I had my first naartjie today since, well, last year. And it made me really happy. Sounds like an odd thing to say, but the smell and sticky fingers took me straight back to when I was a little kid and my dad used to peel naartjies and oranges for all of us while we sat in our pjs by the fire.
Smell has a huge impact on our choice and enjoyment of food. It’s an external cue that has the power of a superhero, stimulating our appetite even when we’re not physically hungry.
So what should you do when you smell something and then immediately feel like you just have to have it? Give yourself a minute to get used to the smell. If you’re not physically hungry, remind yourself that you don’t have to eat it right away. Similarly, you don’t have to eat something like a delicious-smelling cinnamon bun every time you smell it; it will still be there tomorrow and the next day if you really do want it. And if you are hungry? Then make the right choice about what to eat and fully enjoy it, whether it’s a fruit, meal or dessert!
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