When is the last time you enjoyed a meal? I mean REALLY enjoyed a meal? Or a snack, or beverage, or whatever? I know I don’t do it often enough. We’re all so busy and rushed that we eat on the go and while sitting at our desks. (I can’t tell you the last time I ate at my dining table!) But food can be a truly sensual experience!
My inspiration for writing this came about two minutes ago. I was eating a cupcake – the last of a four-pack of dark chocolate peanut butter cup cupcakes from Trader Joe’s. Not peanut butter cup as in having peanut butter cups in them, but peanut butter cup as in a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate cupcake with a bit of creamy peanut butter inside, topped with a decadent dark chocolate ganache frosting and another dollop of peanut butter. (If that sounds amazing to you, I urge you to NEVER BUY THEM! They are addictive! You will crave them to the point of waking up in the middle of the night and realizing that the world might as well come to an end because you’re out of cupcakes and it’s past 9pm, so Trader Joe’s is closed!)
So, anyway, I was eating my cupcake, and I realized it was the LAST one! I’m starting a new food plan and exercise regimen in a couple of days, so I won’t be purchasing any more for quite some time. So, I decided to step back from my desk to revel in the richness and relish the deliciousness of the cupcake. Granted, it only took me about a minute and a half to eat it – bottom first, with my head tilted back and the cupcake over my face, so as not to drop even one divine morsel, then moving on to the top, with it’s exquisite combination of flavors and textures – but that minute and a half was worth savoring!
The point is, we pay so much attention to everything OUTSIDE of ourselves, that we forget how important the things are that go on INSIDE us. The next time you come across something delicious, step away from the computer, turn off the television, and put down your phone. Enjoy what you’re providing for your body!