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Going back to our early days, our survival as a species relied on a healthy source of carbohydrates. Our evolution resulted in an entire reward system, which uses the neurotransmitter dopamine to signal whether something was good, by making us feel good.
Our hunter gatherer ancestors knew sweet berries were ripe, for example while bitter could mean poison. However, the prevalence of these sweet rewards has, over time, become one of today’s biggest healthcare burdens and contributing factor to chronic diseases.
Added sugars are sneaky and especially abundant in processed and prepared foods. That’s why in line with our Eat With Six Senses philosophy, our chefs indulge their love for hearty and health menus while avoiding the bad stuff, including sugar.
Start the day off on the right foot with an age-defying yogurt pot from Chef Walter at Six Senses Yao Noi. The yogurt is great for your gut buddies and the raw honey is a much healthier alternative to refined sugar. Watch the video and method here!
And, according to Director of Eat With Six Senses Celia Lam, you can even have your (really decadent chocolate) cake and eat it. This Indulgent Chocolate Cake also comes with a kick of immunity from heart healthy olive oil and cacao.
It’s not just what you eat but how you eat that can impact your health. Eating more mindfully brings your attention to your food and physical cues when eating. It will help you plan what you eat, eat without distraction, distinguish between true hunger and non-hunger triggers (such as emotions) and appreciate your food too.
1. Plan ahead and make a quick food plan at the start of each week. Keep it in mind when shopping for your food.
2. Pause and reflect halfway through your meal and check in with your body. From one to 10, how full do you feel?
3. Sit down when eating your food, even if it’s just a snack.
4. Consider using a handy reminder, whether it is a bracelet or ring, as a gentle nudge to eat mindfully.
5. Engage your senses when eating. Start with your eyes closed and notice the texture, the sound of the crunch, and every smell and flavor.
6. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t have the time or energy to approach your meal mindfully.
7. Keep up the practice as mindful eating is a skill that takes consistent practice.
How do you cheer yourself up in times of distress or reward yourself in times of joy? Do your emotions rule your route to the fridge? Nutrition and TCM Expert Cátia Ferreira at Six Senses Spa Douro Valley can arm you with strategies to help.