If you’re like me, there was more good food this holiday season than you could eat. And even though I tried to balance my diet each day, sometimes my eyes were bigger than my stomach (especially when it came to my grandma’s pumpkin pie). For me, feeling full has always been a source of satisfaction—a feeling of completeness.
Though I don’t have any New Year resolutions to change my diet, I am always interested in ways to feel full without increasing calories. I recently came across a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry describing how certain aromas can give a feeling of satiation, or fullness.
The idea of this study was that certain aromas can trigger processes in the body that create the feeling of fullness. It surprised me that there was more to being “full” than just how much food you consume. The research said that the nasal process has much to do with the sensations experienced while chewing. The research also suggested that more complex aromas can add to feelings of fullness.
The research didn’t test essential oils specifically, but it got me thinking about certain oils in the Young Living collection that could add complex aromas before eating. Some suggestions may be to try a drop of peppermint or grapefruit in water during a meal. What about adding more complex aromas such as oregano or basil to a pasta dish? Here are some other Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil singles oils to try:
I would love to hear if you have had success balancing your diet with aromatic essential oils!
Product Manager, Essential Oils