Foodie Friday: Pushing the Right Buttons

Posted on July 20th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Robert S. Donovan

Ah, travel… I truly love every aspect of it —even waiting in airports has its moments. Of course, as you may suspect, one of my favorite travel activities is discovering wonderful new foodie experiences.

This past week I went to Washington State for a training with Dr. Joe Dispenza (if you haven’t checked him out, I highly recommend it). After the training, I decided to give myself a day to explore Seattle before hopping a red-eye home.

For those of you who’ve been to Seattle, you can probably guess where I ended up… Pike Place Market! Now, Pike Place is not your typical farmer’s market: exploring it is a full-out adventure, filled with food, music, arts, crafts, and great people-watching. This is how food is meant to be displayed, bought, and enjoyed!

There were abundant arrays of fruits and vegetables, lively pasta vendors, succulent meats, fish like you’ve never seen before (I’ll get back to this one),and scrumptious pastries—including warm, freshly made donuts.

OK, full disclosure: I haven’t eaten a donut in decades—with the exception of the time my daughter and her best friend decided to try their hand at making some at home one night. So, I hope you can understand that as I walked by the donut stand, with its seductive aroma of fried sugar and flour, I decided, When in Seattle, eat freshly made donuts. It only took a few bites for the satisfaction button to hit, but, oh, what a wonderful few bites they were!

Yes, the satisfaction button. One of the most important mechanisms we possess. How many times have you had some delicious-looking food in front of you, taken a bite, and made that magical sound, “mmmm”? Then comes the interesting part. Have you ever noticed that the “mmm” factor fades around bite three or four and totally disappears by bite five or six? It’s easy to not notice this when we choose to eat really fast: we’re on bites seven-plus before we start to feel full.And  since the thing we’re eating is almost gone, we take a deep breath and push through to the end, Can anyone relate?

Well, luckily for my body (specifically the thigh region) I was able to employ the satisfaction button after the first few bites. I washed it down with spring water and walked away with my dignity intact—and a feeling of having just been adventurous in my heart!

Then I continued exploring the rest of the marketplace.Wow, amazing!  Even if you’re a vegetarian you could appreciate the total enthusiasm and artistry of the Pike Place fish market. Imagine a large iced-down open display case of whole fish:  sockeye salmon, tilapia, huge king salmon, and even bigger whole halibut. Then here’s the magic: there’s a fish guy standing in front of the open case, which faces the crowd (yes, there’s a crowd of people just watching the fish market!), and when someone picks out a fish to buy, the front guy yells to the guy standing behind the back display case to let him know it’s coming, and then he throws the fish at him! Yup, he literally tosses the fish about 12 feet to the guy behind the counter, who then catches it (at least every time I watched) and packs it up. The sheer enthusiasm of the crowd, as well as the staff, has to make that the most digestible, energy-infused fish ever eaten!

And that brings us back to the topic of the satisfaction button. I’m convinced that the satisfaction button is a mixture of the energy of the eater with the energy of the food being consumed. High-energy food is simply more satisfying! Those donuts, made fresh by people who obviously love donuts, were imbued with energy. Combine that with my playful attitude at trying one and we have a stellar combination I like to call the yoga of eating.

I’d love to hear about your foodie travel adventures and your satisfying experiences of eating food served with love.


About Deb Morgan

Deb, Kripalu’s Former Executive Chef, draws on more than 25 years’ experience in the world of natural foods, including owning and running an organic restaurant and tea shop. Deb is an enthusiastic chef and is author of the Kripalu Seasonal Recipe Book series. Her approach to food and cooking is grounded in a deep belief that love is the main ingredient in a healthful diet.
  • Shondra

    LOVE Pike Place. And congrats on knowing when you’ve hit the satisfaction point…that is something most of us need to work on.  :)

    I’d love to feature this post on our Northwest-based site. Email me for details!

    shondra (at) dwellable (dot) com


  • Longtime Sun Yoga

    I love this article!  I eat so quickly I am often accused of “inhaling” my food and often have to consciously try to slow down (with varying degrees of success).  It IS much more fulfilling, but even at my slowest I still finish before everyone else!  :)  The “yoga” of eating – conscious consumption!