A beautiful poem that can help us eat less

The following poem is written by a teenager with cancer. She wants to see how many people will get her poem.

“Slow Dance”

Have you ever watched kids on a merry go-round,

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,

When you ask how are you, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done do you lie in your bed,

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,

And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die,

Cause you never had time to call and say, “Hi”?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,

you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race, do take it slower,

hear the music, before the song is over.


I decided to do a little research after this poem was forwarded to me for the 237th time because I wanted to find out who this teenager with cancer actually is. It turns out this poem wasn’t written by a teenager with cancer.

However, I still really like it.

It reminds us to slow down. And that’s the name of the game when it comes to eating less.

Let’s try to make our next meal last as long as possible. Let’s do it for just our next meal and see how we feel.

Tips for us to follow:

1. Take a sip of water between every bite.

2. Put our fork and knife down between each bite.

3. If we’re eating a sandwich, put it down between each bite.

4. Use chop sticks.

5. Use our other hand <--- this can lead to lots of laughs!

6. If we’re feeding a family, don’t put the bowls/plates of food on the

table. Keep them in the kitchen, so it’s not as easy to take more.


The following is a poem written by a Body Tutor with a mission. He wants to see how many people he can help via his simple philosophy – consistency.

You better slow down; don’t eat so fast,

amazing how your food will last!

And if you do, you’ll eat much less,

your MBT will be impressed!

So please slow down; be in pursuit,

of wearing that hot bathing suit!


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