For many Americans,
food is the
root of illness, such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and heart
disease. “But we maintain that food is a source of healing,” says
Daniel Chong-Jiminez, chef at The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich,
That’s why the property recently launched Healthy Pleasures, an
intensive four-day wellness program.
To help foster positive perspectives on food, chef
Chong-Jiminez leads one “silent meal” per program, where
participants taste, smell and reflect on the dishes in complete
silence. “The concept of silent dining has been around for
centuries; it stems from the Buddhist practice of mindfulness,”
says Chong-Jiminez. He adds the process helps guests focus on
nourishment and avoid overeating.
In addition to silent meals, meditation and spa treatments,
Healthy Pleasures includes a consultation with Chong-Jiminez on
therapeutic foods and lifestyle-improving diets.