Monday, March 12, 2012

Topically Applied Calories

I have been away for four days and really have a great deal of work (sleep) to catch up on so I need to keep today's post short and sweet, but a natural, low glycemic kind of sweet . . . . 

For the past four days I stayed in an Embassy Suites, which offers lovely (free) in-room cosmetic products: shampoo, conditioner, bar soap and body lotions all-made from avocado, basil and olives. I tried the bar soap on Thursday, the shampoo and conditioner on Friday and the body lotion on Saturday. By coincidence, I had avocado olives in a salad lunch on Friday, basil in a quinoa and lentil stuffed pepper on Saturday and avocado with an omelet on Sunday. 

Here is a thought: Do 'foods' absorbed through the scalp and skin make us want these same items? I already know about aroma and desire. We smell something, we want it. For me, that includes chocolate scents, coffee scents, barbecue and  ketchup. If I smell ketchup I immediately desire french fries and cheeseburgers. Note the plural of cheeseburgers. Yeah, that is why I do not eat cheese - I do not ever think about it in the singular). I am very careful of scented candles and lip balms and I try not to go to barbecue hot spots in starvation mode. But now I want to ask about products meant to be applied to the skin - that just happen to me made with food. Do they still have a food response effect on us? 

Is it just me or does she
look ready to bite into
her own wrist? 
If the product does trigger a salivary response, even when you are not hungry or close to the actual food, do you avoid the product? 

Wouldn't it be a freaking thrill to find out that it is not the pint of ice cream that is making us fat, but the hitherto undisclosed calories 'in the air', in our lotions and shampoos. I know this is fantasy. I have been to Hershey, PA: if calories were inhaled, every person who lives there would weigh 1,000 pounds. But here is a crazy thought: If it were possible, how would we account for calories in products that are inhaled in the air or absorbed through our skin? 

Ponder, ponder. 



Vickie said...

middle went to a birthday party at a local restaurant yesterday. I ran errands and then went back to wait for her (and listen to my book on cd in the car).

The parking lot was permeated with the smell of deep fat (as in fryer).

It wasn't any one particular "food" it was purely the smell of the fryer.

Didn't matter what end of the parking lot I used, didn't matter if the windows were up or down, it permeated.

I thought - if I am craving something later, I will definitely know why.

I can't use flavored lip products either. I can't use anything that has a scent (half of that is asthma and the other half of that is putting 'food' thoughts in my brain).

It would be interesting to know if the rubbed in kind of food has any impact on our awareness.

My guess would be it is only from residual scent, but who knows. The body is a great receptor on so many levels.

E. Jane said...

Food smells definitely do affect me, but only if I am truly hungry. I think that people love to smell chocolate, cinnamon rolls, etc. and I have seen candles that have those scents. However, for me, I need to stay away from them. I don't need any more food ideas coming my way.

Anonymous said...

I cannot have apple pie or cinnamon scented candles in the house. Pear seems ok though.

If you work in a restaurant you do not come home smelling like yummy fried onions or cake. There is this weird smell. It stinks. Not sure even how to describe it. I never smelled the food smell in our resto unless it was fajitas. At least I don't remember smelling it. My husband - when he cut lots of fish or meat - YUCK. I made him disrobe outside and put his clothes into a bucket filled with soap and bleach. I have a weirdly sensitive nose.

Smells, obv. effect me.

I am with Vickie on the lipgloss.

Vickie said...

I worked in a donut shop for one summer while in high school. smell was nauseating by the second day. I didn't eat donuts for YEARS after that. Couldn't even stand the sight of them as that triggered the smell. Maybe we could desensitize ourselves to WANTS by permeating smell for days on end.

Jane Cartelli said...

Maybe that could happen. I wonder if there is a study about how much chocolate residents of Hershey eat?

I worked in Burger King when I was 16 (for three horrible months). I lost my taste for their rolls, and fries but not for anything else.

Jane Cartelli said...

E, Jane - That is true about hunger and the candle smells. They do not bother me if I am full. Vickie also has a good point about length of exposure. I can have hazelnut scent or cinnamon - burning all day without any adverse effects but not the butter cookie scent.

Vickie - I can use Dr Pepper flavored lip balm w/o problems - but not orange or chocolate flavors.

Munchie - Pear is a good one for me. Pear and Cucumber and melon. I hate eating melon but I love the scent.

Norma said...

I worked at Fanny Farmer one summer during college and gorged on so much chocolate during the first two weeks that I was often nauseated. I didn't eat chocolate for a solid year after I left that job!