Sattvic Vegetables

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A friend asked me this question, “Is it a fad, or is there anything called sattvic vegetables?”

Thank you for asking this question. Like my #friend, I hope you will also read through the entire article to understand the deeper aspects of sattvic vegetables. It is essential to not only understand the short and long answer, but deeper understanding helps us stay anchored and committed in our #practice.

Anything that is a fad does not require too much #attention from you. For example, if you are wearing a #dress or a #style because your favorite movie star is wearing it, you will drop the style when the movie star drops it. When a new style becomes available, you will pick it up. You will invest no time and effort to educate yourself and make the choices. You will not ask #questions such as: Is this #right for me? What is the #affect of this choice on my life? Will I be able to reach my highest life goals with this choice?

It is the same with #food. There are so many fads about #diets. Some years ago, there was a #cookie diet. Then, there was the #cucumber diet. People also eat only uncooked food as a part of their diet. The underlying reason for trying something #new can be curiosity, the novelty factor, #recommendation by a trusted #friend, or for health reasons.

For whatever reason you have decided to try sattvic diet, it is important the know the #foundations of the system. Sattvic diet is only a part of the life-positive way of living that ensure continuous #conscious expansion, supporting the body to hold the energy explosion that happens with #enlightenment. Sattvic diet is prescribed in ancient Hindu spiritual texts and has been practiced for thousands of years without a break. Millions of people have tried the prescribed sattvic diet and contributed to it.

The following #grains and #lentils are normally used in a sattvic diet:

  • #Rice
  • #Wheat
  • #Salt
  • Jaggery
  • Garbanzo beans/ chickpeas
  • Horse gram
  • Moong dal or green gram
  • White beans
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Toor dal
  • Black gram

#Organic, pesticide-free, preferably locally grown, are the best vegetables to consume for sattvic diet. As far as possible, avoid buying vegetables that are wrapped or packaged in plastic or other artificial packaging materials. Wash and soak #vegetables in warm water for 5-10 minutes before cutting and using it.

The following vegetables must be excluded from regular sattvic diet—

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Shallot
  • Chives
  • Green chilies/ Jalapenos
  • Hot peppers
  • Mushroom
  • Yeast
  • Seaweed
  • Mature drumstick (it is ok to use tender leaves and tender drumstick)
  • Mature radish (ok to use tender radish roots)
  • Spinach
  • Under ripe fruits
  • Overripe fruits

In regular sattvic cooking, you also include rajasic ingredients (inciting body reactions) such as #tamarind and chilies. How can the #recipe stay sattvic when you add rajasic elements? You add rajasic items to flush out toxins from your system. The action of cleansing the body also supports conscious growth. Some rajasic elements, in certain combinations and by virtue of their response support conscious expansion. By #careful and thoughtful inclusion of the rajasic foods, the properties of the sattvic diet are boosted.

Read and understand more about the sacred foods to include in our diet every day as detailed in this blog post. Here are some tips for stocking your sattvic pantry. Read this blog post to understand why we need to have a sattvic lifestyle and diet

You are so used to hearing that you need to eat three meals a day. Sattvic diet tells you to do upavasa, abstaining from external input to connect deeply with cosmic energy. Learn more about upavasa in this blog post. The sattvic diet tells you to choose your #food and eating carefully. Read more about your food choices in this blog post. Finally, sattvic food is beneficial for all genders, all ages, and for people from all walks of life. Read this blog post about how to stay healthy and active with sattvic diet.

I hope this blog post has helped you understand more about #sattvicvegetables. Please write to me or leave a comment if you have other questions. Please #share and #subscribe to our newsletter and updates if you found this article useful. For sattvic recipes, please subscribe and visit our #youtube channel. Thank you and stay safe!

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