One Little Change Can Lead to So Much

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Some years ago I was sitting in a meeting at work.  The topic of discussion was incremental sales; what could we do to get just another fifty cents or a dollar from every sale.  Doesn’t sound like much, does it?  But, when you get a lot of them, it can add up to some serious money.  And, something strange happens – the average sale just increases as if by magic far in excess of the original goal.

So, why am I mentioning this meeting?  I started looking at what I was eating and wondered what would happen if I just left one bite – just one bite of food that I did not take.  Would it have any incremental effect?

A bite?  Yeah, one single bite.

So, I tried it.  And, you know what?  I wasn’t any hungrier by not having that last bite than if I had eaten it.  In a few minutes I found I was as satisfied as if I had eaten every morsel.

One bite isn’t very much, is it?

If you are fighting Prediabetes or are working to control Diabetes, one bite will not win or lose the war.  Or, if you are working to lose weight, one bite will not help you lose a pound.  But, stick with me for a moment.

Three meals a day.  Seven days a week. One bite each meal…just one bite less.  What do you have? Twenty-one bites of food that are not eaten.  Twenty-one bites make up a meal.  Really.  Count the bites you take during a meal.  I bet you will find they are considerably less than 21.

Now, what happens if you don’t eat the equivalent of a meal in a week?  Are you going to really be missing anything if done one bite at a time?  But, one bite can lead to winning your War on Diabetes and/or losing weight successfully.

It’s just a little detail. One bite of food not eaten at each meal.

“Phil, get real.  I am eating much less than I used to eat…one bite means something.”

Yeah, it does.  Especially if you are just starting to fight Prediabetes or to control Diabetes.  But, believe me, one bite less will not lead to any more hunger or starvation.  Think about it. One teaspoon full of food – that’s all we are talking about.

You can do it.  I know you can.  You can win your War On Diabetes one bite at a time.  One little bit left can lead to success.  Why?  Because each one of those bites will add up and in the end, that little incremental change will yield huge results.  It works in getting extra sales; it will work in fighting Diabetes or losing weight.

I know it because I have done it.

Or, you could always go big and leave two bites…but no more than that.

As always, thank you for reading.




I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “One Little Change Can Lead to So Much
  1. beetleypete says:

    Tackling the problem, one bite at a time. Great advice Phil!
    Regards from England as always, Pete.

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