Did you know that the environment you eat in literally influences your ability to metabolize a meal.

The power of our surroundings to catalyze nutrient assimilation, digestion, and calorie-burning ability is best exemplified in something scientists call the cephalic phase digestive response – CPDR. Cephalic means “of the head.” CPDR is simply a fancy term for the pleasure, taste, aroma, satisfaction, and the visual stimulation of a meal. In other words, it’s the “head phase” of digestion. What’s amazing is that researchers have estimated that as much as 30 to 40 % of the total digestive response to any meal is due to CPDR – our full experience of what we’re eating.

So the ambience, the music, you dinner companions, the conversation, and the visuals of your surroundings and of the food itself can literally impact your nutritional status at any given meal. It does so directly via the central nervous system, via the neural pathways of how we register taste and smell, and via the enteric nervous system – the brain in the belly. So if you want to digest, assimilate and calorie burn to the best of your ability, then do your best to create an eating environment that truly nourishes and relaxes you, and allows you to enjoy food, and celebrate your life.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.