Day 16 Sensuous

Today’s post is a simple reminder. If you don’t like it, don’t force yourself to eat it. Really, give yourself a freakin’ break.

I don’t like purslane. I don’t like mustard greens. I just eat other good stuff. 

I don’t know why I don’t like peaches, but I don’t. I didn’t used to like watermelon and now I love it, so I’m open to the possibility that one day, I’ll like peaches. I’ll probably try a bite of one this summer. 

We are so lucky to have such bounty of fresh produce. We get apples flown in from half way around the world when it’s not apple season here. I ate a banana yesterday (okay, I made ice cream and used a banana, and, by the way, it was fabulous) and that banana was neither local nor organic. Most of what I eat in summer is local and organic. Sometimes, I make other choices. Because there are so many wonderful options, I don’t stress that I enjoy blackberries but not blueberries and that I enjoy the occasional plum but never a peach. 

Be kind to yourself about food. Open up to the possibility of really enjoying everything you’re eating. Notice the qualities of what you eat, the different textures and tastes, and when you can, slow down as you eat. Smell as you eat. Use your fingers as you eat. Eating is one of the most human things we do. It’s one of the very first things we do. It’s a sensuous act we are invited to perform daily and we are welcomed to do so with pleasure.