When’s the last time anybody really tasted their food? I know that you have to put it in your mouth and eat it, but when have you actually TASTED it?
I think that most of America – if not the world – are inundated with tastes and flavors. We have “NEW BOLD FLAVORS” and “EXTREME TASTES” written allover our packages. You can’t get Pringles or Doritos or anything without having new and improved bolder flavors.
So what does this have to do with tasting your food?
Since I started eating less (and eating less processed) I have noticed how delicious food is. I pretty much have been eating nothing but shredded chicken, a little cheese and a tortilla. This is my meal twice per day. I never thought that I would say that these chicken quesadillas are some of the most delicious things I’ve eaten. Perhaps it’s because I am eating less, or eating less flavorful things, but each day I eat them they get tasting better. I will probably find out the cause on Saturday when I finally go out to eat with my wife. If the food I eat at the restaurant is insanely good, then I am convinced that overindulgence isn’t only bad for your body, it’s bad for your taste buds as well.
I told my friend this and he thinks I’m crazy. He thinks it’s just because once you get used to eating something over and over, it tastes better. I can’t agree with this. I’m pretty sure if I ate nothing but Big Daddy’s Pizza every day for 2 or 3 meals I wouldn’t think it tastes better. I think it really has something to do with eating more natural and less.
This all came up after eating my 4th straight lunch of shredded chicken on a whole wheat/low carb tortilla with a small amount of cheese. Who wouldn’t be sick of that after their 8th meal (lunch AND dinner)? Apparently me. And my wife seems okay with it so far.
Thursday is Kyokushin day. I was excited for it though my abdomen, chest and hips were still quite sore from Tuesday’s class along with running I did on Wednesday. When we got there, we were surprised to see about 17 people had shown up. We are all in a fairly small room so it made things a little more difficult and a little more interesting. It also seemed to make the Sensei more excited about the class. We worked out quite a bit harder (though I didn’t burn “more” calories than other days) and spent more time on the basics. We also lined up and punched, kicked and slapped each other to get used to pain.
I also got to experience people obtaining their belts for the first time. Quite a few guys and gals in our class obtained their green or brown belts which was very exciting. It makes me want to do it even more and actually work towards getting mine. That means I will probably actually have to fight which I am not used to. But that is partially what this is about… learning and experiencing something new.
At the end of the class we did some core exercise and then the Sensei walked around and punched each of us in the abdomen while we were lying on the ground. Some might think this is crazy, but I think it makes sense. You want to learn to fight and use what we’re learning in real life, you’re going to have to get used to real pain. My wife will disagree but he took it pretty easy on the ladies, but he put his full force into us guys. I was surprised it wasn’t too bad. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an insane bruise on my stomach, but it didn’t really bother me.
S&M with structure?
Breakfast – Protein shake
Snack – Protein bar
Lunch – Chicken quesadillas
Dinner – Chicken quesadillas
An hour+ of walking at work
2 hours of Kyokushin karate