Eating for Quality, Not Quantity: The Magic of Our Sense of Taste

July 23, 2014 - Jean Kristeller, PhD
Our taste buds provide us powerful feedback of how much we are enjoying our food. However, when we are eating mindlessly, often we engage the memory of these foods, rather than savoring our immediate experience. Mindfulness is powerful not only in helping individuals better discern their preferences for certain foods, but as a powerful component to decide when to stop eating. This program will review the basic physiological and psychological processes involved in taste awareness and satiety, and review ways to help individuals cultivate their “inner gourmet”.

Jean Kristeller, PhD, developed the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program which contains many elements focused on fully bringing mindful awareness into taste experience.

Listeners will:
• Be able to identify how the process of taste functions in regard to taste awareness and the time course of taste satiety.
• Be able to identify three ways in which mindfulness can help cultivate taste awareness.
• Understand three exercises that can be used in individual sessions to cultivate mindful taste experience.

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