Later that same day - after SAD Thanksgiving Dinner
OK, I ate a very foodie thanksgiving dinner - recipes from various chef's from the Food Channel, others from magazines Bon Appetite or even older favorites from Gourmet, a few family favorites that are named for Great Aunts mostly things like creamed onions and various pies.
Surprisingly, I didn't enjoy this meal as I thought I would - in the terms of this is the type of food I have been depriving myself of or craving, as I have thought in the past, when I have been on diets and allowed myself the Thanksgiving meal.
This time I had a completely different observation of my association with this food: though it was well prepared and nicely presented and certainly made with love, it actually didn't taste good to me. And I know why - I have completely new taste buds!
What tasted REALLY GOOD was the sweet potato soup I made last night - it was fabulous and MWL. You could taste every component, the sweet potato, the carrots, the sweet basil and it wasn't burdened with the taste of oil. I am now actually bothered by the taste of fat -- to me it just completely drowns the actual taste of food. I believe this is why what was delicious to me last year is just not actually tasty to me now!
It's not to say that I didn't appreciate the SAD food; I surely did, immensely, but more in the vein of the effort and skills required to make such a beautiful dinner.
So, I am home now and glad to find that I have enough sweet potatoes left to make more sweet potato soup tomorrow - and I'll be just fine with that and not feeling the least bit deprived that I don't have Turkey Day leftovers in my fridge.
Frankly, I find this rather shocking, but I am also very happy about it too. I am also a little surprised that I am excited that I will take an hour long walk to help eliminate some of the fat I obtained tonight. It's cold,foggy and drippy here now, much colder than usual and yet, I know I can't wait to get up early and get out there.
It occurs to me that I am really thankful for some very simple pleasures and that makes me feel quite satisfied in a very new sort of way