Recap of Day 24: I think my taste buds have finally grown up. In the last 24 days everything literally taste different. Examples, I used to tolerate tomatoes because I knew they were good for me and now I crave them along with jalapeños. Who am I? I am half Cuban and half Canadian, born with no spice in my blood other than garlic and cumin (and that's not even spicy).
So last night I go into the fridge and have everything set for the family dinner except a meal for myself. I look around the kitchen with my normal "what can I do tonight without being totally bored?". I saw a vine ripe tomato, avocado, green onions, basil and a jalapeño and then heard "I think I can make a caprese salad with this" (I swear a "Food God" spoke to me at that moment). Holy amazeballs...it was so delicious. I just sliced a tomato like you would for a caprese salad, added a thick slice of avocado on top (instead of cheese) and then diced the onion, basil and jalapeño and sprinkled them on top. Not only would my mother be proud of the color and look of it, it tasted beyond amazing. This is something I could serve at any vegan or lactose free event (cause you know I do those often...hahaha). 2nd keeper for the books.
Day 25: I slept great after a long day at the shop and a wonderful late night "kids are asleep" conversation with my husband. This cleanse has shown me how to slow down and connect, not only with myself but also with my own family. Sometimes we feel like passing ships in the night. Why was that ever okay? I know sometimes there's seasons of life when you are just surviving the moment. But enough is enough. I don't want to survive any moment. I want to embrace it. My husbands favorite buddhist saying is "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". I finally get it now. I seem to be "getting" a lot of things lately.
Fact: Flavor profiles do get better with age, even though science says our taste buds are dying off rather than regenerating (or growing up as I thought above). But thankfully our taste buds are not the full picture here. Here's a great Bon Appétite article almost everyone can relate to about our sense of taste and it's evolution from childhood. "The big predictor of whether someone will like something like bitter melon or hoppy beer isn't their sensitivity to bitterness," Marcia Pelchat, a sensory psychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. "It's their exposure to it, their motivation, their interest. It's all cultural stuff." When I was researching about gardening, I found the same feedback on taste evolution. Actually growing your own food helps kids like vegetables more because they are exposed to it and the emotional experience with it is positive. I totally get the "exposure" thing now.