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Eating is Like Brushing Your Teeth


Posted on October 6th, 2009 by Matt Schoeneberger
The other night I was driving home after a long day and had an epiphany. Ok, maybe it wasn’t an epiphany, maybe it was just an idea, but it made a lot of sense at the time and it still does. So, I thought I’d share it with you.

I think people should think about eating like they do about brushing their teeth.

Most of us brush two or three times every day. We don’t spend time deciding what toothpaste to use, or making sure that we’re going to enjoy it like it’s the last time we’ll ever brush.  We pick a toothpaste that is healthy for us, tastes good enough, and we get it done.  Why? Because we have a bunch of stuff to get done.  Why don’t we do this same ritual with food?

If we all decided to choose foods that are healthy for us, taste good enough, and then ate them so we could get on with the rest of our day, I bet we’d all be a little healthier and a lot more productive. As a society we tend to think we need to enjoy every meal like it will be our last and we look forward to meals as if they’re sources of entertainment or enjoyment.

I’m all for eating food that tastes good.  But what I really want is food that is going to fuel me properly to do the things I really enjoy.

In S.P.E.E.D. – The Only Weight Loss Book Worth Reading! we recommend eating 2-4 times/day.  That means you have 2-4 chances to eat something that is health promoting, will make you feel good, and will allow you to get on with the rest of your day.

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