Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Turns out, being a foodie, working for a flavour company and having to organise a wedding is very trying for the calorie conscious...
I love british tv and all the cooking programs that it proposes, and I will extend that to the many food blogs/websites with delicious looking pictures, but they weaken my resolve on a daily basis…and like a rabbit caught in headlights, I am usually stunned-like and lose my ability to change channel. I will say though, that I usually find I can adapt the suggestion to make it healthier. Yesterday I was enamoured with the healthy fish dishes shown in the Great British Menu….so maybe I am learning afterall.
Everyday, although I work for the health section of our company, the production site next to our building churns out a new batch of flavours, and recently they have been sweet oriented, from the summer-loaded berry smells to the lemon candy scent that hit me just 30 minutes ago. Luckily they are often fading by the evening when I walk through the carpark to get on my way home, or blended with our healthy plant extract smells (nothing like a strong crushed garlic smell to put you off the raspberry jam fantasies)….but not yesterday. Maybe the air was still, maybe we had no plants to extract, maybe I left earlier than usual…but upon opening the front door a warm wave of sugary sweet flavour hugged me like walking into candyfloss. The smell was that of vanilla fudge and I could feel my mouth watering and my breathing becoming deeper as if it would enable me to taste the delicious air. Sadly there was no substance, only my brain racing through it’s memory bank and bringing to my tongue, to my head the memory of the taste, the feel, the whole experience of vanilla fudge…by that point I was salivating, and my belly started rumbling even though I was not hungry. By a lucky coincidence, by the time I finally reached the car I started smelling the nearby farm, which slapped me right out of my sugary day dreaming. And as it must have been a strong day, I resisted the urge for an after dinner treat of ice cream and munched on a few pieces of fresh pineapple instead.
As for the wedding? Well, luckily we have chosen a restaurant that mostly offers lighter healthy dishes, so I hope that overall we can come up with a menu that is not too bad…but in the meantime we have to look at food options…delicious mouth-watering food choices. And don’t even get me started on the cake!!
So, I guess losing weight would be a lot easier if I did not love food and if all my senses did not get so easily tickled by appetising offerings…but life would be quite boring I think!
So………….. which sense is YOUR worse trigger?