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Still feeling hungry? An Ayurvedic approach to diet…

Ayurvedic approach to diet, at IreneCarr.com: Ayurveda describes six tastes and recommends ingesting all of them at each meal. Western medicine also recognizes six tastes, but does not promote them as such. The six tastes are: sweet sour salty pungent bitter astringent

Are you like me and can eat a delicious meal and feel physically full, yet still have a hankering for something? The experience of feeling physically full, but not satisfied, was once very common to me. However, since adapting an Ayurvedic approach to diet, this is now a rare occurrence.

So what does Ayurveda have to say about diet that can result in satiation?

Ayurveda describes six tastes and recommends ingesting all of them at each meal.  Western medicine also recognizes six tastes, but does not promote them as such.

The six tastes are:

  • sweet
  • sour
  • salty
  • pungent
  • bitter
  • astringent

As Westerners, we typically get an overabundance of sweet, sour, and salty, with a good amount of pungent and very little bitter or astringent.

Sweet encompasses anything we consider sweet to taste, but also all grains, rice, pasta, dairy, oils, nuts, and meat.

Sour category includes citrus, vinegars, tomatoes, yogurt, and pickles.

The salty category includes the obvious, plus seafood as it comes from salt water.

Pungent taste is found in ginger, hot peppers, horseradish, wasabi, and radishes.

Bitter is found in green and yellow veggies.

Astringent is found in beans, tea, and some nuts.

Many foods have more than one taste.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be satisfied?

At first this may seem cumbersome, but truly after having employing it only a few months, it soon becomes second nature.  Give it a try, what do you have to loose?

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Wouldn’t it be nice to feel satisfied?  Oh, and don’t forget to have fun with it!!!

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