It's Not Just What You Eat But How You Eat

by Lisa Marie Metzler on Jan 26, 2012

Food for Thought

Most of us have been told what to eat, but rarely does anyone talk about how to eat. After conducting several studies, Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating (Bantam 2006), has concluded that eating with a smaller plate, cup and utensils can help you lose weight without even thinking about it. Try these other tips too, and keep a journal of your observations. Though you don’t have to eat with baby utensils or chopsticks for the rest of your life, these experiments just may teach a lesson that will last a lifetime.

  • Toddler time. Use kids’ utensils or purchase inexpensive toddler sets and eat your meals with them.
  • Chopsticks. Don’t reserve these for stir-fry or noodles—use them for any meal! Unless you are super-proficient with them, they will slow your eating significantly.
  • Eyes wide shut? Try it! Researchers from a Swedish study showed that people who wore a blindfold while eating ate 22% less on average.
  • The ol’ switcheroo. Just for kicks, eat with your nondominant hand. Again, lack of proficiency will help put the brakes on the speed of the fork’s trip between plate and mouth.
  • Bite-size pieces. Cut “hand-held” foods like sandwiches, bagels, wraps, protein bars, burgers, etc., into bite-size pieces.
  • One piece at a time. Portion out snack food items such as pretzels, popcorn, nuts, etc., and then eat only one piece of food at a time.

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About the Author

Lisa Marie Metzler

Lisa Marie Metzler IDEA Author/Presenter

Lisa Marie one of the 16 Authorized GYROTONIC® Master Trainers in the world for the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® as well as a GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Master Trainer and a certified Master Trainer of all GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment and specialized workshops. Lisa Marie has been a dancer since the age of 3. During her professional ballet career, she performed nationwide with several companies including the San Francisco Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, LA Classical Ballet and Helios Dance Theatre. Lisa Marie's background in movement naturally kindled her interest in GYROTONIC®, Pilates, and other movement-based therapeutic disciplines. In 1991, she began her extensive training in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, created and founded by Juliu Horvath. Throughout her GYROTONIC® training, Lisa Marie travelled from her home in California to New York to work privately with Juliu in his studio, White Cloud. She frequently hosted him in Long Beach, and eventually in Los Angeles as well, to teach classes and workshops. Lisa Marie earned her first Level as a GYROTONIC® Trainer in 1994, and in 1998 Juliu appointed her as a Level 1 GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and in 2011 as a GYROTONIC® Level 2 Master Trainer. Lisa Marie became one of the first GYROKINESIS® certified Level 1 Trainers, then a GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer and by 2008, Juliu raised Lisa Marie's status to GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Master Trainer. In 1992, Lisa Marie became a certified Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence at Long Beach Dance Conditioning studio. She co-managed the studio and provided teacher training and certification to prospective Pilates instructors until 2000. She also studied under Marika Molnar (New York City Ballet's Physical Therapist) and Jean-Claude West (specialist in Kinesiology) and continues to take seminars and consult with them. During the same period, she was a principle dancer with LA Classical Ballet, Ballet Mistress for a season with the Guangzhou Ballet in China, and served as Director of the Children's Division of Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, teaching over 400 students. Lisa Marie was in high demand to assist ballet schools and dance companies set up Pilates and GYROTONIC® studios. From 2000-2007, Lisa Marie was co-owner of LA Body Kinetics, directed the GYROTONIC® program of Angel City Body Kinetics with Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence, and was a member of faculty at Loyola Marymount University teaching advanced classical ballet and GYROKINESIS® for dancers. Lisa Marie founded White Crane Movement Arts, from which she ran a successful movement program and GYROTONIC® teacher training courses for over 15 years. In 2007, Lisa Marie was appointed by Juliu Horvath to be an Authorized International Master Trainer. She is one of only 16 Authorized Master Trainers in the world. As an Authorized International Master Trainer, Lisa Marie conducts the GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certifications internationally and assists Certified Trainers in the rigorous process of becoming Master Trainers. She is a certified Master Trainer in all aspects of the system and specialized equipment and continues to deepen her knowledge and skills studying with Juliu Horvath on a regular basis. In 2007, Lisa Marie her husband Jessie Rice founded In-Spiraling Movement Arts, Inc. They are running all aspects of GYROTONIC® studies there for both private clientele and continued education for instructors. She travels extensively internationally conducting courses and workshops for the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She has been an invited presenter at the Body Mind Spirit Conference since 2002. She also teaches specialized seminars focusing on injury prevention for dancers in schools and institutes such as Lines Ballet, California Institute for the Performing Arts, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Pasadena Ballet. While she was pregnant with her daughter, Lisa Marie began her Doula certification and wishes to further assist women with pregnancy issues in specialized workshops and classes. She studies and practices Medical Chi-Gong, combines healing on multiple levels with essential oils, and continues to embrace with grace and light the development of her studies in her career as a movement educator in the dance of life learning and sharing with others.