Sattvic Diet 101
So, you’ve decided to get on the sattvic diet bandwagon. It has worked for a few friends and they can't stop raving about it. You have a very hectic lifestyle and because of it your health suffers immensely. Opting for the sattvic diet seems like a good option. Let’s get straight into it then .
The Bhagavad-gita describes the sattvic lifestyle as – a lifestyle promoting lifespan, virtue, strength, well-being and satisfaction. Rumored to be formulated over 5000 years ago, sattvic diet is basically a high fiber, low fat, purely vegetarian diet that consists of food items cooked and consumed in an ethical and fresh form. Yoga students and enthusiasts rave about its benefits as it aligns with their overall health philosophy.
Yoga postulates that there are three different types of foods: Rajasic, Tamasic, Sattvic. Out of these, sattvic is believed to be the most nutritious and calming, with emphasis on an active intake of micronutrients on a daily basis through food. Yogis and ayurveda practitioners swear by the Sattvic diet’s ability to promote longevity, physical strength, good skin and hair, heart health, lowered sugar levels, healed liver and optimal mental health amongst others. This can be true because the sattvic diet entails you have fresh, organic, non GMO fruits, vegetables, juices, nuts, seeds, honey and herbal teas.
Let’s take a look at the food that is allowed on this diet.
- Whole grains
- Legumes and sprouts
- Dairy and it's products
- Root veggies like Carrots and Beetroots
- Non GMO Fruits
- Nuts, seeds and coconut
- Indian spices
- Ghee or other oils(clean, virgin, cold pressed, organic)
- Sweeteners: Honey and Jaggery
Foods not allowed on sattvic diet: Onions, Garlic, Chai and Coffee, Alcohol, Meat or Eggs, Refined sugars, Refined flours, Processed food like cakes, pastries, breads, pasta, cheese, sauces, canned fruit and veggies, jams, biscuits etc.
How does the sattvic diet affect your body: Since the Sattvic diet is based on consuming whole, nutritious foods, including vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts; you can sit back assured that the inflammation in your body is going to be lowered in a significant manner. Nutritional imbalances are restored and a diet rich in antioxidants from non GMO whole foods boosts the immune system as well.
The Sattvic diet discourages the consumption of fried and processed foods as these are known to harm overall health and significantly increase the risk of numerous diseases because of the presence of preservatives and other flavor enhancers, sugars and sodium. Plus, you do not know under what conditions these food items have been procured, processed and packaged and what kind of hormones and chemicals have they been induced with to finally arrive at your table in the form that they arrive. Since the diet is vegetarian it is assumed that there will be a reduction in the overall risk of developing chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers in practitioners. Additionally, vegetarian dietary patterns may protect against diabetes and colorectal cancer.
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