One of my newsletter subscribers asked me this question: “Why does sattvic diet avoid onion or garlic?”
Thank you for asking this question. I am answering this question in the blog because it might help other people also.
People often tell me, “We are vegetarians. So, we eat sattvic food.”
One common misunderstanding about sattvic diet is that any vegetarian food is sattvic food. The science and philosophy of sattvic diet is based on several inter-related practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, and to some extent, Jainism.
The main tenant is non-violence that affords equitable opportunities for all species to co-exist.
Sattvic diet has two parts the nature of the food itself and the way we consume the food. The food which is natural, clean, essential and vital for the body and supports the purity and blossoming of the consciousness is sattvic in nature. The sattvic diet supports the blossoming of the consciousness, while providing essential and vital nutrients to the body.
Several foods, we generally consider vegetarian, are not sattvic. For example, the use of onion, garlic and green chilies is avoided in sattvic diet. You can still eat them as medicine, but not as food. In case you are wondering the difference between the two, recall that when you eat anything as medicine, you control the dosage, route, and frequency of the use. You also stop taking the medication when you are well.
Onion, as medicine, regulates nervous system, joint pain and areas affected with sciatica. It has several other medicinal properties. However, when it is used regularly in cooking, it causes a ‘heaviness’ in people emotional and they become prone to agitation. These become ‘holes’ that lead to energy ‘leaks’ in our system. Just like you cannot fill a sieve with water, a body which is not strengthened by sattvic diet becomes unable to hold the energies and higher levels consciousness.
This video explains the importance of sattvic diet for experiencing the highest possibility in our life-
Here is a cheat sheet that lists of foods to be avoided for a sattvic diet—
You can still make a perfectly balanced, healthy and tasty meal with sattvic vegetables.
Unfortunately, most people have been raised to believe that meat is essential part of the diet. In this video, Mark Bittman explains what is wrong with what we eat:
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