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Food and Idol non-entry

Missed my LJ Idol deadline. It was on Food Memories. I had so many ideas on this and three different drafts, but I didn't get it done. 

Did you know that you are born with 10,000 tastebuds (or so) and you lose half of them by around the age of 50? It is the salty and the sweet tastebuds that go, the bitter and sour that stay. So, as you age you want more sweets and more salt. NOT exactly a healthy scenario, but as some of you know, I'm a gerontologist and work with the elderly when I'm not making herbal tinctures and selling Scentsy -- and I really do believe in moderation, ice cream raises endorphins and helps the elderly on multiple levels.

As administrator of an assisted living center, I worked with many families who felt "helpless" with regard to their parent's care. They would respond in various ways: withdrawing, controlling, blaming, shaming and the list goes on. It is not unusual for a family member to come up with a diet that they think is going to cure their loved ones dementia. Hey! I even think there is something to that. Honestly. But, an occasional spoonful or five of ice cream isn't going to cause the parent harm. I went as far as finding a study that backed up the theory. The joy of tasting the ice cream boosts the immune system. 

It isn't that I didn't have anything to write about food. 

The unexpected knock on the door rarely is good news. When I was 5, it was someone saying that they ran over our dog Tigi. I was seated with my family for dinner at the time. It was over 20 years until I ate spaghetti since that dinner. I didn't even realize I avoided eating spaghetti, I just thought I didn't like it. It was, of course, what we were eating when the knock on the door came. Taste buds have memory. 

So......if taste buds de-sensitize and if they have memory, it wouldn't be too far of a leap to say that each type of taste connects to types of memories. . . but I digress. 

And, of course, I managed the kitchen at the ashram. 

Who of us doesn't have food memories?  

There is a biological and emotional connection between taste and smell, also. And this is one of the things that I love about Scentsy. (No, I'm not trying to sell it to you right now, just sharing part of why I do it.) No two people respond to the scents the same way. The scents have memories. There are over 80 scents available right now. Sitting in a room smelling these scents, people begin to talk about their memories -- and they get to choose which ones they want to bring home and which ones they want to leave behind. 

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bodhifox
Dec. 2nd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Artificial scents don't awaken memories for me. Just make me feel ill.
isis_lives
Dec. 2nd, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
It can happen. Not every scent is for every person. For instance, someone allergic to figs shouldn't get the fig scents because they'll have an allergic reaction. There are both natural and synthetic ingredients used in the scents.

But I wrote about a lot more things than that in this post, you're just being a bah-humbug! Love ya anyway. :)
jem0000000
Dec. 2nd, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
My food memories are often vague -- the memory of the food itself is stronger than anything that was happening at the time.

Sitting in a room smelling these scents, people begin to talk about their memories -- and they get to choose which ones they want to bring home and which ones they want to leave behind.

This is a beautiful line. It's always nice to be able to take the good memories and leave the bad. :)
isis_lives
Dec. 2nd, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading. Not quite in the form of an entry, tho.

For me, the memory almost always includes what was happening at the time!
jem0000000
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
That's okay -- I tend to try to read both the Home Gamers and the Oops I Meant to Post posts. It's nice to see what people do with the topic even when it's not a formal entry.

It is for a lot of people! I think I'm just easily distracted by foods. ;)
xjenavivex
Dec. 4th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
certain foods bring back memories of my gram
hindustar
Dec. 4th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
My Family and my husband's family communicate love with food, so it is hard not to have positive food memories. =] Certain food scented candles are a favorite with us.
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