The goal of a yogic diet is to have a healthy body in order to be able to clear the mind and focus on meditation and in that way get closer to the Source. To allow the mind to be balanced, clear and calm, a diet of Sattvic foods is advised. These are foods that grow high above the ground, preferably close to the sun. Most fruit like oranges, apples and bananas fall in this category, but less obvious foods are coconut, tomatoes, beans and pulses, most nuts and eggplant as well as rice and grain. A diet, or fast, solemnly based on Sattvic foods is ideal for yogis in retreat, focussed only on meditation.
In daily life, though, it is not always possible to have your head in a meditative state while coping with house chores, work, colleagues, finances, family matters and other daily practicalities. Introducing Rajasic foods into the diet, allows for a good balance between both a yogic and a practical life. Especially when physical work is part of your daily routine, you will need some Rajasic foods for physical strength. These are foods that grow low to the ground or under the ground, like carrots, potatoes, cabbages, radishes etc.
There is a third category in the yogic diet, called Tamasic foods. These are regressive foods, or foods that harm the body and stand in the way to a balanced, healthy and calm body and mind. It should go without saying that this category of foods should be avoided. Tamasic foods include meat, fish, eggs, alcohol and (although not really a food) drugs and cigarets.
Choosing a variety of ingredients from the Sattvic and Rajasic food categories on a daily basis is a good way to a healthy, balanced body and that will lead to a clear, calm and balanced mind.
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