There’s something strange that happens to me once or twice a year. It’s a perceptible switch of preferences. The switch usually coincides with the onset and subsiding of summer, starting mid-spring and usually lasting until the Indian Summer hits.
Sometimes, I’m surprised as I skip a cycle. Instead of a six-month turnaround, the phases last a whole year. I don’t ever make a conscious choice about it, it just happens. I sometimes wonder if it’s body intelligence, shifting me to something that inherently it knows I need. That doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, though, as the shifts seem to be preferential, and not necessary. I’ve tried to wrest control of the shift, but I don’t seem to be able to affect it. I think I’ve ruminated on this to a few of you before….
The shift looks something like this: I move from coffee (black) to tea (Earl Grey, white and sweet). I move from Gin & Tonic to Scotch (neat). I move from water to Coke (especially with Mexican food and pizza). I start thinking of curling up in a blanket with a book and hot chocolate â€” instead of images of sun, outdoors and cool drinks. At Starbucks, I’ll order a Hot Carmel Apple Cider instead of the usual LattÃ©.
There are other shifts. Salad to soup. Just a week ago, I was craving salads, fruits and vegetables. Yesterday we had chili, and now I can’t stop craving the heartiness of meat and beans. I can’t even think of the lightness of salad right now. I think it has something to do with the weather. It’s gotten a lot cooler and rainy in the last week than it has been since mid-June. Perhaps I’m more like a bear than I realize, and my body seeks out heavier, calorie-laden foods.
Maybe foods are the clothes my insides wear.
Do you have a shift this way? What cravings leave and arrive in your life this time of year?