SATTVIC MEANS PURE ESSENCE

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A person or being can be called sattvic if they have predominantly sattvic tendencies. The name “sattvik” implies one who is divine, pure, and spiritual.
A Sattvic diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in Prana ‘life-force like organic fresh fruits and vegetables. It requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. It also means properly prepared fresh foods.

Becoming Sattvic

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One should focus on work, self-improvement and intellectual or spiritual pursuits. Maintaining a positive nature, demonstrating generosity, kindness, openness, fairness (equality) and forgiveness also increases Sattva Guna. In addition spiritual inclination, faith and belief in the Great Spirit or God, engaging in selfless service or charitable activities help to become Sattvic.
The Yogic diet is Sattvic which is 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.

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A sattvic diet generally consists of:

Fruits

Apples, Kiwi, Prunes, Apricots, Loquat, Tangerines, Bananas, Lychee, Pomegranate, Cantaloupe, Mango, Papaya, Cherries, Melons, Nectarines, Cranberry, Honeydew, Oranges, Grapefruits, Watermelon, Pineapples, Grapes, Peaches, Plums, Guava, Pears, Persimmon

Vegetables

Artichokes, Eggplant, Lettuce, Beets, Mustard, Greens, Asparagus, Daikon, Onions, Endive, Fennel, Maitake, Parsnips, Bok Choy, Peas, Broccoli, Green Beans, Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Radishes, Cabbage, Leeks, Lima Beans, Shallots, Carrots, Celery, Spinach, Cauliflower, Chard, Chanterelles, Sprouts, Corn, Squash, Shitake, Mushrooms, Watercress, Turnips, Yams

Sprouted Whole Grains

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Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Millet, Quinoa, Rice:Basmati, Brown and Wild Rice.

Oils

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Olive, Safflower, Sesame, Sunflower, Garbanzo, Lentils, Mung.

Spices

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Asafoetida (hing), Coriander, Basil, Cumin, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Fennel seed, Parsley, Cardamom, Fenugreek, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger

Nut/Seed

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Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts

Milks & Cheese

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Seed milk, Hemp milk, Almond or other nut milk

Sweeteners

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Cane juice, Raw honey, Stevia, Fruit Juices, Maple Syrup.

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Food affects our body as well as our mind. It takes time for the effects of dietary changes to manifest on the mind. Changing our diet may not impact our psychology overnight, but in a period of months can affect it significantly.