By Serge Kreutz
If you are new to the idea of kreutzing food, and not yet convinced, you will probably come up with the following objection:
“Well, if I don’t swallow my food, I won’t be satiated. I will be hungry all day!”
The trick is that you should drink plenty of water with the meals that you do not swallow.
If you do this, your mouth will have all the taste sensations you love, and your stomach will be full, but you do not burden your body with an oversupply of nutrients.
It is easy to be satiated from the taste sensations of food and a stomach full of water. This combination feels the same as having swallowed a meal. You could label such a meal phantom food.
Of course, the water will not stay in your stomach as long as a fatty pork chop or a chili con carne. And after an hour or so, you will feel hungry again.
Feeling hungry more often during the day is a positive effect of kreutzing food, not a negative one.
Hunger, the urge to eat, has about the same quality as libido, the urge to have sex.
Our urge for sex is not a disturbance of a happy life. It is an essential component. A good number of today’s humans know this. Former generations mostly lacked the appropriate understanding and took efforts to kill their sex drive. How stupid!
If you do not have sexual appetite first, you cannot experience the utmost satisfaction from orgasms. And then your life is devoid of sense.
It is a similar story with hunger, so not quite as extreme. But certainly, all food tastes better if you feel hungry, just as all sex feels better when you have strong desires.
Don’t prematurely kill your hunger!
If you eat for the pleasure of food, then stuffing your stomach with solids is as stupid as premature ejaculation.
The wise man who can derive optimal pleasure from engaging in sexual intercourse will postpone ejaculation. Because once he has ejaculated, the pleasure potential is no longer there.
And once your stomach is full, food in your mouth does not taste as great as it does before you filled it.
If I do not swallow food beyond what all by itself passes through my throat, I can eat for two hours.
Actually, I play with tastes just as I play with my sexual fantasies during intercourse.
To play with food, I may fill 5 to 10 small bowels with about 50 ml of coconut milk, one of the best neutral carriers of taste, and an ideal ingredient for kreutzing. Coconut milk, of course, is the carrier of taste for curries.
But to play with tastes, I don’t just cook curries, and I never use other peoples recipes.
I heat the coconut milk in the bowls, and put fresh milled coriander seeds in one, fresh sliced ginger in the next, wasabe powder in yet another, cardamom in the next, and so on.
Be aware that with some of these taste carriers you have to add sweetness to get the full body of flavor. This sweetness can either com from plain sugar, or palm sugar, or even sauted onions. Without the sweet ingredient, tastes from roots and seeds may have some hallow bitterness, even in coconut milk.
I then play with tastes. I roll a teaspoon of wasabe coconut milk, spit it out, drink some water, take a teaspoon of a coriander / cardamom mixture in coconut milk, spit it out, drink some water, and then try a teaspoon of fennel coconut milk.
I may then mix some ginger coconut milk with some wasabe coconut milk (you don’t even need sweetness with that), or any other two. And after mixing several such bowls, I have a curry… a different one every day.
On other days, I do the same with cheeses and red wines. All without swallowing either. My stomach only gets water in between the tastes.
But even if I do not fill my stomach with noticeable quantities of nutrient-containing food, I will get bored after some time, or become interested in other activities.
Be assured that I feel satiated, even so I have consumed almost no calories.
You may call it a phantom meal, but the psychological effect is the same as that of a traditional meal, minus the burden, heartburn, headache triggers, and intestinal irritants. And minus any gourmet obesity.