Sugar can be very powerful and is a huge addiction worldwide. It has a tremendous effect on excess weight, dental problems, chronic infections, diabetes, adrenal deficiency, candidiasis, slows down cognitive function and can lead to dullness and mental agitation.
From the Ayurvedic point of view
Sugars are hard to digest and can build waste in the body (Ama). In Ayurveda sweetness is an essential taste in the diet as it promotes a sense of groundedness, nourishment, strength, endurance, vitality, and contentment. Consequently, It should be the biggest portion of a meal. Ayurveda looks at different Doshic constitutions Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. They all have a different metabolic rate (Agni). All three types can have addictions to sugar managing it in a different way.
Vata and Sugar
Vata has a Vishama Agni (irregular Agni) being drawn to tastes such as sweet, salty, sour, spicy and oily. Given the Agni is irregular so is their appetite with irregular eating schemes. This might lead to snacking a lot in between meals, which has a negative effect on the metabolic rate. To prevent sugar cravings one should follow a Vata pacifying diet, slow down and also avoid snacking to keep the Agni strong. Stress tends to enhance cravings for that tulsi tea can be used.
Pitta and Sugar
People with a Pitta constitution tend to have a Tikshna Agni (sharp/ piercing Agni) craving more sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. White sugars and caffeine aggravate this Agni, which will then burn even quicker and faster. People with a sharp Agni need protein and slower burning carbohydrates to satisfy their Agni. One of their main element is fire so they need to burn things. Starting the day with a nourishing breakfast will help Pitta to stay balanced.
Kapha and Sugar
Manda Agni (slow Agni) is the metabolic fire of a Kapha individual. People with a Manda Agni should focus on tastes such as pungent, bitter and astringent. Kapha already has this dull, lethargic and sluggish energy so when adding sugar to their diet Kapha tends to store it in form of fats whereas Vata immediately uses it. Agni is slow and it cannot easily break down sugars. People with a Kapha constitution are prone to diseases such as obesity, arterial disease, peri-diabetic condition, and diabetic ulcers. This leading to constant cravings of sweets. Kapha should stay away from sweets as much as possible. For this constitution, it is best to skip breakfast.
What to do?
Focus more on wholesome foods and the subtle sweet taste which comes from the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Sweetness can be found in grains: oats, wheat, rice, and corn; starchy vegetables: parsnip, squash, sweet potatoes; fruits: all kind, sweeteners: syrups, honey, and molasses; Spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg.
Further focus on establishing a regular eating scheme and do not eat when you are not hungry.
Does it sound hard? not at all isn’t?. You might also want to read Change your habits! How to overcome self-sabotage!
This blog post was written by Julia Blohberger from www.juliablohberger.com