Measuring Tastes, Not Calories



Ayurvedic living is a preventative approach to health and medicine, rather than the currently popular curative medicine today. Measuring tastes to create a balanced diet is one simple way we can support our bodies on our health journey.


Each taste is a balance of the elements and thus affects the elemental balance of each dosha differently.


6 Tastes of Ayurveda


Sweet - earth & water - comforting & grounding

Sour - fire & earth - moistening

Salty - fire & water - soothing & softening

Bitter - air & space - detoxifying

Astringent - air & earth - slowing

Pungent - fire & air - energizing


The amount of each taste that you include on a regular basis can affect your mood, energy level, digestive health and so much more. Depending on your dosha, a certain balance is recommended.







Vata

Sweet, sour, and salty balance Vata.

Bitter, astringent, and pungent increase Vata.


Pitta

Bitter, sweet, and astringent balance Pitta.

Salty, sour, and pungent increase Pitta.


Kapha

Pungent, astringent, and bitter balance Kapha.

Sweet, sour, and salt increase Kapha.


Measuring tastes can help you balance your dosha, while giving your body the variety of foods it needs. Try adding some of the items from each taste that helps to balance your dosha!


SWEET

SOUR

SALTY

BITTER

ASTRINGENT

PUNGENT

Fruits

Yogurt / Cheese

Salt (sea, Himalayan, pink)

Leafy Greens

Apples / Pears

Peppers

Grains

Vinegar

Seaweed

Artichokes / Eggplant

Most Berries

Mustard

Avocados

Citrus

Celery

Dark Chocolate

Cabbage

Onions / Garlic

Nuts / Seeds

Pickles

Olives

Sesame Seeds

Legumes

Turmeric

Dairy

Tomatoes

Cottage Cheese

Coffee / Tea

Most Raw Vegetables

Turnips / Radishes

Honey

Strawberries / Kiwi

Soy Sauce

Brussel Sprouts

Beans

Hot Spices


Breakfast

Let's take breakfast for example. There are certain foods, flavors, tastes, etc. that can either power you up or work against you. Here is just a one suggestion that may help to make a big difference in how you feel throughout the day. Start your day off on the right track, with food that works with your body to keep you feeling good and energized and say adios to these foods that don't!


Vata - avoid smoothies as they may make you feel bloated, constipated & anxious


Pitta - avoid coffee as it may make you agitated, acidic & overheated


Kapha - avoid pastries as they may make you feel heavy & tired



Filling Your Plate

Depending on your dosha, certain tastes and foods can be easily added into your diet on a daily basis to improve and maintain physical and emotional health. What you choose is incredibly important, as we've just outlined, but it's just one piece of the puzzle. The amount of each food you choose also has a big role to play as well!



Ayurveda plate


At the end of the day, we all just want to feel good! Making small changes can go a long way to achieving stable energy levels, effective digestion, a clear mind and a happy healthy body.


six tastes of ayurveda

Not sure about your dosha? Scoot on over to our post "What's My Dosha?" where you can learn more about each dosha's characteristics and take a quiz to find out your dosha!


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