Dining in the Dark Paper

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Max Famigliettti 6925-9648 EEX3312 Dining in the Dark Paper Last week my roommate, Alan, and I ate a meal in complete darkness. It was quite the experience. Because we both live on campus, we decided to eat our meal in Broward Dining, a cafeteria on campus. We both wore blindfolds, while a third friend ate with us without a blindfold in order to observe us better. Broward Dining is a buffet style eatery, and due to this, Alan and I collected our food and drinks before putting the blindfolds on. Once seated with our food, we immersed ourselves in darkness. At first our eating was very slow. We were very careful what to pick up and how to pick it up. Being careful with our drinks was of utmost importance because we did not want to spill them. After about 5 minutes of eating without sight, we became more confident in our eating abilities and started to eat faster and more normally. One of the hardest parts about this experience was distinguishing which foods were which on my plate, however we realized that
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Unformatted text preview: distinguishing the food did not matter as much. Surprisingly, the taste of the food seemed different. I have heard people say to just clothes your eyes and eat something and you will not taste it as much. This statement is entirely true. Sight allows you to expect what you are about to eat and your mouth gets ready to taste it, however when blinded, you no longer expect what is coming. This was beneficial because I was no longer picky about what I ate, and it made our usually mid-grade Broward Dining meal quite enjoyable. Our third, non-blindfolded friend, noted that, in general, we ate much slower and even chewed each bite longer. He also observed that we ate considerably less food than we usually consume. It is a fact that eating slower and less volume of food is a healthy habit. I enjoyed our blind meal, however it was not easy. The experience of eating while blinded increased my appreciation of the lives of the blind....
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course EEX 3312 taught by Professor Nelson during the Spring '09 term at University of Florida.

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