What Does Sattvic Foods Include?

By Patricia | January 9, 2009
Sattvic Yoga Diet

What Is Full List Of Sattvic Foods In Yoga Diet

Sattvic Foodsin the yoga dietare predominantly vegetarian. Sattvic means pure, light and simple. This means foods that are, essentially, easily digestible, not fat or protein heavy and devoid of excess spice. Truth is, all foods in God’s creation are healthy; the problem arises with quantity and food combines. Sadly, very few people pay attention to these two very important aspects of diet. Then there is the matter of conduciveness. While it is true – and indisputable – that all foods in God’s creation are healthy, owing to our intrinsic natures some foods may or may not agree with us.

Take for instance food allergies. Among food allergies, it is said, egg allergies, dairy and peanut rate the highest. This doesn’t go to say that eggs or dairy products are bad. Likewise, some people tend to develop flatulence from eating potatoes, peas, chick peas and black eyed peas; which, again, aren’t bad by nature, except that it doesn’t suit certain individual natures. This being said and done let us list out the Sattvic Foods in the yoga diet:

  • Cereals
  • Vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Dried fruits and nuts

Nowadays you have something called the Food Pyramid. This, unfortunately, keeps mutating from time to time.

The Yogic diet is Sattvic (pure and simple) and predominantly lacto-vegetarian. This means all non-animal foods with the exception of milk, and dairy products honey and eggs. Yogic foods are tasty, healthy and refreshing. Sattvic foods are fresh and agreeable to the system and cover almost all whole grains, fruits, milk, honey, nuts, seeds and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. This of course does not cover commercially produced milk as this is not always Sattvic. Considering the amount of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are being used in commercial crops these days, you ought to be particular about what you eat, particularly when it comes to frozen or tinned foods. A serious Yoga student would make Sattvic foods the mainstay of his or her life. Sattvic foods include:

  • Cereals
  • Dairy products such as butter and cheese
  • Dried peas, beans and lentils
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Grains
  • Herbal teas
  • Honey
  • Legumes
  • Milk
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Nuts
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pure fruit juices
  • Seeds
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Whole meal bread

Rajasik foods would cover the following:

  • Spicy foods
  • Stimulants like coffee and teas
  • Fish and meat
  • Chocolates
  • Eating in a haste without chewing properly is also considered rajasik
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