Sensual Eating & Weight Loss
Updated: Feb 18, 2018
I'm going to let you in on six sensuality secrets that will give you more pleasure from your food!
But first, why am I talking about eating and sensuality in the same sentence? Researchers have estimated that as much as 30-40% of our digestive response to a meal is due to the Cephalic Phase Digestive Response or CPDR.
So what is CPDR and why is it important?
CPDR simply put means that the thought, sight and smell of food stimulates gastric secretions to prepare for the digestion of food even before you have taken your first bite and that much of the pleasure of eating is derived from this anticipation.
The way your brain works is that it must experience this pleasure and satisfaction from the thought of food even before eating in order to signal to your body to stimulate digestive juices.
BUT if you eat too fast or absentmindedly, your brain will interpret this unsatisfying experience as hunger. So even if you’ve just wolfed down a huge meal, you may still feel hungry!
So no more shoving fork-loads of unidentifiable food into your mouth while watching mind-numbing TV. The point is to give your undivided attention to the food on your plate and you will be amazed at the results!
So what will eating sensually actually do for me?
Basically, the more AWARENESS and PRESENCE you bring to each meal, the LESS you’ll need to eat. AND the less AWARENESS and PRESENCE you bring to each meal, the MORE you’ll need to eat.
For example: Have you ever gobbled down a packet of crisps only to find you can’t even remember what flavour they were? Then you’re foregoing 30-40% of your digestive power, decreasing nutrient absorption and slowing down your metabolism.
Plus because of CPDR (read PART 1 post) your brain still WANTS to eat because it craves the full sensual experience of eating. So if you aren’t engaging CDPR, the brain registers HUNGER, saying “Wait! I didn’t eat! I want more!”—even if you’ve eaten an entire bag of crisps!
6 tips to sensual eating
1. Sight: Savour the colours of your food, the beauty of what’s come from the earth, the rain and the sun. 2. Smell: Bring the food up to your nose as if you’ve never smelled it before and inhale. 3. Touch: What’s the texture of your food? Of your utensils? Of the napkin on your lap? 4. Environment: What environment are you creating for yourself when you eat? Candles or fluorescent light? Special china or paper plates? A crystal goblet or plastic cup? 5. Texture: Chew your food about 30 times per bite and notice the texture of the food...let yourself breathe while chewing. 6. Pamper Yourself: You may be wondering who are you to pamper yourself? And I ask you: who are you NOT to pamper yourself? So buy that special treat for yourself like truffle oil to spruce up your salad or high quality dark chocolate for dessert and enjoy!