Calorie counting and food arithmetic has certainly played it’s part in disconnecting us from the real nature of food. Often, our decision of what to eat is based around carbohydrate content, whether it’s paleo friendly, vegan and/or on the latest diet plan we’ve decided to try and stick to this time!
The challenge is, we are sensual beings, and this is not how nature intended us to make choices about what to eat for dinner. It is highly likely that we don’t even properly taste the food we are eating. Whether that be through fear of food and just wanting to get away with eating as little as possible as fast as possible. Or through eating food regardless of whether we like it or not, just because it has the right numerical value and is on the plan.
But what if we engaged our sensual nature and used our sense of taste to understand the nutritional power of certain foods and actually used it to make food choices? And, what if the secret to creating a more balanced system that naturally encouraged a greater sensation of lightness was all in the taste of food?
Instead of counting our way into skinny jeans it makes far more sense for us to taste our way there, indeed, this may sound hairy fairy but there is a science to it and crucially it is addressing your whole body, not just from a nutrition view point,
but from an energetic and elemental basis that is in keeping with the laws of nature. Getting back to nature is the most sensible thing one can do, far from being pie in the sky, it is the only logical way to address your physical body if you are seeking transformation.
Ayurveda has outlined the Six Tastes that encompass all foods –
Each of these tastes affect the body, or the elements in the body, in a different way. For example, sour tastes generally create more water, imagine sucking on a slice of lemon, your mouth begins to water, this is one way sour increases water element.
All tastes have positive healing affects in moderation, however, depending on your particular constitution, or dosha, will determine which tastes you should have more and less of.
However, if we are concerned with feeling lighter there are three tastes that we just have to include in our diet otherwise our body will find it incredibly difficult to lose weight, they also happen to be the most under eaten of all the tastes – bitter, pungent and astringent.
Regardless of calories consumed, or even if the sweet foods we are eating are super healthy foods like sweet potatoes and berries, if we are eating too many sweet, salty and sour foods, relative to bitter, pungent and astringent then we are not able to find lightness in our body because there is too much earth and water element created from those foods.
Think about the taste of your food throughout the day, even if its not sugary, a lot of it is sweet. From cereals, to bread, rice, fruits, sweet tasting vegetables…these foods certainly make up a significant portion of our daily eating.
To lose weight we need to redistribute this and focus more on these other tastes, this is how you really can taste your way to lightness, it is on the tip of your tongue, literally.
Below is a list of the foods we need to be eating more of, they will help our body restore a balance of the elements which, in turn will do wonders for relieving heaviness and water retention, get eating those bitter greens and you will be slipping into your skinny jeans in no time!
Bitter – detoxifies and lightens tissues – bitter greens, dark leafy greens, spinach, turmeric & fenugreek
Pungent – stimulates digestion and metabolism – chilli peppers, cayenne, onion, ginger, garlic & spices
Astringent – absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats – legumes, pears, apples, broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower