“If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you’re not hungry.”
Author Michael Pollan
When I’m holding the kitchen door open, staring, hoping something delicious and filling will greet me, this quote comes to mind. It makes me reach for an apple after giving leftovers, cheese, and other yummy things consideration. Then, I get all mad at Michael Pollan. Perfect, skinny, Pollan family who get full eating an apple.
Then, I think about Mireille Guiliano–she’s the French Women Don’t Get Fat lady. She says to cut up your fruit and eat it with mindfulness and treat it like a dessert. It sounds so lovely and simple. And, then I get mad at Mireille. My internal dialogue, “Yeah, well, if I lived in France part of the year, I wouldn’t need to choke down children’s leftovers when I get home late …because they don’t have frozen chicken nuggets there.”
After I get done being mad about how perfect the Pollans and French women are, I choose the apple. And, I cut it up. Eating slowly and mindfully makes food more filling and satisfying. I notice and enjoy the flavors…unlike when I gobble an apple while walking the dog or cover it in peanut butter.
You don’t need me to tell you that apples are actually good for you, right? They are high in fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. This means they help your digestive tract and can help fight off bad guys.
I like that they are crunchy, sweet, and sometimes tart. I like them all by themselves, to make salads sweet, slow cooked all day into apple butter, and sauteed alongside pork chops.
But, mostly, I just like to eat them like Soph does-with a slather of good peanut butter.