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Training your senses as early as possible
When a piece of chocolate melts in your mouth, it triggers a physico-chemical reaction. A large number of stimulants are released and made accessible to the taste buds and the olfactory cells. The gourmet has to adjust to these sensory perceptions, concentrate and hide disturbing influences. The consumption of chocolate, but also of all other foods or beverages, takes time. This is one of seven central rules of enjoyment that Dr. Rainer Lutz, clinical psychologist and therapist, presents in his contribution “Enjoyment and Enjoyment” in the new issue of the aid trade journal Nutrition in Focus.
The properties of a food are not necessarily a prerequisite for enjoyment. The behavior of the connoisseur is decisive. And that can be steered in the right direction with sensory exercises, alone or in a group. Indulgence training, in which all senses are gradually explored based on smell, is used, for example, in the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, addiction disorders and eating disorders. Ultimately, their goal is self-care, Lutz explains: "The person sees themselves as responsible for themselves and their well-being."
Healthy people can also benefit from it and enjoy their lives more. The expert refers to studies showing that a relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle promotes learning processes, releases energy and strengthens the immune system.
Sensory training in childhood is particularly important. “All sensory organs are functional from birth, but you cannot distinguish fine taste nuances from the start. You have to practice that, ”explains Angela Dietz, oecotrophologist at the Competence Center for Nutrition (KErn) in Freising. In her magazine article she presents a taste course developed by KErn, which is used in nutrition education measures in Bavaria. From June 2016, kindergartens and primary schools in Bavaria can borrow the course. (Eva Neumann, aid)