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12 Gifts of Mindful Eating: Day 5 – Taste

By Michelle May, M.D.

Five Tastes Arugula Salad with Oranges(Taste is Day 5 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 Taste

My husband Owen is a professional chef (I know; lucky me!). One of his culinary secrets is layering ingredients that are sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and/or savory to create a multidimensional eating experience.

Variety is the spice of life!

Today, conduct your own Flavor Experiment by making a salad or sandwich that intentionally features items representative of these various tastes. Taste the ingredients as you assemble your salad and identify whether it is predominantly sweet, salty, bitter, sour, savory, or a combination.

Our recipe for Five Tastes Arugula Salad with Oranges, Almonds and Shaved Parmesan is an excellent example of this concept. Share your own creations in the comments section!

Day #6: The Gift of Sight


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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