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A Healthy Diet

Become Sattvic and positively Pranic

orangesIn Indian culture, the science of yoga, and Ayurveda (the Indian medical system); food is categorized as being Sattvic or positive pranic, Rajasic or neutral pranic, Tamasic or negative pranic, or a combination there of.

On a yogic level, the flow of prana is the flow of life energy throughout the body.  Positive pranic foods strengthen our life force and increase our sensitivity and responsiveness to life.  Negative pranic food weaken and desensitise us.

Sattvic foods are those foods that help restore and maintain harmony and balance in one’s body and mind.  The Sattvic diet is meant to be ‘pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise’.  Therefore a sattvic diet is lacto vegetarian or vegan with emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins.

These foods form the basis of a yogic diet for health, longevity and enlightenment.

Rajasic foods are those that have a neutral effect on the mind and body.  They are considered to be neither beneficial nor harmful. They include tomatoes and potatoes.

In yoga, these foods may be consumed occasionally in modest quantities and as in ayurveda, they are sometimes used medicinally.

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Tamasic foods are those that have a negative or sedative effect on the mind and body. In general, they are considered detrimental.  These include all caffeinated drinks, chilies, garlic and other members of the onion family including leeks and scallions, strong tasting foods like durian, and prepared foods more than four hours old.  Also included is Brinjal or eggplant which actually contains a small amount of poison. (Note that Bt brinjal; a genetically modified [transgenic] eggplant that contains a gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis is growing internationally.)

In yoga, these foods are negative pranic and best avoided as they desensitise body and mind. However, they may be used medicinally.

In yogic and ayurvedic systems of dietary classification, foods and drinks that have destructive influence on the mind or body are considered tamasic or negative pranic, while those that neither lead to better health nor are destructive are considered rajasic or neutral pranic.

*Coffee or tea are very powerful nervous stimulants and their constant will destroy the stamina, reduce energy storage ability and make the period of old age a bit difficult. Needless to say, all drugs and other nervous stimulants are negative pranic.

Emotional instability is very much depended on the food that we eat. If we avoid food with negative pranic substances, we’ll find that it becomes easy to attain emotional balance. The negative pranic affects only these seven to eight food items, the rest all being positive.

What easy changes can you make today which will help you boost your energy, and quicken your path to better health, create a more enjoyable old age and help achieve enlightenment?

1 comment to A Healthy Diet

  • Barny

    I used to be really sceptical and thought all this dietary stuff was nonsense, but I took some advice, reduced my meat intake, eliminated most processed foods and increased my vegetables. My body feels a lot better for this but the real problem I have is some compulsive desires to eat what I know is unhealthy therefore I’m trying to meditate and re-engineer my brain so it does what I want.

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