You know that scrunched-up, wincing face you make when you're about to eat something you know you don't like very much? Well, if you want to make the whole process easier on yourself, try your hardest to keep your face relaxed. Photo by Jason Eppink.
Sometimes you have to eat things that aren't your favourite. Maybe you're at someone's house for dinner and you want to be polite, or maybe you have to start eating more fruits and vegetables and you don't care for them. Turns out, that wince you make when you go to take a bite is setting you up for failure. That's why Hana Zickgraf, a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests you keep your face relaxed. Zickgraf explains to Katherine Hobson at Science of Us that that face actually prepares your body to avoid swallowing and to gag. Lose the "this is icky" face, get relaxed and, when you're ready, take a bite. Zickgraf also recommends you don't hold the food in your mouth and explore the texture for too long. Imagine it's just a normal food you like to eat every day and you'll be much better off.
I Tried to Teach Myself to Eat Vegetables Like a Grown-Up [Science of Us]