Ayurvedic Tips and Reminders

Food For Focus

When we think of the “sweet” taste we often associate it with cookies, cake , candy and chocolate. We’ve grown to  correlate being comforted, grounded, and soothed with the sweet taste. This is actually a  truth.

Each of the six tastes ( sweet, sour, salty, bitter and astringent) affects the mind and body according to the attributes of the elements in it. Sweet being earth and water  has a heavy, dense and cold affect on the body.

The sweet taste in Ayurveda, also builds tissues, is rejuvenating, hydrating, healing and tones muscles.

But are we talking about cookies, candy, cake and ice cream?

Here are a few foods that have “sweet” taste: Would you have guessed?

Milk, cream, butter, beef, fish, lamb,pork, fats,oils, beets,cucumber, potato, apple, fresh figs,grapes, melons,peaches,pears, plums, ghee, nuts , complex carbohydrates( which is not paleo), wheat.

Fruits such as peaches, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, avocado, grapes, apples, raisins, dates,saffron, cardomom, cinnamon, sweet potatoes.

You might find as you begin to create a meal including this taste that your craving for sweet dimishes after you eat.

And there is nothing wrong with a piece of chocolate or cookie either.

*Sweet taste balances Vata and Pitta but can imbalance kaphas who already have enough density.

Balance is key.

warm regards,

Gedalia Genin

Ayurvedic Health Specialist

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