Pleasure of A Kiss
Eating is one of life’s great pleasures! All foods can fit in a
healthful eating plan. One of the keys to healthy and normal eating is
to experience the great sensations of every bite of food. We often let
our fast-paced lives force us into rushed and distracted eating. Ever
eat while driving a vehicle? Or, eat while watching TV? Here is an
activity designed to help participants experience the great pleasures
and sensations of eating. This heightened awareness is what the WIN
principles call the presence of eating.
To conduct this activity, one chocolate kiss is needed for each
participant. Distribute the kisses and provide the following
Do not eat the kiss
First, admire the
shape and color of the chocolate kiss.
Take a deep smell of
the chocolate through the foil wrapper.
Anticipate how the
kiss will taste.
Slowly unwrap the
Now take another deep
smell of the chocolate. Is the aroma stronger now?
Slowly place the
chocolate in your mouth.
DO NOT BITE!
Let the candy melt
slowly in your mouth and savor the flavor and note the changing
Close your eyes and
pretend this is the first piece of chocolate you have ever tasted.
Food for Thought:
- Was the one chocolate kiss satisfying?
- Do you usually eat chocolate this way?
- What would happen if you ate all food this way all the time?
- Do you think people would eat more or less food if the sensations
of eating were fully experienced with every eating occasion?
- Eating can bring great pleasure and satisfaction to our lives.
Rushed and distracted eating limits our satisfaction from eating.
With this in mind, how much of your own eating is from hunger, and
how much is from a search of satisfaction that was not met by your
last meal or snack?
Source: Betty Holmes, WIN the Rockies Project Coordinator, PO Box
4238, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.