I'll check my BG less often during a day--3 times instead of 7. That's what I do most often. Of course that's easier to do with T2. I'm religious about the 3 though.
But I'll admit to also having days when I eat things I don't normally. On those days I still try to keep the portions small. So I get the taste and texture, but not so much the carbs and calories.
The big thing for me is to slow down and not inhale my food, so I'll "play" with my food. I get a tactile experience without necessarily eating everything on the plate.
Recently I had a warm biscuit with butter for the first time in I don't know when. I put it on a plate and ate it with a fork as if it was cake. Pushing it around the plate and smelling the melted butter was half the enjoyment.