad for your expeiernce. If you decide to go to a restaurant for this exercise, select one based on the type of experience you want to have.

Think about what you really want from this eating event. Are you in the mood for a quiet, romantic evening? Or do you crave the energy from places with loud music and a constant conversational buzz? If you prefer quiet, create an eating experience at home by arranging the room, decorating the table, and choosing music that will add to your event...


emoticon Suggested activities for today

~ Recall some of your most enjoyable eating experiences. What made these times so special.

~ In your journal, describe one or two of your favorite types of eating experiences.

~ Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. AFter you finish the meal, record your favorite details from it.



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