The Eight Different Tastes

1. Sour - vinegar

2. Salty - sea water and sea foods, celery and some other root vegetables.

3. Bitter - cumin, bitter almonds, lemon rind, pomegranates, limes, bitter gourds, neem leaves, tonic water, turmeric, fenugreek and all greens (dried and fresh).

4. Hot - all chillies.

5. Pungent - horseradish, mustard, ginger, garlic, mustard leaves and onions.

6. Putrid - cheeses, partridges, chinese eggs, fermented foods like yoghurt, miso lassi, sauerkraut and tofu.

7. Astringent - raw broccoli, lentils, beans, peas and foods rich in protein such as avocado.

8. Sweet - sugar, molasses, maple syrup and cold-pressed honeys.

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General Advice on Slimming






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A certain amount of body fat is essential for our wellbeing. Most people who put on weight have a sweet tooth and eat an excessive amount of carbohydrates. If you want to slim, you may find the following notes useful.

Learn to eat only when you are hungry and stop eating before you feel bloated. Do not eat just to feel full. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. Eat more proteins and minerals, and fewer carbohydrates.

There are 8 different tastes available to us (see Appendix A). Most of us, however, are content with only 3 - salty, sweet and sour. If we shift our food balance to include the other 5 - bitter, pungent, astringent, putrid, and hot - our body will be able to eliminate waste more completely. The less frequently used tastes will increase our metabolic rate and enable the body to digest food more thoroughly. As a consequence, less fat will be dumped and stored in the body.

It is also important for the skin to remain acidic. Have lots of hot baths as this will ensure that the pores remain open. Take care not to get constipated. Take lots of exercise, including long walks. Remember, singing is also a very effective exercise.

Finally, steer well clear of slimming pills and remember to eat only when you are hungry.


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