Food. We talk so much about its origins, safety, and contributions to our health that sometimes we forget what a pleasure it can be. Sitting down to a meal can be a wonderful way to indulge all five senses, and it's important to remember that and strike a balance when we're thinking about nutrition and the pleasure of eating. Making sure food is appealing is important to ensure it gets eaten and helps to provide the balanced nutrition needed.
It’s no surprise that if food doesn’t taste good people won’t eat it, and we know that nutrition is only as good as it tastes. There's no reason why food can't be healthy and tasty at the same time.
Taking time to experience the pleasures of eating can also contribute to healthier eating habits. Multitasking throughout the day seems to be necessary to accomplish all that you need to do. With work and personal lives to foster, it’s no wonder so many of us eat on the run or during meetings. However, if you’re just eating to refuel your body, you might be missing all the pleasures of food. You might even miss the signals your body sends to tell you that you have eaten too much.
We're lucky enough to live in a time when we have access to a global village of flavour. Why not embrace it, and enjoy the pleasures of food?
There’s a sweet spot where the pleasures of food overlap with eating well. By partnering with a chef who knows how to please the senses with a nutritionist who understands the body’s needs, we can bring together two worlds of expertise that all too often remain separate, letting each learn from the other.
The power of mindful eating
Mindful eating is being present, moment by moment, for each sensation that happens during eating, such as chewing, tasting and swallowing. If you’ve ever practiced mindfulness in any way (such as meditation, relaxation or breathing exercises), you are familiar with how easily our minds wander. The same happens when we eat. When you begin to practice mindful eating, one important thing to remember is not to judge yourself when you notice your mind drifting off the experience of eating. Instead, just keep returning to the awareness of that taste, chew, bite or swallow.
DID YOU KNOW? A person begins life with about 10,000 taste buds. They transfer information to a region in the brain that processes pleasure, memory, motivation, reward and desire.