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Episode 13: Finding Pleasure Beyond Food

Weight-Loss for Food Lovers with Molly Zemek


In this episode, Molly talks about finding pleasure beyond food, and how that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

She begins by sharing her story, and the struggle of reinventing yourself when faced with the reality of overconsumption. The key to weight loss is not just changing your habits, but changing your mind. You have to maximize your outside sources of pleasure in order to decrease your desire for food.

One of the ways to do this is to be truly present when eating. By taking deliberate steps to remove distractions, you can fully appreciate the qualities of food in a shorter amount of time, and in smaller quantities. This can lead to the realization that what you’re eating is not as good as you thought.

To move forward, you have to imagine how your life could be different. What makes you happy that doesn’t affect your body in a negative way? For Molly, this was writing. She discovered that redirecting her energy enriched her life and decreased her desire.

When you open your eyes to the possibilities around you, your enjoyment of food becomes greater and you move beyond physical transformation into a life full of pleasure.

Topics Covered

- Minimizing your desire for food by maximizing outside sources

- How overexposing your brain to food rewires it in an unhealthy way

- Being truly present, and experiencing pleasure from food in a short amount of time

- Enriching your life through personal discovery

- Moving beyond physical transformation by opening your mind

Key Quotes

“Quite simply, if you are interested in losing weight, you need to start emphasizing ways that you can really enjoy yourself that don’t necessarily involve eating.”

“I want to suggest to you that experiencing pleasure from food can happen in a short window of time and does not mean that you have to eat a ton to really appreciate and gain that experience of pleasure from eating.”

“Once you become more aware and more in tune with eating, with the thoughts that you have around food, and really being present when you do eat your meals, you can feel even more satisfied and even more content with the food that you’re eating.”

“The beautiful thing about coming up with different outlets for pleasure that don’t involve food, is that you start to grow in different ways in your life. You start to experience new things.”

“Imagine today what your life would look like if it was not completely consumed by food.”

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