If you look at any painting of an ancient Guru or Rishi, you’ll notice that they’re depicted with a pleasant and youthful appearance. Their faces are filled with peace and calm. Have you ever wondered if this is just a fantasy or did, they all really have calm minds? Research shows that in addition to their yogic practice, the food they ate played a major role in making their minds peaceful. This yogic diet they followed is also known as a sattvic diet.
K Sumanandini, Nutritionist based in Vizag shares the magic of a Sattvic diet and the foods to consume as well as to avoid.
What is a ‘Sattvic’ diet?
The word ‘Sattvic’ roughly translates to ‘pure essence’, and is considered to be the purest diet a human can eat. It focuses on seasonal foods, fruits, nuts, ripe vegetables, oils, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and non-meat-based proteins. These foods are proven to produce a quiet, meditative, and peaceful mind. If you are not only health-conscious but are also seeking a connection with your inner being, then you will find a sattvic diet very helpful. Because of its strong connection to yoga, a sattvic diet can also be referred to as a yogic diet.
Health benefits of a Sattvic diet:
A sattvic diet not only keeps one physically fit, but also mentally agile. It balances the body, mind and soul, thereby resulting in longevity of life in an individual. The sattvic approach is all about eating in moderation. Therefore, it can help with reducing body fat, while also strengthening the body’s immune system. Following this diet along with light to moderate yoga, pranayama or some physical activity will keep you away from all types of lifestyle diseases like blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Foods to consume
The following is a list of food menu that you can consume:
● All types of fruits which have ripened naturally.
● Every green and leafy vegetable; however, there should be no use of onion and garlic.
● Whole grain products like rice, oats and wheat.
● Dairy products like milk, ghee, curd, paneer, cheese, cream preferably made from the milk of cows, goats and buffaloes that are given organic fodder.
● Sesame, coconut, olive and sunflower oil
● Unsalted nuts and seeds
● Herbal teas, honey, lemon juice without artificial sweetener and preferably with rock salt.
● Cinnamon, cardamom, mint, basil, fennel, turmeric, ginger and cumin to make food appetising.
● Sprouted seeds
● Alkaline foods
● Mostly uncooked food or foods which have been cooked less to retain the nutrition, and foods that have less oil and spices.
Foods to avoid
While you can consume most plant-based foods, it’s worth noting that certain foods shouldmbe avoided to enjoy the full benefits of a sattvic diet. These include:
● Processed foods
● Artificial sugar
● Meat, poultry, and fish
● Caffeine and alcohol
● Fried, spicy, and overly cooked foods
● Added sugar
● Onion and garlic
In summary, the sattvic or yogic diet is the best option if you are looking for a healthy body along with a peaceful mind. You can combine this diet with yoga and meditation to enhance its benefits. If you also want to lose fat, a custom sattvic diet plan designed for weight loss can make all the difference. Practice a sattvic lifestyle, and you will never look back!
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