The foundation of modern holistic nutrition derives from the ancient principles and teachings of Ayurveda, the study of life. Ayurveda regards two main guiding principles, the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and the mind is the most powerful tool in healing and transformation. The study of Ayurveda provides the integral blueprint for modern holistic nutrition, and the concepts of conscious consumption.
WHAT IS A SATTVIC DIET?
Sattva is one of three Gunas identified in Ayurveda, the embodiment of goodness, positivity, truth, wholesomeness, serenity, creativity, balance, confidence, and peacefulness. In Ayurveda, sattva relates to the highly regarded sattvic diet, considered the purest diet for a consciously spiritual and healthy life. Sattvic foods nourish the body and help maintain a peaceful state of being. This diet is also optimal for the promotion of physical strength, a strong and pure mind, overall health, and longevity. Ultimately, the sattvic diet encourages authentic and sustainable wellness – a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced and reciprocal flow of energy.
A sattvic diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in Prana, or "life-force energy," like organic fruits and vegetables. The fundamental elements of the sattvic diet, mirror those of holistic nutrition with an emphasis on the conscious consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods and the omission of processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays.
Nature's Sattvic Foods
The ancient Ayurvedic criteria for foods to be considered sattvic are quite simple: foods should be grow organically on good rich fertile soil; foods should be harvested at the correct time of year. Ultimately, we should consume whole foods full of Prana and nutrients that exist in their most natural fresh state. Additionally, foods should ideally be prepared at home with love, to maintain the vibrational energy of the nutritional fare.
Apples, Kiwi, Prunes, Apricots, Tangerines, Bananas, Pomegranate, Cantaloupe, Mango, Papaya, Cherries, Melons, Nectarines, Cranberry, Honeydew, Oranges, Grapefruits, Watermelon, Pineapples, Grapes, Peaches, Plums, Guava & Pears
Artichokes, Eggplant, Lettuce, Beets, Mustard, Greens, Asparagus, Onions, Fennel, Bok Choy, Peas, Broccoli, Green Beans, Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Radishes, Cabbage, Shallots, Carrots, Celery, Spinach, Cauliflower, Chard, Sprouts, Corn, Squash, Shitake, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes & Yams
SPROUTED WHOLE GRAINS//
Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Millet, Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Brown Rice & Wild Rice (all naturally gluten-free grains)
Olive, Safflower, Sesame, Sunflower, Coconut
Coriander, Basil, Cumin, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Fennel seed, Parsley, Cardamom, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger
NUTS & SEEDS//
Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts
Seed milk, Hemp milk, Almond or other nut milk
Cane juice, Raw honey, Fruit Juices, Maple Syrup
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