This week we are continuing our series on the 7 Different Types of Hunger and the topic is all about the powers of our NOSE!
1. Eye Hunger 2. Nose Hunger 3. Mouth Hunger 4. Stomach Hunger 5. Cellular Hunger 6. Mind Hunger 7. Heart Hunger
Nose hunger….This is where a smell can illicit a desire to eat or not eat a food which can be based on our past experiences and emotions that the smell invokes. (Think Thanksgiving Dinner, Grandma’s signature dish, or the discovery of 2 week old leftovers in your fridge.)
True Story….My first memory of smelling a flower of any kind took place on a sunny, Spring morning in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1999. I was 21 years old and had been living in Fort Collins for a little over a year by that point. I was walking past a beautiful big tree with loads of flowers freshly bloomed. At first, I had no idea what the scent was. Instinctively, I took several big sniffs whilst pointing my nose in several directions, attempting to figure out where that captivating fragrance came from. When it hit me that I was smelling the blooms, I got very excited, tearful even and called my Mom to tell her the news.
Yes, it is strange that up until 21 years of age, I had a very limited if any, ability to smell. I have LOADS of environmental allergies and several food sensitivites. Moving to the dry climate of Colorado and learning about how to reduce food reactions did wonders for my health. After the tree incident I began noticing other differences in my sense of smell. Namely, that I could. And most noticeably, I didn’t have to add 1/2 a bottle of Tabasco in order to taste my meals.
I naturally shifted into a phase of food experimentation and used my newly found sense of smell to discover what real food tasted like.
Do you have a nose hunger experience, too? If so, please share it. We’d love to hear how your nose influences your hunger.