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How to end food addiction?
You really just want to be good but damn these cravings are not making it easy for you. It is very easy however to get addicted to that food that you know is not really good for you! If you are looking for a solution to this? This article will give you just that! It will answer why we get addicted to food and how do we get out of it. So, get comfy and read along!
Today, there are so many options of food everywhere, isles of food are there easily available for us in groceries and supermarkets. But if you look at them closely they really are just different options of the same thing…
Yes, it’s different brands of the same type of food or the same food prepared in a slightly different way or packaging. As to whether the packet says organic or not, essentially they’re pretty much the same kind of thing!
However, our relationship with food is determined by a number of factors but the one factor that outshines all factors is taste.
In essence, we eat because we need the energy from food to function and survive that’s the main reason why we should eat, but we also eat for other reasons that are far less important such as boredom, for example.
However, whatever the reason for eating taste has a big role at play.
There are six tastes, yup six. Although many of us have forgotten about them, our body knows them very well. The six tastes are; sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
The six taste doesn’t exist for no reason, like most things in life, everything has its reason and so do these six tastes.
The ability to taste these six different tastes is our body’s hint for satisfaction. According to Ayurveda, our body needs all the six tastes from our food to feel satisfied. Consuming just the one or two together somehow creates an imbalance in our palate resulting in addiction.
So, going back to what I said earlier about our food is the same kind of thing. Well, because look at them closely, the food we mostly get especially those ones that are already prepared for us is largely sweet, sour, and salty. And guess what? They are the culprit of addiction!
They are addicting, of course, they want us to keep spending, so you can just understand why they had to make it so addicting! But if we put bitter, pungent, and astringent back into the equation, we can balance our palate and finally say goodbye to food addiction.
Have you ever experience it when you’ve just eaten, you are feeling full but you’re still somehow wanting something, then you keep on eating until you’re just fed up of being too full and wanting more.
Well, this is an example of our body telling us something but we are just not able to comprehend because we have somehow lost that inner consciousness in the food we eat.
Bringing back that inner consciousness in our food consumption will solve any food addiction.
How do we do that?
We can start by making sure we are getting all the six tastes in our diet. Let’s get to know them a little bit more…
According to Ayurveda each taste contributes to certain chemical actions in the body.
The Action of the Six Tastes
The sweet taste is an important component of our diet. When food became known to man nature had to make it so obvious for him that it created the most nutritious food to be of sweet taste. The sweet taste produces strength, enhances immunity, and promotes healing. Yet overconsumption of it does the exact opposite of what it is intended for.
Sour taste stimulates digestive activity, it is an appetizer, and it stimulates moistening creating ease for digestion. Too much of it causes irritation and swelling.
Salty taste clears obstruction, it lubricates and it increases cellular metabolism. Excess salt intake increases blood and affects circulation.
The bitter taste is a good cleanser, it helps to balance excess moisture and helps in digesting fat. Too much of it causes dryness and depletes the tissues.
The pungent taste improves the other tastes. It reduces swelling, takes out greasiness, and helps in the breakdown of food. Overconsumption can lead to dehydration and loss of strength.
Astringent taste dilutes excess heat and dries up moisture. Like bitter, astringent taste cleanses the blood. Too much of it causes dryness to the skin and can cause constipation.
The tastes sweet, sour, and salty are present in almost all of the food we consume today. Whilst herbs and spices contain the tastes bitter, pungent, and astringent. So yes, again it was not an accident that we learned to put herbs and spices in our food, there’s a reason for it.
From that little knowledge about the six tastes, we can have some idea why the body needs them. Learning to blend the six tastes in our diet creates balance to the palate and satisfies the needs of the body.
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My name is Rea, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Therapist. We at Kahlmah believes health is our true wealth! We are passionate to share with you how Ayurveda can help to find balance in our lives. We hope you will find our posts useful. Enjoy!