Didn't Joni Mitchell sing that once? Well I had a front row seat to that lecture this week, only I'm willing to bet Joni wasn't chirping about sinus surgery...
I have spent this weekend eating naughty, naughty, naughty and today it finally hit me why.
My nausea and dizziness are gone, but while in the throes I naturally ate less. Making up for lost time?
It dawned on me when the hubby brought home a pretty bouquet of
which I'll grant you don't usually have a BIG fragrance but...
With my nose full of disolvable packing, I still can't smell a thing. AND when you can't smell, you can't taste much. Real salty. Real sweet. Everything else is like munching on cardboard.
I've been eating more of the two things I can taste and LOT'S of them to "feel" like I've eaten something.
Reminded me of all the times I used to inhale my food. I still have to remind myself to SLOW DOWN
at the dinner table.
If we don't take time to savor the flavors, we'll just keep eating more and more.
Like the time my sister tried weeping softly in the next room after a silly argument with her husband early in their marriage. He called out through the wall "If you want those tears to be more effective, you're going to have to turn them up a little"! Realizing the futility of the effort, she gave it up.
Back in the day, I'd have been the sister that would have sprang back through that door and manipulatively sobbed LOUDER right next to his ear...
However, like 34 years of marriage, 5 years of eating healthy has taught me a few things and recognizing the futility of eating more to try and compensate, made me give up the effort.
It isn't just the feeling of saity that stops us from eating. It's that sensual enjoyment that you get from the taste, texture, and colors of our food. I think I've gained a whole new appreciation for
Any packing still left in my nose by next Thursday will be taken out by the doctor (lovely thought!)
Until then I have made out menus for every bite I put in my mouth next week. Every bite has been pre-tracked and I will be eating healthy, healthy, healthy - right off the tracker. I may not taste much and certainly won't smell it but thankfully it is temporary. Like an astronaut floating in space eating dehydrated goo...
But when I get my tastebuds back in full swing, I'm going to concentrate on new textures and flavors. Try some new spices. Slow down and savor each and every bite!
'Cause you really don't what you've got till it's gone...