Healing with Taste

Have you ever craved salty after a longer work out or felt the need for something sweet at the end of a meal?  Taste is very important for healing and staying balanced.  When you have all six tastes during a meal it leaves you feeling satisfied.  This recipe covers all the tastes and is a perfect summer meal or side.

Six Taste Salad

  • Fill a bowl 2/3rds full with lettuce (romaine, red or green lettuce) (bitter)
  • Sprinkle with cranberries (astringent)
  • Add 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds, a great source of protein (sweet)
  • Drizzle with Olive Oil, a good source of Omegas
  • Dash of Vinegar(sour)
  • Salt to taste  (salty)
  • Light sprinkle of black pepper (pungent)

Feel free to add or vary, but try to keep all the tastes.   Vatas and Pittas may want to add Avocado or Blueberries.  Kaphas may want to add some green peppers or radishes.

Calming the Doshas with Taste

Vata– Sweet (moistening affect)

Pitta– Bitter and Sweet (cooling and moistening affect)

Kapha– Bitter and Astringent (drying affect)

(The sweet taste I am talking about is not candy, but can be found in grains, fruit and protein)   Enjoy!

3 Biggest Mistakes People Make Practicing Ayurveda on Their Own

Practicing Ayurveda can seem like a relatively simple thing to do, you read a book, take a quiz and try to eat the proper foods.  Well, there’s a little bit more to it than that.  Here are the 3 biggest mistakes people just starting out usually make (including me pre-practitioner), and  how to avoid them.

1. Use an incomplete or mixed up quiz.

Ayurveda is a very individualized science, so for someone to make a quiz that you can fill out in two minutes is rather difficult.  Sometimes they combine Prakruti (physical characteristics) with Vikruti (your imbalance).  The quiz you want will be one telling you your Vikruti.  (Think of taking a quiz as doing a yoga DVD and going to a practitioner as getting a private yoga session,  a group class would fall under the lines of an Ayurveda workshop).

2. Not properly evaluating yourself.

The quiz might seem simple, but because we have preconceived notions about ourselves you might circle the wrong answer.  A really good way to fix this would be to have a friend answer some of the questions for you.  Also the big misconception that Kaphas are fat, when in truth, Kaphas are sturdy and maybe a little thick, but the flabby fat is actually caused by Vata.

3.  Wrong food list.

O.K so you’ve figured out the two doshas you have the most of, now breaking it down so you know which one you have the digestion of.  Look at the questions you have answered, which ones talk about digestion (gas, color of stool ext)?  Tally up those questions and the main dosha there is what you should be eating food for.

As I said previously this is only like watching a Yoga DVD, there are actually multiple food lists such as Pitta/Vata and figuring how to work with the dosha that  is connected with your mental health can be trickier.  That is why Earth Ayurveda Clinic offers a one time visit to get you on track.