Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend like I did! Saturday, Adam and I were able to get a TON of wedding planning done (can’t believe it’s only three weeks away) and then on Sunday, I had my bridal shower. My mom and sister were excellent and made sure that all the food served at the party was totally clean and healthy. They are the best!
Now onto today’s topic. Did you know that what you listen to when you eat can affect the way that you eat? There has been a lot of research lately into the ambience that goes along with eating, specifically in restaurants. Obviously, food places want to get you to spend lots of money on their food, so they want the environment that they provide to encourage just that. But its more than just a clever marketing technique, as researchers are finding that listening to certain music and at certain levels will actually influence what and how much you eat, as well as how enjoyable your food is. To a big music nerd like me, this is a really interesting discovery. We have all heard about the way music affects other parts of our bodies and lives, like how listening to Mozart or Beethoven can help your brain while studying. Why wouldn’t the music that we listen to while we eat effect us?
There is still a lot of research to be done on exactly what type of music effects eating, both positively or negatively. This research found that just the presence of music led to a higher intake of food, while this study looked at not just the music played while eating, but all the aspects of the environment. There is so much more that needs to be looked into to explain this relationship because it can be another way to help you eat better. How simple is it to turn on the radio and listen to a few tunes while you chow down? We actually have a radio in our kitchen and I always have some type of music on while I am cooking or eating. Even if you are not paying directly attention to the music, you can still reap the benefits of the sounds.
So next time you sit down to a meal, instead of eating in silence or sitting in front of the boob tube, plug in your iPod and play your favorite songs. Your ears, and stomach, will thank you for it!
What songs or genres do you like to listen to?