A Modified Approach to Ayurvedic Eating

by on March 4th, 2011 at 7:00 am

We all know that nutrition is our body’s fuel, but especially in today’s society, eating well can be a challenge. Meals are sometimes social events, with nourishment a secondary (or even disregarded) element to the food. Other times, we use food for emotional comfort. However, when we do not take a balanced approach to nutrition, we’re more likely to experience low vitality and feel generally unhealthy.

When I first heard about Ayurveda, I was interested to see how I could apply some of the principles to my everyday life. To properly follow an Ayurvedic diet is quite complex; however, I found that taking a modified approach by focusing on the 6 taste principles was quite effective at satisfying hunger and cravings.

In addition, I also adhered to some general nutrition guidelines that are aligned with following an  Ayurvedic diet, such as eating fresh food versus processed food, since fresh foods provide more energy and are also easier to digest.

The six major Ayurvedic tastes

By trying to incorporate each of these in moderation into my meals, I noticed a difference in satiety after eating, and felt more energized.

  • Bitter
    • Try eating foods such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale
  • Pungent
    • Try adding cayenne or other hot-tasting spices to your dishes, or eat foods seasoned with chili peppers or ginger
  • Astringent
    • Try eating foods such as beans, cabbage, apples and pears
  • Sour
    • Try eating foods such yogurt and cheese, adding zests of lemon, lime, and vinegar
  • Sweet
    • Try naturally sweet foods, such as fruits, honey and milk, and minimize intake of artificial sugars.
  • Salty
    • Minimize the amount of salt you add to foods; but again, moderation is key.

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