Cherish the First Bite.

Via David Romanelli
on Jul 11, 2012
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This is the ninth of 108 tips to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#10 of 108: Cherish the First Bite!

For years, I have taught workshops on mindfully eating a piece of chocolate or slowly savoring a glass of wine.

But anyone who really knows me will tell you…I’m a F#cking Pig!

In fact, my friends in college made fun of me because I’m an Italian Jew so I eat with both an Italian passion for food, and a Jewish fear that somebody is gonna take the food away from me. A lethal combo.

So that being said, here’s a challenge for me and you.

Slow down and remember, as scientists and foodies will tell you:

the most delicious bite is always the first bite.

As reported in this past Sunday’s NY Times and most famously summarized by food writer Michael Pollan, “The banquet is in the first bite.”

Before you dig in to that next scoop of peanut butter chocolate fudge swirl or (vegetarian yogis hold your breath) Colorado Lamb with Roasted Loin, Spiced-Smoked Rib, Merguez Sausage, Eggplant, Chickpeas, and Feta (which I enjoyed last night at a restaurant called Hearth), take a really deep breath and remember:

how you eat says much about how you live.

P.S. This does not hold true for a Drumstick ice cream cone in which case the last bite is always the best because you get that little piece of chocolate in the bottom of the cone.


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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


2 Responses to “Cherish the First Bite.”

  1. yogasamurai says:

    Not sure about this? The very first bite may be a true delight, but the very last morsel of something that you have already savored can be where your "meditation" on the experience occurs? Scooping out that last bit of chocolate or taking that last forkful of a delicious piece of fish. It takes a while to savor anything good, and there may not be an instant revelation at first bite. Also, what happens when you eat one thing, and then aha, combine that flavor with another on your plate, or in your dish. A new experience. In general, don't you acquire your experience, and delight in your pleasure over time? I suspect you're totally right, this probably speaks to who we are, and how we live, or want to live. "Banquet at the first bite"? It doesn't ring true to me. Thanks for the post. Food! Now I'm hungry! — YS

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