It is no secret that calorie counting, point counting, measuring this and weighing that is really not my style, as much as all of these things are supposed to help us lose weight, well, they kinda don’t! Think about this for a moment, we have never applied such mathematical prowess to eating, aggregating daily points and accumulating the necessary calories into different food groups, than we do today and we have never had so many of us over weight and uncomfortable in our skin as we are right now. If these things actually worked you would think the reverse would be true and we would all be gliding around in figure hugging pencil skirts whilst still being able to breathe, easily!
Uh-hmm, something tells me this is not yet the case. Truth is there are more of us now completely disconnected to the nutritional needs of our body and feeling heavily miserable in the process, despite what dress size we are wearing, this diet mentality seems to be a breeding ground for beating up on our body. You see, a woman’s body is a stunningly beautiful, highly intelligent, constantly evolving, life giving, love filled representation of energy, we were never meant to be weighed, we were never meant to be contained or restricted…we were meant to breathe easy, flow freely with our nature and enjoy the freedom to find that which we love and brings us joy, in food and in life!
We are sensual beings, so instead of counting our way into skinny jeans it makes far more sense for us to taste our way there, indeed, this may sound hairy fairy but there is a science to it and crucially it is addressing your whole body, not just from a nutrition view point, but from an energetic and elemental basis that is in keeping with the laws of nature. Getting back to nature is the most sensible thing one can do, far from being pie in the sky, it is the only logical way to address your physical body if you are seeking transformation.
Ayurveda has outlined the Six Tastes that encompass all foods –
Each of these tastes affect the body, or the elements in the body, in a different way. For example, sour tastes generally create more water, imagine sucking on a slice of lemon, your mouth begins to water, this is one way sour increases water element.
All tastes have positive healing affects in moderation, however, depending on your particular constitution, or dosha, will determine which tastes you should have more and less of.
However, if we are concerned with feeling lighter there are three tastes that we just have to include in our diet otherwise our body will find it incredibly difficult to lose weight, they also happen to be the most under eaten of all the tastes – bitter, pungent and astringent.
Regardless of calories consumed, or even if the sweet foods we are eating are super healthy foods like sweet potatoes and berries, if we are eating too many sweet, salty and sour foods, relative to bitter, pungent and astringent then we are not able to find lightness in our body because there is too much earth and water element created from those foods.
Think about the taste of your food throughout the day, even if its not sugary, a lot of it is sweet. From cereals, to bread, rice, fruits, sweet tasting vegetables…these foods certainly make up a significant portion of our daily eating.
To lose weight we need to redistribute this and focus more on these other tastes, this is how you really can taste your way to lightness, it is on the tip of your tongue, literally.
Below is a list of the foods we need to be eating more of, they will help our body restore a balance of the elements which, in turn will do wonders for relieving heaviness and water retention, get eating those bitter greens and you will be slipping into your skinny jeans in no time!
Bitter – detoxifies and lightens tissues – bitter greens, dark leafy greens, spinach, turmeric & fenugreek
Pungent – stimulates digestion and metabolism – chilli peppers, cayenne, onion, ginger, garlic & spices
Astringent – absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats – legumes, pears, apples, broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower