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Fasting from news, Recognizing when I've had enough...

Breakfast- 1/2 half large watermelon

Lunch- 1/2 half large watermelon

Dinner- 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, 1 large tomato, 1 large head green leaf lettuce

If I am paying attention to chewing and how I feel while I'm eating I am frequently aware of that moment when I feel that I've eaten enough of the particular food that I'm chewing.  While I was eating the macadamias I had that experience.  I had put about a half cup of nuts in a bowl and that's what I began dinner with.  After eating a few nuts, about 1/4 cup I realized that I'd eaten enough and that I didn't have the same relish for them that I had experienced with the first few bites.  This time I was willing to stop eating but that's not always the case.  Many times I just like chewing and crunching and munching even though its clear that I've had enough.

I think it's easier to be aware of this when I'm eating a mono-meal or one food at a time. 

Today is the second day without listening to or reading the news, listening to broadcast or recorded music, and keeping the lights off after sundown and not artificially extending the day.  I feel very mellow.  I'm surprised how quickly I feel the effect of unplugging from that kind of stimulation.  Surprisingly, I didn't sleep well last night.  I tossed and turned a bit.  I was very aware of the noise outside and I kept hearing a faint hum of a motor in the distance that I first thought was a distant helicopter.  However, it was constant and never changed.  I've decided that it was the motor of an electric fan or air conditioner in one of my neighbor's apartments.  I've never been aware of it before.

Going without electric light after sundown wasn't too much of a problem.  At this time of year in New York, daylight lasts until fairly late.  At 8:30 PM there was enough light coming in my window to read by.

Back to the nuts- I think the inner quiet I'm experiencing from being unplugged helped me to be attuned to knowing when I'd had enough.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 03:52PM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | CommentsPost a Comment

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