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My Ultimate Dilemma

mattstolz Dec 4, 2011 03:20 PM

When I am eating something truly delicious, I always find that I have a problem deciding how fast to eat it!

Do I eat it really slow to have as much time as possible savoring and enjoying it?

Or do I eat it fast so that there is no delay in getting the deliciousness into my mouth??

I find that normally, I WANT to eat slowly and savor, but I find myself eating far more quickly than I want to because I'm enjoying it so much.

So my question is, whats your choice? Do you have a pacing strategy??

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    fourunder RE: mattstolz Dec 4, 2011 06:38 PM

    My solution is....

    First, small bites and to chew as many times as possible before swallowing.....using 20 times as my minimum goal.

    Second, after each bite.....put down the silverware and sit straight up away from the plate

    1. Servorg RE: mattstolz Dec 4, 2011 06:46 PM

      You've restated (in a slightly altered form) the old conundrum of "You can't have your cake and eat it too." So maybe try eating the first half really quickly to conserve the heat in the food and then linger over the last half, since it's already cooled (so what difference can it really make at that point?).

      1. ipsedixit RE: mattstolz Dec 4, 2011 07:25 PM

        Depends on how much of the food I have.

        If it's a small scoop of decadent ice cream. Slow and steady.

        A big gallon bucket of the same ice cream? As fast as I can without dying from brain freeze.

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          brooklynkoshereater RE: mattstolz Dec 4, 2011 07:31 PM

          strategizing sometimes takes all of the inherent pleasure of eating out. i find eaitng to be more organic than that - i pace myself as i pace myself, without giving too much thought to the process.

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            beevod RE: mattstolz Dec 5, 2011 07:27 AM

            What's the point of having cake if you can't eat it?

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              Servorg RE: beevod Dec 5, 2011 07:52 AM

              Aroma, visual stimulation and anticipation of pleasure all come into play...and the sadness of seeing those last few lonely crumbs remaining on the icing streaked plate after the inevitable finally occurs leading to your blood sugar spiking through the roof... ;-D>

            2. jmcarthur8 RE: mattstolz Dec 5, 2011 07:58 AM

              My late father in law commented once on how he loved to watch me eat chocolates. I always take it slow...nibble off the outside coating on the sides, then the top, then get at the innards, and finally eat the bottom. He thought it was pretty amusing. I had never noticed it until then. I must take at least 10 bites to eat one Frango Mint!

              So my answer would be savor it slowly and decadently....

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                Harters RE: mattstolz Dec 5, 2011 08:08 AM

                "Do you have a pacing strategy??"

                No. I just eat and have never tried to rationalise how I manage to do that.

                1. JuniorBalloon RE: mattstolz Dec 5, 2011 09:02 AM

                  I don't change speed, but I do try to pay more attention when I'm eating something special.


                  1. Ikkeikea RE: mattstolz Dec 5, 2011 09:04 AM

                    I am a very slow eater but I think it's because I tend to dribble sauce or a rouge morsel down my dress if I rush. We call the stains "extra buttons." Of course, the added bonus is savoring every bite but I think I've irritated fellow dining companions with my slowness.

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