Weight loss can be hard when you don’t have the right tools. Just like any other journey, if you start without a map, it can be challenging to find your destination.
Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, offers several secrets to help you navigate the path to your ideal weight. In my past blogs on this topic (click to read Part 1 and Part 2), I’ve given you some shortcuts to help you obtain your weight loss goals by using the knowledge of ayurveda.
Here is another tip for losing weight and keeping it off: incorporate all the 6 tastes in your meals and you will eat less.
Ayurveda recognizes 6 tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The American diet often has plenty of the first 3 – sweet, sour and salt—but is often missing the last three. When your meals satisfy all 6 tastes, it helps you eat less. Here is an extra tip – starting with just a small amount of something sweet at the beginning of a meal (like fruit preservers, dates, raisins) will keep you from craving an unhealthy dessert at the end of your meal.
What Is taste?
According to ayurveda, taste is “the sensation the tongue experiences” when you eat. Having diverse tastes in your meals helps to satisfy cravings and prevents overeating. Although we spend a lot of time evaluating the carbohydrate, fat and protein content of our food, we rarely think about the variety of taste of the foods we eat.
It is easy to think of examples of sweet tastes (apple pie), salty tastes (potato chips) and sour tastes (lemons). But how often do you think of bitter, pungent and astringent foods? Each taste is necessary in order for your mind to feel satiated after a meal.
Examples of the 6 Tastes
An easy way to incorporate the 6 tastes into every meal is to add a little bit of curry powder into your food. You can either cook with it so that your food gets the full flavor of the curry powder or just add a small amount as a mild condiment. My favorite curry powder recipe comes from my Aunt Indra. It takes only a few minutes to make and turns any meal into a flavor-packed experience. Share it with your family and friends as well.
5 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 small (1.5 inch) piece of a cinnamon stick
2 tsp turmeric powder (reserve for later)
Grind all of the above ingredients, except for the turmeric powder, in a coffee grinder. Afterward, add 2 tsp of the turmeric powder. Mix all ingredients together.
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