Immersing into the indulgences of eating

pleasures of eating

A great pleasure for all and for some in fact the ultimate of all that one can ever derive from any of life’s variegated indulgences, food is a delight of universal leanings. Eating counts among one of the pleasurable activities of life and despite such notions that we might harbour of cravings leading to more sumptuous digs into palates of deliciousness, hunger is also as credible a determiner of the taste experience that we avail out of eating. In all our rendezvous with food therefore and for all our seeking of it, it is only but certain that food encompasses within itself an emotion markedly distinct from any other feeling that we harbour in altogether distinct an essence of that particular realisation. In its immense trail of flavour and taste, texture and appearance, food delivers a sensation unique in it being at once an arouser and an agent of comfort across such lip smacking servings of the delectable that make it truly singular a course in charting out what is one of the most heady pleasures of life.

For something capable of lending such an amalgamated volley of feels in different measures of it, food indeed has to be more nuanced an aspect of life and living than what we partake of in so many distinctions catering to its essence of being the fuel of life. And complex it is for sure, across its many an intricate detail that explores different facets catering still to the singular assertion of life food encompasses in every morsel and every bite not just doses of deliciousness and tidbits of a taste titillating enough of the senses but yields also such power penetrating even the psychological folds of living. In its very pleasurable fore of working for instance the mode of functioning is one both physical and mental, making food the true driver of life even beyond its exalted distinction in equipping bodies with nutrition and endowing them with health.

Behind the very universally indulged idea of food which leads us to derive a certain definite pleasure from eating, either in adhering to its exquisite indeed experience as no less than any art or in pledging more ordinary an allegiance to its being as one irresistibly spiced up by the sprinklings of taste. Triggering the release of one of the brain’s happy chemicals of the dopamine in not singular but dual doses of it every time we begin eating something we have been craving all along explains why giving in to the continuing, immense almost- sometime even irrational- desire for a certain food is so gratifying that it imbues every sense of our being with a fulfilment so rarely encountered across even the numerous desires furthered through life. While the big first bite of that meal hankered after for quite long leads to dopamine being released in the brain, that alone is not the premise summing up this experience of the inexplicable pleasure. A second dose of the delight follows as another surge of dopamine takes over the moment that heavenly gulp reaches the stomach. Induced therefore in really significant amounts across a dual trail of its release is the heavenly high of the dopamine that explains why the pursuit of eating counts among one of the most pleasurable of life’s experiences. And while the validation of that pleasure might be one seemingly simple even in all profoundness of it, the science guiding this particular pursuit in gutsy glory tends to be not so unidimensional after all.

The exploration of the gastronomic trait in wholehearted notions of indulgence might be most conforming with the largely accurate world view of food and eating being an entity and an activity respectively in all delectation of what we necessarily seek out across so much of life’s appeasements. But even in its most basic nature of satiating hunger and quelling ravenous almost appetites, food treads still this purview of pleasure presented on a plate. While many of us picky eaters would not happily gobble up every thing edible served to us in instances when we are eating not even remotely out of hunger, the experience changes course when we are really famished or it has been more than some few tolerable hours after our last substantial meal. As human beings possessing of taste buds naturally not very inclined to bitter experiences- whether in the mouth or across the more difficult alleys of life- it tends to be an underestimation of sorts of what we hold the sensation of hunger to be capable of. But grant yourself access to an empty stomach for once and one would be surprised at the dramatic turn of the tables following that opening up of a ravenous mouth. At work once again is the most important organ of the body, as the nerve changes occurring in the brain when the stomach is hungry makes fussy eating a matter of not so much concern. With even tastes otherwise revolting enough in their bitterness finding acceptance from across the edges of the plate and already sweet morsels of deliciousness coming to find even more coveted a status of appeal, hunger has a way of eliciting such experiences of food not alluding to preferences in situations when we eat not out of so much a residing as a starving soul. In fact hunger has a way of making food taste sweeter than what it usually is, even as salty foods too tend to rank a notch higher on their perceived saltiness when munched upon out of sheer hunger over anything else. Not just in such direct manifestations though, hunger also leads to a heightened perception of tastes by increasing smell perception, making therefore the taste buds more sensitive as well as more receptive to the tastes they encounter, triggered already by the aromatic waftings entailing from them. And it is in such power of hunger to influence the eating experience so substantially that often leads one to eat more than even their ‘real’ extent of hunger! Speak about being straightforward for once in food terms and the rumble jumble of an insanely hungry stomach can more than spoil- or even better it up for you!

Hunger might be very well a factor considerably influencing the pleasures of eating but there sure are other reasons as well as to why food tastes infinite times more delicious in some cases than others. And one of these elements that lend itself to making food more of the indulgent experience than it already is is more rooted in the physical nature of food rather than in the emotional state of the body. This exactly is the science that explains why leftover foods- perhaps pizza, most prominently- encompasses an altogether different assertion of deliciousness when it hits the tongue in even more enhanced a profusion of its flavours. As certain food items more harbouring of such chemicals that continue to react long after they have been taken off from the flame exhibit in their properties, they tend to take upon themselves an altogether different profile itself producing as they do more of the flavor molecules, drowning themselves in a world of overnight goodness and amassing therefore a reputation wholly diversive from the usually frowned upon mention of leftovers.

In all its prominent prospect of pleasure, food though tends to tap deeper into our psychological senses to make eating feel like one of the most ultimate of the indulgences that life grants us access to. Influencing the experience of food as pleasure are also such musings of the mind that essentially relate certain awarenesses to specific experience of food. Food indeed is only and as much enjoyable as one perceives it to be, and whether that be having an uncontrollable craving for something you don’t quite fancy as such but have come to do so on account of it being made out of bounds for you or otherwise falling for the ploy played out by associating the most sublime standard of a certain food with a specific name- the elaborate considerations of it all boils down to magnificent indeed measures of diversifying the entire food experience, more so when you take to this pursuit of eating as absolute a means to derive the heady highs of pleasure out of it. No less potent are the more physical attributes across which food tends to make its impression in all irresistibility of its essence such as the yet again artistic exploration of plating to cater to the appeasement of sight or the infusion of it in such ingredients that endow upon it an aroma immediately captivating of the senses, as well as the optimal maintenance of a temperature exalting indeed its experience of taste to the utmost levels possible or ensuring that it reaches your plate in as desirable a texture of what it needs to be and such myriad musings along which you march forward on this immensely gratifying holy grail of the food world. In such enormous amassments of it, whether it be across its defining attributes of taste and texture and aroma and flavour or in equally massive a summation of the many strands of thought and perception making it emerge as a divine medley indeed of such entitlement that accords it therefore a place of presiding over the pleasure in more than assertive prominence, the fervor commanded by food across the art of its eating is an indulgence satiating only of appetites but never of spirits.