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12 Gifts of Mindful Eating: Day 4 – Aroma

By Michelle May, M.D.

Aroma is a gift of mindful eating(Aroma is Day 4 of the 12 Gifts of Mindful Eating. For 12 days, we are sharing a mini-mindful eating exercise to help you focus on the gift of each day. Each one is intentionally short, simple, and powerful. After all, big gifts often come in small packages!)

The Gift of Aroma

Flavor is actually a combination of taste and aroma. In fact, your tongue only perceives about 10% of the “flavor” you perceive: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami (savory). Everything else you “taste” is actually coming from the aroma.

Eating is a sensuous, multisensory experience! Today begins a series of Flavor Experiments. This is a really fun activity to do with your family!

Choose several similar foods to “taste” with your nose plugged and your eyes closed. Suggestions:

  • Apples and if you dare, raw sweet onion (be prepared to be amazed!), or pears
  • Lemons and limes
  • Black and green olives
  • Jelly beans or fruit flavored LifeSavers
  • Red and white wine

Please share your ahas!

Day # 5: The Gift of Taste


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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