Slower Eating. And Larch Trees!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
SparkCoach suggested blogging about slowing down the pace of eating; consciously slowing our tendency to inhale large quantities, and enjoying and savoring the tastes of healthy foods. I have had a LOT of practice at slow eating for the past 5 weeks! I broke my right wrist, and because of the cast I am eating with my left hand. It is much harder than I thought. I DO enjoy my meals more eating slower; but I don't enjoy how messy I am! I thought I would be more coordinated than I am, instead I am eating like a toddler trying to move up from eating pablum!
My friend Micki told me she lost 10 pounds when she broke her right wrist because of how hard it was to eat. So far that has not been my experience
But I rely on exercise a LOT for my wellness, and my hiking has reduced and fitness classes have stopped due to the broken bone (the cracked rib was really painful for 4 weeks). My cast comes of next week, just in time for Thanksgiving YAY!
I did a nice hike yesterday with my friend Linda at Shevlin Park to see the larch trees. Larch trees (also called tamarack trees in some areas) are the only deciduous conifers. Larches are tall skinny trees, very inconspicuous until their needles turn yellow and drop in the late fall.
Larch trees along Tumalo Creek
The ground was yellow with all the fallen larch needles
Of course I love the other trees (mostly ponderosa pines and juniper) also!
Our trail took us over the old covered bridge
My friend Linda
In the evening, I joined my friends to celebrate Pat's birthday. She has had an incredible year: chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer, reconstructive surgery, pneumonia. And trips cross-country skiing in Norway, Austria, and trekking in Nepal. She made it to Everest base camp!!! Here's to Pat, may she continue to seize every adventure that comes her way! (she is also a MASTER of slow eating and savoring every bite!) Pat's on the left in this birthday photo.
Me, Pat, Shari