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The Last Orange on Earth: An activity to teach mindful eating

The Last Orange on Earth: An activity to teach mindful eating

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Why is mindful eating important? Orange Peel Bread.
Why is mindful eating important? Orange Peel Bread.

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Published by: University of Wyoming Extension on Feb 04, 2010
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Deborah Johnson
, BS,Family and ConsumerScience Educator, NatronaCounty (retired)
Suzanne Pelican
, MS, RD,Food and NutritionSpecialist, Departmento Family and ConsumerSciences, University o Wyoming CooperativeExtension Service
An activity to teach mindful eating
Why is mindful eating important?Especially for educatorsLearner objectives
Experts agree that
we eat greatly aects our health. But what about
we eat? Do wethink about our ood while we eat it, or, too oten, do we eat while we drive, type on a keyboard,read a book, watch TV, or play a computer game? Based on research rom the WIN the Rock-ies project
, eating while doing something else increases the chances o a person gainingexcess weight
, but regardless o how much we weigh, this distracted or mindlesseating is an unhealthy habit. This handout describes an activity that can help educators teach adultsand youths – all o us – to become more mindul when we eat. Minduleating is an important part o having a healthy liestyle, and we need ahealthy liestyle to achieve a healthy weight
Universityof Wyoming
Cooperative Extension Service
As a result o this experience and taking timeto actively see, smell, eel, and taste an orangewhile they eat it, participants will
time to enjoy the ood they eat.
ll them up.
can be uniquely satisying. These perspectives and skills can helppeople eat more mindully.I you have been looking or a way to teach otherpeople about mindul eating, this activity is designedwith you in mind!
“Honor thegift of food.”
—Northwest Coast Indian proverb and WIN the Rockies
and WIN Wyoming
Cooperative Extension Service
What you will need
too expensive, people can share.
: I working withyouths, sturdy plastic knives may be more appropriate.
Participant steps – 
Guidance to give your participants
1. Wash your hands.2. Admire the color, shape, and t
exture o the ruit.3. Oranges grow on trees in warm climates. Close your eyes and imagine where yourorange grew.
Can you eel the warm sun? Can you smell the blossoms? Can yousee the ruit on the trees? 
4. Open your eyes and smell the orange.
table to release the orange essence.
7. Use the knie to make several cuts, just through the peel. Create quarters by rstcutting around the ruit and then cutting rom top to bottom.
: I workingwith youths, it may be best to have an adult or older youth make these cuts.8. Take time to smell the orange again.
Does it smell stronger? Sweeter? 
10. Separate a couple o segments. Examine their inner structure – hundreds o tiny juice-lled sacs.
how the juice bursts into your mouth and lls it with orange favor.12. Chew slowly and experience the texture o the membrane.
How is this dierent than drinking a glass o orange juice? 
13. As you chew slowly, pretend this is the last orange on earth. It’s all yours!
Food for thought – 
west to the Mediterranean, whereorange trees spread across North
Columbus carried seeds o orangeand lemon trees to the West Indies.
Oranges today 
-ing country in the world, ollowedby the United States, Mexico, Spain,Italy, China, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco,and Greece.Florida and Caliornia are the lead-ing orange-producing states in theUnited States. These two statesproduce nearly 25
pounds o oranges each year! There are many ways to say “orange,”or example: In Dutch –
-nohs-ap-pel); Italian –
-chah); Spanish –
-ho); German –
“I like this activity.Oranges are so muchmore than a rich sourceo vitamin C: The spray that can zing you when you peel it, the essenceo orange and the ‘resh’ that flls your nose, the juice that covers your fngers as you peel it. . . .” 
 - Judy Barbe, registereddietitian, Western DairyCouncilWas the orange satisying? Why orwhy not?Do you usually eat an orange in thisway?What would happen i you ate oodthis way more oten?How oten do you eat because youare hungry or ood? How much isto ll a need that has nothing to dowith ood?Imagine your orange really is thelast one on earth, and it’s your jobto keep the memory o the orangerom being lost rom the world. Think about what you would say toanother person. How would youdescribe the experience so he/shecould appreciate an orange?
Questions to ask participants to guide discussionand convey other important meanings
Fruit facts
Did you know . . . ? 
Botanically speaking, the orange wecommonly eat or make into juice is
Citrus sinesis
. The bitter orange, alsocalled Seville, is a dierent species.
Valencia, Hamlin, Moro, and Jaa.Orange trees are evergreens that canproduce leaves, fowers, and ruit allat the same time.In addition to being rereshing anddelicious, oranges are packed witholate, vitamin C, potassium, ber,and substances called phytochemi-cals, which help prevent disease.
History and geography 
Oranges may have rst grown inChina 4,000 years ago.About 2,000 years ago, oranges be-gan to spread beyond China, prob-ably rst to India. They expanded

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