Blindfolds Become a Balancing Act Tool

Eating BlindfoldedHappy Super Saturday!

It is a glorious weekend here on the Gold Coast and most of South Eastern QLD - get out and enjoy!

Today's piece comes inspired by a few conversations I had with patients in clinic this week about using a blindfold to uncover the truth around their health.

It is a well known fact that when we lose a sense (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste) the other senses strengthen and enhance so that we can still navigate around our world safely and with success.  In the animal world the weak become the target so sharpening other senses is very much a survival tool.

I remember a social experiment that I watched on a documentary where a group of participants were separated into two groups - one who could see, and the other who were blindfolded.  The experiment was to determine which group would eat the most on the plate in front of them.

During the experiment the groups ate in a public area where there was a lot of noise and activity, and the amount of food portioned out was the same for both groups.  At the end of the allotted time, the blindfolded group finished eating earlier and ate less food, leaving an amount on the plate vs the non blindfolded group who kept eating till their plates were clear or the time was up.  The non blindfolded group may have finished first in most cases but they had finished because the  FELT as thought they had eaten enough.

The result was clear - the group who could see how much they were eating were eating too much for their appetite (and their body's needs) - which is a common health problem in today's society.  Here is a list of some side effects of eating too fast and too much:

  1. Indigestion leading to pain and poorly absorbed nutrients
  2. Lowered stomach hydrochloric acid out put leading to impaired breakdown of proteins, calcium and iron and enzyme production
  3. Ineffective release of the leptin hormone that signals your appetite centre to tell your body it can stop eating now
  4. Weight gain due to excessive intake of calories
  5. Metabolic syndrome development from poor calorie control and nutrient metabolism
  6. Bloating and digestive discomfort leading to irregular bowel habits which can lead to other more serious bowel problems later.

Essentially you want to eat until you are 80% full, not chock-a-block full.  By using a blind fold during your next main meal you may just surprise yourself as to how much you don't need to serve yourself.

Bon Appetit!