[KwartzLab] Interesting Food Article (Warning: Not Safe For Foodies)
punkin at mag3.14159.ca
Fri Mar 15 13:58:16 EDT 2013
On 2013-03-15, at 12:30 PM, Christopher Vollick <psycotica0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I liked this line:
>> Eating to me is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I
>> don't want to go to the movies three times a day.
I'm having a very hard time wrapping my head around that analogy. A movie is a particularly immersive experience; most meals are not. I have likened a multi-course tasting menu to an evening of theatre. And I enjoy both at about the same frequency. But my chicken salad today was tasty & brief in a way that was more like listening to a piece of music. I listen to music more than three times a day. I've been known to listen to the same album more than once in the same day, although I understand not everybody enjoys that.
Sensual enjoyment aside, meals are also about nurturing community for me -- reconnecting with the other members of my household. The daily face time when sitting down to dinner is at least as important to me as the nutritional sustenance. Obviously, I am biased towards living with others. If I lived alone, attitude toward meals would be very different. As it is, a week of eating alone leaves me discombobulated.
From a strictly nutritional perspective, I find the project fascinating. He describes an incredibly short feedback loop, in terms of how his body responds to intake. That's really cool. Understanding, and being able to predictably control, a complex system is satisfying. I couldn't do it, but I'm really glad somebody is, and is sharing his results.
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