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This is the beginning of the end of food obsession.
Not in the way that we must stop the joy of eating, but in fact the very opposite.
We need to return to the fundamentals of eating: enjoy our meals in the company of loved ones, the presence of good friends and of celebration, and with fully awaken senses.
The standard meal pattern in America is based on regimented meals spaced at intervals through the day. This comprises the 3 “square” meals with the mandatory “snacks” in between, or the 5 to 6 “smaller” meals throughout the day.
This meal pattern makes us obsess over food — or, more specifically, it makes us obsess over eating. We forget to truly enjoy food, to taste it, celebrate it, and instead we often scarf it down while on the clock, on our feet, while doing daily chores.
Meal patterns are specific to cultures, and not all cultures share the Western gustatory habit. Frequent eating — or on-the-clock eating — can lead to mindless eating.
Although overweight and obesity have multiple causes, mindless eating might be a strong contributor to the nation’s obesity epidemic.
By actively eating fewer times through the day (skipping a meal, not snacking) we can sit down to each meal and truly, slowly enjoy it.
For the rest of the time, we can go about our busy day and not worry about that next meal or snack in 3 or 4 hours.
We can now end the obsession with eating.