THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS ALWAYS LOVE
Sweet honey crisp apples, pungent roasted green chillies, salty farmers market cukes...
Fall flavors are a flowin'.
In traditional medicine, the 5 flavors are a representation of the geography of our palates, as well as a larger geography of our lives. Each of the five flavors have their own unique medicinal properties.
Flavors attune your body, mind and soul.
Subsequently, with our unique body ecologies, we can inquire into the flavors we crave on our plates and how they may reveal some deeper patterns in our lives.
Every craving has a message.
Let 's take a peek into the deeper currents of flavor:
Sweet: Sweetness is the most nourishing flavor –– all the way from breast milk to a homemade desert. Often a metaphor for love and attention, sweet is the most over eaten and out of balance flavor in our culture. When used wisely, sweetness nourishes the body and heart to the highest degree.
Salty: Foods such as sea salt, seaweed and cured cheeses deliver salt to the body. Salt maintains the electrolyte balance in our cells. The salty flavor is said to increase inner courage, drive and fearlessness.
Pungent: Foods such as hot peppers, garlic and ginger bring the pungent flavor (also known as spicy). Pungent flavors clear the sinuses and improve circulation. Pungent foods are said to increase passion and excitement.
Bitter: Bitter is experienced in foods like kale, spinach and chocolate. Bitter is the flavor most lacking in the Western world’s diet, even though bitter foods often offer the most health benefits and spiritual enhancement. Bitter foods purify and cleanse the body, mind and soul.
Sour: Citrus, green grapes and fermented foods such as vinegars and pickles offer the sour flavor. Sour is energizing and supports a strong and healthy digestion. The sour flavor is known to soothe irritability and increase our sense of calm and peace.
Often known as the taste of satiation, the combination and balance of all five flavors gives us the feeling of being fed, and being fed well.
Notice the foods you crave when you are worried, stressed, irritable, bored, lonely or tired.
Which flavors you are drawn to? Which flavors do you shy away from? What do you need to be nourished?
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