Lao Tzu on staying thin?
By Tom Olson
A recent article by Jennifer Kwan from Yahoo News entitled “Entertaining TV Programs Make You Eat, Study Finds”. In the article she states that a study conducted by the Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, IL found that those who watch television while eating tend to eat more than those who don’t.
Forty five volunteers ate as many chips as they wanted during five-minute intervals over three week periods while watching monologues by late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno. They were also monitored when not watching television as well. The findings were that over 40% more chips were consumed during the time watching television.
“If you can concentrate on how the food tastes you’ll eat less because you’ll feel full faster,” Hirsch said in an interview at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in
Through is research, Dr. Hirsch has helped others lose weight by helping them be more mindful of their senses, and more mindful of their actions while eating.
What’s particularly interesting is that Lao Tzu addressed the same issue back in his time. Granted, it wasn’t while watching television, but to a human being, being mindful or not doesn’t rely upon electronic appliances.
Lao Tzu said:
Five colors darken the eyes.
Five tones deaden the ears.
Five tastes jade the pallet.
Hunting and racing madden the heart.
Exotic goods ensnarl human lives.
Therefore the Sage
Takes care of the belly and not the eye.
Chooses one, and not the other.
Granted, Lao Tzu could be talking about many things, and as the Tao Te Chin touches upon many items within a person’s life or livelihood, one thing is for sure, he certainly hit the proverbial nail on the head with this one.
Take the time when you eat to turn off the television and enjoy the taste of the food you are consuming. Don’t allow yourself to be overrun with sensory input and feel the energy that the nourishing food you eat gives you. See to how well the food looks and how good it smells versus what is on the television and what is on next. “Take care of the belly, and not the eye”. Wise words that ring true today as they did centuries ago.