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You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone

Sunday, April 18, 2010

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. emoticon

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 emoticon 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 emoticon 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 emoticon emoticon and emoticon emoticon

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...
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    Interesting blog. Thanks for sharing it. I certainly hope you are feeling better, soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2951 days ago
    Very, very true! I notice that I love STRONG flavors. Like hot peppers, and strong (so you can taste it) coffee. My husband likes to drink coffee all day, and even though only the first cup is caffeinated, makes it very weak. I like one robust cup, then water the rest of the day. I like wild salmon, and pheasant, and deer. I like farm eggs, with the very yellow yolk. I think that was part of how I became so overweight. I wanted flavor, and if I was eating bland food, I think I ate more to try to satisfy that craving for stimulation to my taste buds. Learning to cook with lots of herbs and spices helped, and I love to cook. Now I make sure I cook almost all of the time. It was easier and quicker not to, but not very satisfying. Now I control not only the flavor, but the content of what I eat, for more flavor and fewer calories. emoticon
    2953 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!
    2953 days ago
    Good insight as always! Glad you are using your tracker and I hope your sinuses are back to normal soon!
    2953 days ago
    Yep, Big Yellow Taxi. "Paved paradise, put up a parking lot..."

    All the best for your recovery! Thanks for the reminder to appreciate our food and to "smell the roses." I can recommend highly recommend cinnamon on anything :)

    2953 days ago
  • MDEAL72
    Awesome blog and a great reminder...you are right on!
    2953 days ago
    Hope you are feeling better soon.
    2954 days ago
    Interesting blog. It's true that more than half of taste is smell. When people can't smell food, don't onions taste just like apples? I'm glad you will be getting your sense of smell back soon. It will make food more enjoyable and that will help you eat moderate portions. I love food that has different textures, like crunchy slaw on fish tacos. (My new favorite food.) Congratulations on planning your meals ahead of time. You'll be back on track soon.
    2954 days ago
    Oh, that doesn't sound like fun! I know what you mean, though, about needing to taste & smell in order to enjoy food -- and you're right -- we do eat until we've Enjoyed it!! God bless you as you heal! And may He bless all those pre-planned meals, too! Good for you!
    2954 days ago
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

    2954 days ago
    This was an eye opening blog, thanks for posting. Sure has helped me figure out why I keep eating....looking for the salt, spicy or whatever and the food I pick is usually bland.

    Great blog

    2954 days ago
    Great blog! I think I inhale food, but I'm working on it. This blog is helpful!
    2954 days ago
    Joanne, I love reading your blogs. You always leave me with something to think about and work toward.
    2954 days ago
    Thanks. I enjoyed reading this because I recognised many things I need to get under control . Hope you are feeling good soon.

    2954 days ago
    I cringed reading this - but hope you manage to stay on track for now.

    When you get your sense of smell back, you can really go to town - new flavours and experiences. Have fun!
    2954 days ago
    Good for you to take your appreciation of your missing sense of taste and turn that into something which you can focus on during your recovery...re-discover the delight that the taste buds can bring...! :-)

    2954 days ago
    Thanks for bringing this up. Never stopped to think that when you can't taste you seem to do a lot of "useless" eating.

    Great idea to have everything tracked. You are doing such a great job. Keep it up.

    It will be nice when you can smell and taste again!

    Mary Anne
    2955 days ago
  • KITTYF54
    Good points. thanks. I recently went out and bought five or six salt free spice mixes. I've been eating the same things for a year now because of my diabetes and I was so bored that I couldn't get off the carbs and back on my diet. I finally realized I needed to add FLAVOR!! and Mrs Dashes or and other salt free blends are a godsend. Thank the Lord I thought of it or I could still be binging.

    Hope you get your sense of taste back soon. it stinks when you can't smell. LOL what a sentence.
    2955 days ago
    I wouldn't have thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. Good for you, figuring it out and taking steps to deal with it.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

    2955 days ago
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