Is it sweet relief or sweet liberation
We love sweets and like to eat them. We begin our life on earth with the sweet mother's milk, which calms and nourishes us. This innate preference for sweets can be explained in evolutionary terms. The sweet taste is a sign of edible (i.e. not poisonous) and the presence of vital energy. However, that doesn't mean you should start eating chocolate, cakes, and other products made with sugar right away. Unprocessed foods also taste sweet.
In the article "The cry for sugar and how you can no longer hear it" you read that it depends on your gustatory perception (subjectively experienced taste experience) which foods you perceive as sweet.
With the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on the sweet taste, you will now enjoy sweets without a guilty conscience.
The sweet taste from the perspective of TCM
Western nutrition works with the effects of nutrients on the body. Citrus fruits, for example, are rich in vitamin C and therefore have an antioxidant effect. According to TCM, the taste (sweet, sour, hot, bitter, salty) of a food indicates its direction of action.
If you want to have these positive effects of the sweet taste for your body, then eat cooked cereals, legumes and vegetables. From the point of view of TCM, it is advisable to eat a large part of the food cooked for the digestibility and better utilization of the food. Cooking the food relieves the body as it does some of the digestive work. In contrast to this, western nutrition recommends raw food as this preserves vital vitamins.
Western nutrition can also explain with its nutrient theory why cereals, pulses and vegetables taste sweet. They belong to the group of carbohydrates and have glucose as a basic building block. However, these foods are made up of many thousands of glucose components and not of two components, such as household sugar. The fewer building blocks a carbohydrate has, the faster it gets into the bloodstream, affects blood sugar and tastes sweeter.
TCM understands the sweet taste to be the natural sweetness found in foods such as cereals (e.g. spelled, millet, rice), vegetables (e.g. carrots, corn, pumpkin), fruit (e.g. pears, apples, dried fruits) , Butter, nuts and much more is included. The next time your body craves sweets, eat one of the listed foods.
Note that your body craves sweets, not a candy bar. Correctly interpret your body's desire. This has done well without ready-made products and sugar for centuries.
Cravings for sweets are a thing of the past
If you do not want to have strong cravings for sweets or lose weight, then start the day with a warm breakfast, such as porridge, millet, lentil soup, etc. Read the article “A mindful breakfast works wonders”. Eating bread for breakfast is a new development that fits in with our “no-time-to-cook” age. A hot breakfast will keep you full for a long time and is very warm inside. From my own experience, I can recommend a warm breakfast, especially in winter.
Eat bread as an accompaniment to a warm meal, as is done in many cultures and was common in Germany at the beginning of the last century. Bread meals hardly contain any spices that could stimulate the metabolism. Hardly any bread is eaten in East Asian countries.
Eat legumes with cereals; Lentils, peas, and beans should be on your daily menu. If you have problems after a bean meal, then read the article "Fiber - Ball or Relief". Always keep nuts and dried fruits in your pantry. During menstruation, a hot breakfast and cooked cereal meals work wonders.
The sweet taste is essential, but the choice of food matters.
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