Pros And Cons Of Sattvic Diet

This article covers all there is about the sattvic diet. Is it good / bad for health. What all is included in this diet.

What is sattvic diet ?

  • Sattvic diet has it’s roots in ayurveda and it originated in India over 5000 years ago
  • Essentially meant for yogis, to provide energy, calmness, happiness and mental clarity
  • It is built on the philosophy of the three gunas, sattva, rajas and tamas

Sattva (sattvic / pranic)

  • Stands for purity, health, harmony and well being
  • Sattva means that helps to fulfill aspirations in life
  • Sattvic diet is a pure vegetarian diet which includes seasonal fruits, fresh veggies, whole grains, sprouts, dried nuts, honey, fresh herbs, milk and dairy products
  • That these food products are free of any animal rennet
  • These food are meant to raise sattva or consciousness levels
  • These food are cooked and eaten with love, gratitude and awareness

Rajas (rajsic / zero pranic food)

  • These food stand for stress, anger, activity and restlessness
  • Consists of food which are rich in taste such as onion, garlic, deep fried food, tea, refined food, sugary food etc
  • A dominantly rajasic quality diet disturbs the mind body equilibrium

Tamas (tamsic / negative pranic food)

  • Stands for dullness, laziness and lethargy
  • Guna regulates rest and sleep
  • This diet mainly consists of reheated foods, leftover foods, chemically processed food such as eggs, meat, alcohol, cigarettes etc
  • A tamasic person will be dull, umiaginative, careless, umaware and lethargic
  • They will experience illness like diabetes, obesity etc

What are the benefits of satvic diet ?

  • May help you lose weight with whole grains, more fibre and more nutrients, no refined food and processed food
  • Helps boost immunity
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces brain fog and enhances focus
  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases
  • Helps improve mood
  • Helps boost metabolism
  • Improves daily energy in the body
  • Great for daily detoxification
  • Great for mental health
  • May help balance hormones
  • Does talk about food composition, environment and mood of the person cooking

What are the downsides of this diet ?

  • Hardcore diet meant for yogis
  • You need very strong will to avoid all outside food
  • Following it strictly in normal life may not be practically possible
  • Diet gets generally twisted for personal use (vegan, zero cooked etc, cheat days etc)
  • There are a lot of do’s and don’ts
  • No tea, coffee, cocoa etc might not be suitable for some people
  • No microwaved food or food kept in the fridge or reheated food may not be practically possible at all times
  • Finding a balance in your diet is very important, completely excluding a particular food group form the diet may not be healthy
  • Drinking tea, coffee or even alcohol is bad only if you’re under it’s abuse
  • Taking a break from rajsic food occasionally is good to gain control over your food habits but for long term this diet may be too restrictive
  • You can instead chose to cut off certain food from your diet for short durations if time. This will provide you with the best of both the worlds

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