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I have been lurking about this forum for the last few weeks or so, and I also followed the Health & Nutrition board back on VegWeb. I've noticed things in how people describe their meals in the "what did you eat today" post, sometimes it is just a laundry list of x, y and z.<br><br>
Also, the fabulous article which kristadb posted in the "eat to live" thread has added to my ruminations. Don't worry, I'll reach some sort of conclusion soon ( I apologize for my writing organisation.. it's all helter- skelter).<br><br><br><br>
But here's what I've been thinking/ wondering:<br><br>
How many times have you eaten a meal/ snack and were able to fully describe the experience with all five of your senses? This also relates to the article which kristadb posted, the author advocated "eating with your hands" and just really enjoying your food.<br><br><br><br>
I have decided to try and fully experience my food. Makes me somewhat nostalgic for my toddler years.. kinda want to mash food and smear it around.. LOL<br><br>
But yeah, a lot of rambles and here's my point.<br><br>
I'm making a goal to be able to describe my food with as many senses as i can. For example, today i had a Fuji apple from the supermarket.. and i believe it's the best dang apple i have had in a loooooong time. what was so good about it? perhaps the fact that they were on sale for 0.99$$ / lbs. or maybe the fact that this apple was easily larger than my fist... or the fact that it was soo juciy, I bit into in, and felt as if i had spilt a cup of apple juce dowm my hands .. and a taste so sweet, i honestly do believe that it would support the claim "fruit is nature's candy"<br><br><br><br>
maybe because today is a fabulous day out, the sun is shining and birds singing and all.. but i just felt a rhapsodic mood.. all poetic and thoughtful<br><br><br><br>
ramble ramble...<br><br>
ampersand (&)
 

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Yesterday I ate an apple that fit *perfectly* between my fingers. Gripping the two sides of it, very nice. Sort of like my arm was um... Hehe, a toilet roll holder. You know how the magic little rod squeezes just right in between the two sides?<br><br><br><br>
Falafel at dinner was very comforting. Freshly made, warm, rich with spices... It warms the soul going down the throat.<br><br><br><br>
In the store this morning a three year old boy waved a banana at my nose. Heh! And all I could notice was how very phallic bananas are. (Does this make me sound like a child molester?)
 

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What a great post!<br><br>
How funny you posted this b/c now that i have adopted a vegan diet i *think* about my food a lot more. Before i would just EAT and not really enjoy the food in front of me. I just feel there is meaning to the vegan meals i'm eating. I definetly am tasting and feeling the food i'm eating these days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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When I first went veg and started reading all of those informative pamphlets and books, I came across one that recommended taking time to savor all the new foods you would be enjoying. I sat down with my lentils and couscous and made sure to smell every aroma, feel the warmth, the testures.. spread every bite around my mouth, chew fully. And I was impressed. I'd never realized how awesome food can be... It's not just something to cram into your stomach as fast as you can.<br><br><br><br>
Similarly, I *think* about the food as well. I think about how choosing a peanut butter sandwich over a turkey club is helping to reduce cruelty. I think it makes it taste better somehow... No guilt, just enjoyment.
 

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I noticed that too (and thought it was only me). When I was in my PV days (pre-veg*n), food was something you ate and had done. Now, food is something that is enjoyed, savored, delighted in, and yes, touched with the hands - even mashed 'tween the fingers. Throwback to the "toddler days"? Sure. But this time, I <i>don't</i> smear it in my hair or throw it on the walls but I have been known to put a bite in and hold it on my tongue just to feel the flavor and the texture of what I'm eating. I also have been known to chew extra slow because I want to appreciate fully what I'm eating and not just shove it in because I can.<br><br><br><br>
My mother used to tell me "don't play with your food" but that's because Mother wasn't veg*n. If she was, she would have told me "play with your food, experience it, become a part of it, enjoy it because it's truely enjoyable". And she wouldn't have had to fight with me to clean my plate. It would have been cleaned to a brilliant shine with the little pattern eaten off as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I agree, Krista. Enjoying your food <i>is</i> a wonderful gift. A wonderful, beautiful, incredable, awesome gift. I cry for those who don't know that because they are missing out on soooo much.
 

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one thing i have to eat with my hands is perogies. i fry them with lots of margarine and onion and mushrooms and seasoned salt. they're greasy and slippery and sooo salty. for some reason i just prefer to pick them up and get my hands greasy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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I think that's a great idea:<br><br><br><br>
"Experience your food with all your senses."<br><br><br><br>
People are often too busy to experince things. It's kind of like:<br><br><br><br>
"Stop and smell the roses"<br><br>
 
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