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125. Mindful Eating & the Cephalic Phase of Digestion (really, it's a thing!)

In this episode of the Joy Lab Podcast, hosts Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek talk about the cephalic phase of digestion and how mindful eating can promote better digestion. What's the cephalic phase of digestion? Glad you asked! The cephalic (head) phase of digestion is triggered by the sight and smell of food, continues on as you taste and savor your food, and here's the kicker: it can influence about 30 to 40% of the total digestive response. Mindful eating practices are perfect to support this phase of digestion. Tune in for some strategies to help you eat more mindfully and support this important aspect of digestion.


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Key moments:

00:00 Introduction to Joy Lab Podcast
00:39 The Impact of Food on Mood
01:31 The Cephalic Phase of Digestion
03:02 The Importance of Mindful Eating
03:19 The Evolutionary Perspective on Savoring Food and Mindful Eating
06:56 The Role of Stress in Digestion
08:29 The Practice of Mindful Eating
12:01 The Benefits of Family Meals
14:36 Closing Thoughts and Tips for Mindful Eating
15:40 Outro and Medical Disclaimer


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