One secret to eating healthy without gaining weight is to use all six senses while enjoying your meal. Yes, you have an extrasensory perception beyond your five traditionally recognized senses. Read on . . .
Phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants determine the color of your food. Different colors offer different health benefits. Deep, vibrant colors offer stronger benefits, while processed foods and other foods low in vitamins and minerals—which tend to be beige or colorless unless “fake” color is added—lack health benefits.
Green pigmentation comes from chlorophyll, which offers strong antioxidant and anticancer effects, improves liver detoxification, digestion, and weight control. Dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, and collards, fresh herbs like parsley, dill and cilantro, algae, sprouts, and green vegetables and fruits are all rich with chlorophyll.
Bluish purple color comes from anthocyanins, which possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. Anthocyanins are found in eggplant (especially the skin), blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, and pomegranates.
Yellowish green color contains a substance called lutein, “the eye vitamin”, which also supports brain function and enhances memory and learning. Carrots, eggs, red and yellow peppers, sweetcorn, and tomatoes are lutein-rich foods. Moreover, yellowish green fruit and vegetables are rich with vitamin C.
Red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, and cranberries are rich with vitamin C, and folate and flavonoids, which reduce inflammation and have antioxidant properties.
Yellowish orange fruit has beta and alpha carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.
What color should your meals be? Make rainbows!
The sense of taste is your health alarm when eating. The healthier you are, the more this sense drives you toward the best foods for your body. When polluted with processed food and an unhealthy lifestyle, you will be less able to taste natural flavors and will crave “fake” food and artificial aromas instead. When your body is healthy, adding sugar, salt, fat, and cream to your food is not necessary because your sense of taste will guide you to choose naturally salty food (seaweed, fish, certain vegetables), natural sugar (fruit, carrots, brown rice, whole cereals), natural bitter aroma (chicory, broccoli, lettuce), naturally sour tastes (citrus, vinegar, fermented foods) and naturally spicy food (garlic, ginger, black pepper).
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, every natural flavor strengthens an organ. Craving an artificial aroma or any alteration of the perception of a natural one is a good hint that the corresponding organ is damaged or suffering.
Listen to your body while eating or preparing a meal. If you want to add salt, or think your coffee tastes terrible without sugar, or are convinced you hate that bitter vegetable, go through a detox protocol to cleanse your body. You’ll rediscover how to enjoy naturally healthy food.
A healthy sense of smell will drive you to eat foods that are best for you. People with a weakened sense of smell may try to boost flavor by adding salt or sugar to their foods, which creates future problems, especially for anyone at risk of high blood pressure, kidney disease, or diabetes.
Enjoying the smell of your food enriches your eating experience. The right aromas improve your mood and remind you of pleasant memories.
Touch is the interface between body and the outside world. Skin is rich in nerve endings, but the inside of your mouth is even richer. Want to optimize your eating experience? Engage the sense of touch.
Flavor combines smell, texture, color, and temperature. Touch reveals other food properties, like, for example, weight. Engaging the sense of touch further connects you to your food, helping you make better selections and also to eat better.
Eat slowly. Connect with your food. Your meal will be a more complete experience.
The sound of your food is another source of valuable information. A crunchy apple is fresh. The same goes for carrots, bell peppers, and even almonds.
The habit of dining with family and friends is diminishing in many modern societies. We’re always in a rush, swallowing food while driving, working at our desks, watching TV, or making phone calls. Too little attention is paid to the listening aspect of the eating experience. Many of us finish meals before realizing we’ve started. Then we experience bloating and discomfort while not absorbing enough nutrients because your body wastes energy performing those other activities instead of focusing on the digestive process.
Listen to the food you eat. Make sure you are hearing the right sounds.
THE SIXTH SENSE
Your sixth sense is the least concrete and the first to fail when you’re unwell. It helps you find proper food and to stop eating when you are full. But many people’s ability to intuit what is good and bad for the body comes under attack by exposure to “fake” flavors, food preservatives, modern odors—like car exhaust, factory smoke, asphalt, artificial perfumes, detergents—and bombardment from media that brainwashes consumers to view junk food as a treat or reward.
Cheesecake’s not a treat, nor is cake, a cookie, or candy. The fact that you feel satisfied when you feed your body harmful substances proves that you’re disconnected, and that your sixth sense is not functioning properly.
Children are often untainted by refined food and modern society’s culture of misinformation, so a kid’s sixth sense is naturally intact. What child would choose brown meat over a red strawberry?
How to revitalize your sixth sense? Cleanse toxins (physical and mental) from your life by eating only fresh, natural, organic food and eliminating sweeteners, dressings, soft drinks, sugar, and white flour from your diet. Hate your job? Find a better one! Trapped in a toxic relationship? Find a new friend!
Educate yourself to eat consciously while allowing your body to choose which foods to eat. Base your choices on what the food communicates to you. Use all six senses when you eat. When shopping for food and cooking and preparing each meal, take advantage of all the senses nature has provided you. You will look better, feel better, and be amazing.