One of the reasons we crave” sweets” is because according to Ayurveda it calms the nerves, nourishes the tissues and it is both grounding and nourishing. With that said, on an emotional level isn’t it true that we go to the “sweet” taste for comfort? (And by the way dark chocolate is considered “bitter” and that’s a whole other category of foods.
I see more than ever women are craving this taste with the withdrawal from dairy , grains and meat, which are considered sweet in Ayurveda, and they are not allowing themselves the nurturing and GROUNDING quality of this important taste .
Ladies, you won’t gain weight unless you do not utilize the other five tastes to balance and are engaged in a sound exercise ritual.
“So, while sweet tasting foods are stabilizing, tonifying, and calming—and absolutely necessary—they are contraindicated once the optimum level of consumption is reached. Of course, this is true for all foods and herbs, but excess consumption of sweet foods contributes to lethargy and drowsiness and other symptoms of water and earth excesses, including poor digestion, sweetness of breath, intestinal worms, vomiting, difficulty breathing, eye diseases, urinary disorders, and in extreme cases headaches, diabetes, elephantiasis, and tumors. ” http://www.doshabalance.com/articles/taste/sweet_taste.html“
So what’s the answer? Balance and moderation.
In my New Patient Consult and in my Nutrition/Herbal consult you can learn how to eat for optimal balance and weight control.
I always promote the pleasure of eating well!!!
Cheers to a “sweet” week….
Ayurvedic Health Specialist
“Specializing in transforming women’s emotional health using natural modalities”