Ayurveda being a holistic science guides us to eat sattvic food. Sattvic foods are the ones that are filled with Prana. Prana is the life force of nature. Foods rich with such life force are like fresh, organic, seasonal, and prepared with the happy feelings.
Nature’s Three Gunas (Qualities)
The three gunas (qualities) named- sattva, rajas, and tamas are the mental energies present in each one of us. Even the food we eat, herbs and plants everything is composed of these three energies. Sattva means purity, rajas means action, and tamas means darkness. Each guna has their own characteristics and action on the body. These gunas can be gained or reduced by diet and lifestyle habits. Sattva guna is considered as the best among the three of them. On the other hand, rajas and tamas are not the bad ones but they often get inclined to imbalance.
Sattva means pure. Most of the yogis achieve sattva guna by eating only sattvic food and leading sattvic lifestyle. One can achieve sattva guna by eating the foods with sattva guna. Sattvic food is the best category of food which keeps the mind & body healthy. It provides the calmness to mind and body. Eating a sattvic diet doesn’t mean limited to fruits and salads. Our body requires balanced nutrition for the proper functioning. Fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts are the few examples of sattvic food.
Rajas mean action and passion. This guna is responsible to accelerate the mind. They are low in Prana – life force so it is better to avoid them. Rajasic food is spicy, salty, dry and all type of canned and processed food items like fast food, tea, and coffee.
Tamas means darkness or inactive. This guna is responsible for its sluggish behavior. Tamasic food is all type of non-vegetarian, overcooked food, over processed food, heavy to digest, deep fried food, chemically treated, reserved & frozen food like french fries, non-veg, and frozen nuggets.