Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SATTVIC, RAJASIC AND TAMASIC FOODS


SATTVIC, RAJASIC AND TAMASIC FOODS

Ayurveda refers to the gunas to restore and maintain balance. They are the aspects present in
Nature. The gunas are sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva is equilibrium or balance, rajas is
activity, and tamas is inertia. The qualities we consume are reflected in our body and mind.

Sattvic foods


Sattvic foods are pure and balancing. They are fresh foods with little, if any processing.
Sattvic foods that are suitable for your constitution digest easily. Ideally one would eat foods
to balance their dosha, choosing primarily from sattvic foods. They provide strength, vitality,
and increased energy.
Adzuki beans
Almonds
Amaranth
Apples
Apricots
Artichokes
Arugula (small amounts)
Asparagus
Bananas
Barley
Basmati rice
Bean sprouts (all kinds)
Beets
Black beans
Blackberries
Black-eyed peas
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Dates (fresh)
Endive
Escarole
Fava beans
Figs (fresh or dried)
Filberts
Flowers (edible and sweet)
Fruit juices (fresh)
Ghee
Grapefruits
Grapes
Green beans
Honeydew melon
Jerusalem artichokes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lentils (black or tan)
Lettuce
Pineapple (sweet)
Pine nuts
Pinto beans
Plums (sweet or sour)
Pomegranates
Prunes
Pumpkins
Quinoa
Raisins
Raspberries
Rice
Rutabaga
Sesame seeds (hulled or
unhulled)
Soybeans Soymilk (fresh)
Spinach
Strawberries
Sugar cane (raw)
Buckwheat
Buttermilk (fresh)
Cabbage (red or green)
Cantaloupe
Carob
Carrots
Cashew nuts
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Cherries (sweet or sour)
Chestnuts
Chinese cabbage
Coconut
Cornmeal
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Lima beans (small
amounts)
Loganberries
Macadamia nuts
Mangoes
Maple syrup
Milk (fresh, raw, and pure)
Millet
Mother’s milk
Mung beans (whole)
Mung dhal (split)
Mustard greens
Oats (steel cut or berries)
Oranges (sweet)
Papayas
Parsnips
Peaches
Pecans
Summer squash
Sunflower seeds
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines (sweet)
Teff
Turnips
Walnuts (English or black)
Watercress
Watermelon
Wheat
Wild rice
Winter squash
Yacon
Yams
Yogurt (freshly made)
Zucchini

Rajasic foods

Rajasic foods are stimulating and can cause physical and mental stress. Eating rajasic foods
overexcites the body and mind and encourages circulatory and nervous system disorders.
These foods create imbalance in the mind, body, and spirit connection resulting in a restless,
overactive mind.

Aged cheeses
Avocado
Cottage cheese
Dried dates
Egg
Eggplant
Fermented food (all)
Bottled fruit juices
Garbanzo beans
Garlic
Guava
Ice cream
Kidney beans
Lime
Lemon
Red lentils
Molasses
Olives
Onions (all kinds)
Peanuts
Peanut oil
Pepper
Pickles
Potatoes
Pumpkin seeds
Radishes
Salt (all kinds)
Sour cream
Soy milk (commercial)
Sugar (all kinds)
Tomatoes
Vinegar
Yogurt (not freshly made)

Tamasic foods

Tamasic foods are impure, rotten, or dead and produce feelings of heaviness and lethargy.
Eating tamasic foods makes a person dull and lethargic, lacking motivation and purpose.

Alcohol Animal meat (beef,
chicken, fish, fowl, goat,
lamb, pork, rabbit
shellfish, turkey, venison)
Fried foods
Frozen foods
Leeks
Leftovers
Margarine
Microwaved food
Food with preservatives
Mushrooms (all kinds)






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