Gentle Readers, let those amongst us who have not engaged in the less than gentle activity of wolfing down food like a wild dog cast the first fork. I don’t see any cutlery flying people. I will openly confess, there are times, in fact today, where my eating gets delayed, and I attack the first thing I see. My poor colleagues witnessed an assault on some stray trail mix I found in my purse. It was not pretty.
But let us all make this the exception, not the rule. As I’ve carried on before about the joy of salad chewing, and chewing in general, clearly my tastes run to the bovine. The endless research done on why French people can eat croissants daily and not gain an ounce pretty much all says, exercise, and enjoy your food.
I saw one study that indicated we eat more of food we don’t like. Yes, that sounds nuts, but I believe it. It’s as if you can consume it until it improves. So tonight, though I was unbelievably hungry (do not snicker Gentle Readers who know me, yes, that is my near-constant state), I made myself sit down, and really chew and taste. I ate less, and I enjoyed more.
The whole short schedule for school lunches as always made me a bit nuts, but I continue to be impressed at how The Practical Cooks Junior adapt. They ask me to pack smaller lunches. They take what they can consume and still enjoy the social experience with their friends. Would that we all be that clever and retain that good sense into adulthood.
So that’s my challenge to you, the next time you find yourself inhaling instead of chewing your food. What does it taste like? What did it taste like? What do you like or dislike about it? Would you eat it again?
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Coming up, on the road again, a restaurant review: Beaufort Grocery (in NC).