statue of man being wrestled down by an octopus while a sweet ladyfriend looks on (Kranj, Slovenia)
The other day, I was waiting to meet a friend in the beautiful old town center of Kranj, Slovenia. Here in Slovenia, spring has sprung, the flowers are starting to bloom, people are out and about, and gorgeous gelato is back and in abundance. As I waited for my friend and ambled around the old town, people -- nearly EVERYONE, young, old, DOGS!-- walked past me happily licking ice cream cones and I thought to myself, "Maybe I should too? Just one to start the season." Then, I remembered I still had one piece of fruit in my bag, an orange, that I had taken to work with me. I said to myself, "OK, I'll eat this orange, and then I'll go get that ice cream cone." I unpeeled the fruit and went to town on it, juice was flying everywhere (I still need to learn how to eat those things properly). Oddly enough by the time I'd eaten the last bite, the thought of ice cream was a distant memory. It wasn't even that the orange was so incredible. It was just satiating. As I am only about a month into my primal journey, it was an important lesson to me not to fall into sugary empty-calorie'd temptation just for the sake of it.
I can already sense my taste buds changing, and overly-saccharine sweet things are losing their appeal to me. I am reconnecting with the natural taste and textures of foods -- the crunch of an apple, the fragrant and sweet mushiness of a good kiwi. While I'm sure I'll have an ice cream or two as the summer months weave through, I am absolutely certain I'll be having far more apples, kiwis, pineapples, berries, oranges, and keeping them within close reach.