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Smart Talk: Eating what you like, taste, and getting full

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 14, 2015 9:00 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, October 14, 2015:

Chef Donna Marie Desfor -- host of the WITF Cooks TV programs and owner of There's a Chef in my Kitchen, appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk.

Chef Desfor normally is a guest on Smart Talk to discuss Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or summer grilling ideas and recipes.

Wednesday will be a little different.  Obviously, food will be the main topic of conversation, but the program will be about our individual tastes, deciding what to eat and when to eat it without guilt or worry, and knowing when we've had enough to eat.

She'll talk about "Three Bites to Being Full and Satisfied."  That almost sounds like some type of diet, but it's not.  It will involve savoring the food you like and find most satisfying and then deciding when you've had enough before getting to that point when you're uncomfortably stuffed and need a nap.

We'll hear why the sense of smell is so important and why the aroma of the food you eat goes a long way toward measuring how much you'll enjoy it.

Tune in and it could change how you eat and enjoy your meals.

Chef Donna presents on this topic as part of WITF's Mind Matters project. It's a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. It delivers monthly on-line lectures by expert  presenters on topics of interest to older adults. The lectures can be seen at Senior Centers and Retirement Communities throughout the state. 

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-14 09:55

    Hunter from Carlisle emails--

    What is Chef Donna's take in eating more in the morning. My own preference is to have more in the morning after sleeping. I am unsatisfied when I eat low calorie small breakfasts. I've been listening to my body to tell me when I'm full and I can't imagine only eating three bites in the morning and feeling satisfied.

    • Chef Donna img 2015-10-14 12:19

      Hunter, listening to your body is a great way to discover what you need and when you need it. The "three bites" is more of a guidepost that says after three bites of any one thing maybe its time to move on, taste something else so you can reach the state of being comfortably full having had a pleasurable tasting and eating experience. Think of those three bites for what they are: 1 - to wake up your palate; 2 - to experience the taste of the food, including all the aromatics, and then 3 - for pure pleasure. Over the course of any one meal you naturally will take several "3-Bites", though when you taste something that isn't pleasurable, or not what you are hungry for you'll find it easier to move on from that!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-14 09:55

    Manuel in Carlisle:

    As a celiac saying “Anyone can eat whatever they want, if they eat three bites” is exceptionally dangerous. If I eat 1 bite of whole wheat bread, I will be in the hospital. You MUST qualify as there are many people who are genuinely celiac who must be VERY careful of what goes into their systems and cannot eat “anything” in moderation. Enjoying what you put in your mouth, can end up causing great harm. Instead, advocate for enjoying what fuels your individual body.

    • Chef Donna img 2015-10-14 12:26

      Manuel, naturally if you have Celiac Disease, or food allergies, etc., I'm NOT suggesting you eat what you're not supposed to. What I am suggesting is that within the parameters of food that is available to you as someone with Celiac disease, you can find (or return to the) pleasure in your food! We presume everyone will graft a sense of practicality onto this program and apply these ideas to the foods they can eat. The beautiful thing about Three Bites to Being Full and Satisfied is that people who are dieting or feel that their dietary choices are limited because of things like Celiac, or food allergies, or even health concerns, rediscover that within the world of food they can eat, there's a lot of pleasure to be had. Thanks for helping me clarify this important point.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-14 09:56

    Kevin emails:

    Do you know of a tasting training/awareness class in the area or a website that describes the techniques you have described?

    • Chef Donna img 2015-10-14 12:31

      Thanks for the question Kevin. As far as I know I am the only one that teaches taste, and how we experience taste -- a program that has evolved from my research and study on the body, how we eat, how we taste, and how our body uses the concept of satiety. Even culinary schools don't get this detailed into taste and the experience of taste in our mouths!

      I understand my website is currently down as it is undergoing a massive update. I am happy to chat with you about setting up tastings, or seminars or presenting the fuller program (where audience members actually taste and experience the tastes we talk about). Please reach out to me at: