Senses Series: What We Feel When We Touch Food

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Our sense of touch gives us a lot of information that informs how we act and eat. We ‘get a feel’ for something. We ‘feel things out,’ then decide how to proceed.  Continue reading

Senses Series: How Smell Makes Us Love Or Hate Foods

Wake up and smell the chocolate food art food faceOur sense of smell triggers visceral, gut reactions. On a basic, sensory level we experience smells as good or bad. We want to move towards smells or away from them.  Even our English words for smells evoke this dichotomy. They can be pleasant aromas or noxious odors. Continue reading

Senses Series: Hearing–The Sounds Of Mealtimes

oatmeal cookie earAs human beings we’re extremely sensitive to the vibrations of sound. We absorb sound through our whole bodies and register those vibrations through bone conduction, which means that sound vibrations make our bones vibrate and those vibrations are then picked up by our ears and brains.

A teacher of mine once casually mentioned this profound insight about our sense of hearing: We can’t block out sound. We don’t have earlids. Wow. So true. So how does our sense of hearing affect mealtimes?   Continue reading

Senses Series: Sight–What We See On Our Plate

kiwi eyesThe way food looks gives us a lot of information about whether we want to smell it, touch it or eat it. Sight is often our first line of defense to find out if a food is safe. If we see mold on something, we know to throw it away; if we see a speck that looks like a bug, we’re going to look closer, maybe poke at it with a fork, get some more information before deciding to put a bite into our body. Continue reading

Senses Series: Proprioception And Kinesthesia–How We Do What We Want!

yoga food artProprioception tells us where our body is in space through sensory receptors in our joints which signal the position of our body parts with respect to gravity. Kinesthesia is our sense of how tense our muscles are as sensed by special receptors in our muscles. Together these two senses give us intimate knowledge about our bodies and our state: where we are and how we feel.   Continue reading

Happy New Year Full Of Peace, Love, Joy And Adventure!

peace love joy and adventure food artThank you all for being part of such a great year! 2015, for me, has been a year of deep listening and learning. Last January I had just started Learn To Love Food and had no idea what it would become. I just knew I was excited to create and share the ideas in my head with families I’ve worked with as well as a larger community. I felt a deep sense of purpose creating each post and, tentatively at first, followed that joy.

A year later, I marvel at the community that has gathered around this blog and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you who reads my posts, likes my pictures and shares your family’s struggles and triumphs. It’s because of you I’m so excited to create fun, new activities and share feeding tips each week. Thank you for your engagement, your encouragement, your questions and suggestions!  Continue reading

Thursday Tips: Ginger Tea To Stay Warm And Healthy!

Rudolph with Ginger Antlers Ginger is good for our bodies in so many ways and because of its immune-boosting properties, its perfect to help give our bodies the support they need to stay healthy through the rest of this holiday season and into the new year! Ginger and lemon also have very strong, distinct aromas and are great foods to explore to stimulate our sense of smell. So, for our Thursday Tip on this Christmas Eve I want to share with you a ginger tea recipe adapted from an ayurvedic tea served at Miraval Resort and Spa that my family loves and helps keep them healthy all winter long!  Continue reading

Senses Series: Our Vestibular Sense And The Balance Of Eating

chocolate girl on a swingFeeling balanced at the table is the first step to being able to focus on, learn about and try new foods and our sense of balance is provided by our vestibular system. This system, connected to our inner ear, tells us whether we’re sitting upright, hanging upside down on the monkey bars, going up in an elevator, moving forward in a car or swinging on a swing. Continue reading

Thursday Tips: Focus On The Senses Series

food art wildflowersFor the next series of Thursday Tips posts here at Learn To Love Food, we’re going to focus on the senses. Our senses are how we experience everything, including food. They process all of the information that help kids learn about, become comfortable with, and expand their diets to new foods.   Continue reading