“He who practices yoga without moderation of diet,
incurs various diseases, and obtains no success.” (Gheranda Samhita 5/16)
Food is Divine.
A branch of a tree cannot survive on its own without the support of roots, stem, leaves and water. Everything much be connected and synchronous in order to survive in nature.
Similarly, there must be a constant exchange between an individual and the universe in order to maintain balance. Everything should be in harmony, including the way we eat, breathe and drink. Cacophony may lead to dis-ease.
According to Yogic Philosophies, food is responsible for the growth of the body. Food plays an essential role in balancing the body from within. You should shift your focus to Sattvic foods if you are looking forward to achieve good health, sound mind, longevity and physical strength. They will also help you boost your patience, build up a fit body and a calm mind.
Sattvic foods are light, easily digestible and sun foods, which means they grow above the ground; and have a fast effect on body’s digestive and nervous system. According to Ayurvedic principles, Sattvic food is the purest type of consumable food.
Ghee is also known as clarified butter. It is cold, heavy and sweet tasting. It is considered as one of the most famous Sattvic food because its relevance has been emulated upon the ancient Vedas. Soma juice and ghee, mixed with rice is considered as the diet of God. The most recommended ghee is the ghee from cow milk. Milk is exclusive because it contains the best nutrients a mother can provide. Ghee can also be incorporated in Ayurvedic Treaments. It hardly takes 30 mins to prepare ghee at home.
2 . Sprouted Whole Grains:
Grains should be an integral part of every meal. Sprouted whole grains as symbolic of health, prosperity, happiness and provide nourishment. Try to include barley, spelt, rice and oatmeal in your diet. There are many varieties that can be prepared. Please avoid using leavened breads.
3 . Fresh Organic Fruit:
Any fresh organic food can be included in your sattvic diet except for avocados and tomatoes. They should not be consumed in excess since they are rejasic (neither beneficial nor harmful). Fresh organic fruits are considered as symbols of spirituality and generosity; and it is also believed that consuming fruits increases one’s magnetism. Some examples of fresh organic fruits include oranges, peaches, plums, apples, bananas, berries and grapes.
4 . Honey:
Honey is a sweetener that is used for moderation in a Sattvic diet. Maple syrup, fruit juice concentrates, sucanat, brown rice syrup and sugarcane juice are also acceptable. Please avoid using processed white sugar if possible.
5 . Organic Land and Sea Vegetables:
Mild, organic veggies such as carrot, beets, cucumbers, celery, green leafies and sweet potatoes can be included in your diet. Vegetables cooked along with mushrooms, potatoes, garlic, onions and hot peppers are not considered sattvic. Juicing vegetables is an easy way to access their prana (life-giving force).
6 . Nuts, Seeds, and Oils:
Always choose fresh and pure nuts or seeds. Soaking them over the night will make it easier for your body to digest. They will lose their Sattvic property if they are overly salted or roasted. Pine nuts, sesame seeds, almonds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and flax seeds can be consumed. Ghee, sesame oil and coconut oil can be used in cooking but most oils are to be consumed raw.
7 . Legumes:
The smaller, the better. Lentils, mung beans and split peas are easiest to digest. You can also try including aduki beans, chickpeas and organic tofu. A combination of legumes with whole grain form a complete protein source.
8 . Herbs:
Herbs are often used in conjunction with meditation because they directly support the mind. Some of the common Sattvic herbs include:
- Ashwagandha – Used to fight stress, fatigue and difficulty in concentrating.
- Tulsi – Used in medicinal teas and helps to balance the body.
- Gotu kola – Used to improve meditation.
- Gingko – Helps in solving issues with heart, lungs and kidneys.
- Calamus –Used as a muscle relaxant.
- Bacopa – Used to improve memory formation.
Proper nutrition combined with meditation and yoga can help enlighten the mind and ground the body.