Along with the standard, "Brush your teeth after every meal" and "Wash your hands before eating," my mother added a few 'rules' to the mealtime ritual.
- Take small bites.
- Chew each bite at least 25 times.
- Leave a part of your meal on your plate.
Since beginning The Maker's Diet, I have been trying to follow the first two rules more diligently. The third rule is somewhat unnecessary due to the fact that I am already taking smaller, more appropriate portions than I had previously eaten. As well, by slowing the process down - actually taking the time to enjoy the food - I actually feel 'full' on less food. This is no mystery, though. It basically gives your body time to respond to the influx of food.
Yesterday, I made another visit to It's Only Natural. I was actually looking for a specific product - raw, organic honey. I was pleased to find that they had a couple of brands to choose from. As with all other healthier food options, the choices were not cheap. Well, I ended up picking up a jar for about $11.00. Given that I intend to limit my usage to no more than 1 Tbsp. per day, this jar should last me about a month (unless Rae decides to also add it to her tea!). Today, I added a Tbsp. to the 32 oz. container of yogurt I have in the refrigerator. After blending it in - no easy prospect as the honey was almost solid - I dished out a serving. I was amazed that that comparatively small amount of honey sufficiently sweetened the entire container of yogurt. As I primarily intend to use the honey for this purpose, I should get even more than 1 month out of each jar.
It looks like I am going to need to make another visit to Deerfield Farm soon. I really want to try making my own yogurt and other things that require milk. I am not sure when I can get there next, but hopefully it will be soon.