23 May, 2020
We are what we eat. Food affects our mind, thoughts and our emotions. Even if healthy food is prepared or eaten in a state of anger, the body will not feel nourished due to the negative energy. Maadhuri R. Sharma, a certified Nutritionist suggest satvik diet, probiotic foods, vegetables, fruits and healthy seeds to keep our energy levels high and glow internally as well as externally to support our yoga and meditation practice.
Satvik diet to attain a clear head space, peace of mind and happiness
As per Ayurveda, eating a satvik diet is a way to promote, and keep, sattva—a clear head space of truth, contentment, and stability. We can get there by eating more fresh, local foods; being thoughtful about how we prepare them; and sitting down peacefully to enjoy them. This way of eating can be a companion to our yoga and meditation practices and helps us to pay attention to how foods make us feel—not just in our gut, but in our heart—and how they can affect our mood.
Satvik diet, holistic in nature with high frequencies
As per Sanskrit, the word Satvik connotes pure essence. This diet is holistic in nature and is great for the body, mind and soul. As per Ayurveda, Satvik diet is considered to have higher frequencies to help cultivate a mind that comprehends deeper truths and a kind of spiritual contentment—while staying grounded enough to carry on. A food’s frequency, or energy, comes from how it is grown, its freshness, preparation, and how it is enjoyed. High-frequency foods that are full of prana (life force) are vegetarian, organic, Non Genetically Modified Organism and straight from the farm or garden. They are prepared mindfully and eaten slowly. Low-frequency foods (which are canned, frozen, fried, or out of a box) are avoided.
Satvik meals balance our mental energies
Satvik meals are designed to help balance the three mental energies called the Maha Gunas. The essential energy of the mind is sattva, or a pure and content state, while tamas (the Maha Guna of rest, inertia, and stagnation) and Rajas (the Maha Guna of movement, creativity and passion) disturb sattva. Tamas and Rajas are not bad per se; they have a tendency towards imbalance. Tamas slows down our mind, while Rajas speeds it up. Too much Tamas can make us feel unmotivated and tired. The quality of our thoughts can change often, so we may have too much Tamas one day and too much Rajas on other days. Hence, it is recommended to stick to a satvik diet.
It is easy to digest and engages the six tastes as per Ayurveda
Satvik meals digest easily, nourish our tissues, and utilise the six tastes in Ayurveda; sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent to help balance our sattva, rajas, and tamas maha gunas (mental energies). The six tastes describe the flavors of different foods and their vital essence. For example, the sweet taste is staple for a satvik diet; it brings the soft, juicy qualities of earth and water and is equated to the experience of love. Sour and salty tastes bring regenerative qualities to our body and nourishes and grounds us. The lighter tastes—pungent, bitter, and astringent—purify, tone your tissues, and assist in the breakdown of fats and proteins. A well-rounded meal will incorporate both nourishing and purifying qualities.
Take a few breaths before eating a Satvik meal
When we sit down for a balanced Satvik meal, it’s also important to pause for a few breaths and eat mindfully. Notice the flavors of a dish and how it makes us feel. In time, slowing down to truly enjoy our food will become our second nature, and mealtimes will become touchstones in our busy lives.
Nutritious seeds are a must
Nuts, seeds and oils that have not been overly roasted or salted and eaten in smaller proportion are considered Satvik. Overnight soaked almonds, coconut, pine nuts, walnuts, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds are healthy and considered Satvik.
Fresh vegetables like beetroot, carrots, celery, cucumber, green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes are considered Satvik.
Satvik whole grains
Whole grains like rice, whole wheat, oatmeal and barley are satvik in nature .Sometimes grains are lightly roasted before cooking to remove some of their heavy qualities.
Probiotic dairy food
Fresh dairy foods like milk, butter, clarified butter(ghee), fresh home made cheese (paneer) and fresh yogurt especially lassi are all recommended. Organic tofu is also recommended.
Legumes like split moong dal, split peas, bean sprouts, aduki beans and lentils are considered satvik. The smaller the beans, the more easier it is to digest.
Herbs like Ashwagandha, gotu kola, jatamansi, tulsi and shankh pushpi are good for our health. Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb with multiple health benefits. It can reduce anxiety and stress, help fight depression, boost fertility and testosterone in men, and even boost brain function. Pegged as the “herb of longevity,” gotu kola is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and an Ayurvedic medicine. The medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health. Jatamansi acts as a brain tonic and helps to improve memory and brain functions by preventing cell damage due to its antioxidant property. It also calms down the brain and manages anxiety as well as insomnia. It also helps in preventing wrinkles due to its Snigdha (oily) nature. It also combats respiratory ailments. Tulsi relieves asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, cough, flu, sinus, sore throat, and similar ailments. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. It treats gastrointestinal disorders and arthritis. The powerful antioxidants and flavonoids present in it improve the memory capacity, focus, concentration, calmness and alertness. Shankh pushpi is a brain tonic and a stimulator. It improves memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities.
Fruits for a glowing skin
Strawberries, watermelon, kiwi, papaya, apple, blueberries, pineapple, cherries, pomegranate and bananas help glow our skin. For inner glow spirulina is excellent. For a glowing skin, drinking a green smoothie is excellent.
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