What Does a Saatvik Diet do for us?
Food is a dynamic force which interacts with the human on the physical body level, the mind emotional level, and also the energetic and spiritual level. The study of nutrition is the study of the interaction with and assimilation of the dynamic forces of food by the dynamic forces of our total being
In Ayurveda the emphasize is on a Sattvik diet for healthy living, particularly for keeping our minds clear, happy and at peace. The original Sattvik diet was devised for the development of higher consciousness.
Sattvik foods are foods that are abundant in Prana- the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. a Sattvik 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. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvik quality.
The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered Sattvik were quite simple: foods were grown organically on good rich fertile soil; foods were to be of attractive appearance, and be harvested at the correct time of year. Foods should be whole foods full of life-force and enzymes and be as close as possible as they are in their natural fresh state.
Today, we need to add to these criteria for Sattva several other modern concerns. Sattvik foods should be grown without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, irradiation or anything unnatural. Modern use of refinement processes and chemical additives, besides actually adding substances to our foods, depletes foods of their Prana ‘life-force’ and hence renders them heavy, impotent and lifeless.
Sattvik foods are nutritive vegetarian foods like organic nuts, seeds, whole grains and oily fruits and vegetables that help build the brain tissue and develop Ojas.
Ancient Rishis have said you take on the karma of the animal you eat
When you eat meat you are ingesting all the stress hormones released when that animal was killed. The hormones released at death are present in the flesh when you eat it. At a cellular level, your body is getting the message that you are dying.
One goal and effect of Ayurveda and following a spiritual path is to raise our vibrational levels .Meat has a very low vibration. On a continuum of lower vibrations, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, and finally pork have increasingly lower vibrations and their energy is very dark, dense and congested. Through the centuries it has been observed that vegetarians have a more refined etheric body and brighter aura. A vegetarian whose etheric body is brighter and healthier will generally heal at much faster rate than those who are not vegetarian.
Mind balance in Ayurveda means modifying the mind from Tamasic (cannot-do) or Rajasic (can-do)to Sattvik state. Choosing those foods and activities that are Sattvik in nature in preference to those that are Rajasic or Tamasic does that. With consistent and dedicated attention to diet, environment and sensory experiences, total mind balance can be achieved.
It often takes discipline and effort to become Sattvik, but the peace of mind, health, strength and immunity that is obtained from this state of mind makes it worthwhile.
Health benefits of sattvik diet are immense. According to Ayurveda, this is the best diet for physical strength, good mind, good health and longevity. It also eliminates fatigue and enhances peace and tranquility. This kind of food is easily digested and can strengthen the stomach, intestine, liver and pancreas. If you are susceptible to diseases such as high BP and diabetes then adopting a sattvik diet can be the best option for you.
Besides, sattvik food can improve the health of your skin and quality of your hair.