What’s on your plate, sattvic or tamasic?
Published on October 9, 2019
It is often quoted that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. But if you don’t serve your man with nutritious food, then he will have to take the way to the doctor’s home. Nutritious food is a word that keeps buzzing in every corner of our planet. People have suddenly become conscious of what they eat. Food not only gives energy, but it also tickles our taste buds and elevates our mood. It is believed that food is the creator of the life force. Hence, you must choose it wisely.
Food can be categorized into three types based on the effects they have on one’s body. They are Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sometimes certain food items may lead to bloating and other digestive issues while other food items have subtle effects on the mind and mood. Ayurveda provides a deep understanding of different foods and their impact on physical health, mental well-being and even our spiritual strength. Sattvic foods promote purity of body and mind. In particular, a sattvic diet cultivates a calm, clear and compassionate mind.
Sattvic foods nourish and promote a steady mind and help to enhance one’s intellect. It also gives a greater sense of empathy. sattvic foods are vegetarian. It does not include foods prepared by harming any animals. It includes foods that are grown naturally and do not contain preservatives, artificial flavors, or additives.
Below given are a few food items that are considered Sattvic
- Fresh organic whole food
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains and nuts
- Dairy products such as milk and ghee
- Beans and lentils
- Plant-based oils
- Naturally sweet foods, honey, molasses
- Spices such as cinnamon, basil, coriander, ginger, and turmeric
The sattvic diet can be differentiated from the rajasic diet and the tamasic diet. Rajasic food consists of food that is spicy, salty and sour. Tamasic diet includes food that is stale, overheated, oily, heavy and often canned or preserved in some way. Having a tamasic diet regularly can create a doshik imbalance or physical illness. Tamasic food items include meat, fish, alcohol, mushroom, bread, canned and frozen food. These food items can bring out lethargy similarly rajasic food can make one restless. Sedative foods and tamasic foods are harmful to the mind and body. On the other hand, sattvic food can make you feel enthusiastic and energetic.
Benefits of Sattvic Food
Ayurveda advises a sattvic diet for people who wish to be healthy and balanced. One’s having the sattvic principle bloom with memory and devotion. They are gracious, learned and are free from anxiety. They have a severe and well-guided intellect and are persistently engaged in virtuous acts. A sattvic diet improves the mind and helps the soul of the native. It also helps in treating the doshik imbalance of an individual. A sattvic diet is light and easily digestible. It is rich in prana and promotes positive thoughts, happiness, and satisfaction. It keeps us peaceful, alert and refreshed. There are many health benefits of having a sattvic diet. It is the best diet for strength, calm mind, perfect health, and longevity. It also eliminates tiredness and improves peace and tranquillity. sattvic food can enhance the health of your skin and the quality of your hair.
Savor the Sattvic meal
Food prepared at home is full of mindfulness, care, and love. It creates energetic vibrations which will enter the native’s body during digestion. The quality of food is immensely enhanced by love and attention. This includes the way the vegetables are cut, the spices are ground, and the way ingredients are added to the dish. With so much love and affection added to sattvic bhojan, it multiplies the benefits, and the family members enjoy a positive and healthy life together. Ask our expert astrologers about the doshik imbalance.
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