When you reach out to eat something – do you really know what the food has? Not just in terms of nutrients but also its quality. What if you eat the same dish immediately after it’s cooked and eight hours later?
According to Ayurveda, there is a close connection between the food we eat and our physical and mental well-being. This ancient science also suggests that food is classified into three types:Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. Each one has a specific effect on our mind and body.
Go Sattvic, get happy!
Intake of Sattvic food helps improve mental health and energy, thereby improving the state of your consciousness. It helps restore harmony and the balance of the body and mind. Having aSattvic diet on a regular basis can help in the formation and rebuilding of high-quality body tissues. In short, it’s great for you. Go sattvic.
Deep dive into sattva
A Sattvic diet simply means light and healthy food. It does not go to any extremes of taste – neither too sweet nor too salty or spicy – just moderate.
Plainly put, Sattvic food is that which purifies the body and calms the mind. A Sattvic diet consists of pure food (not processed), light in potency, and rich in Prana (life force) – that which energizes the body and mind.
Act with Rajas, yet…
Rajasic foods stimulate the body and mind into action. However, when taken in excess, such foods can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, anger, irritability, and sleeplessness. They also increase the level of toxins in the blood. Simply put, overly tasty food is Rajasic. So watch out for the spice levels.
Caution: Tamasic food ahead
Tamasic foods are those that dull the mind and bring inertia. An excess of tamasic foods can cause confusion and disorientation. Stale or reheated food, food that is too oily or heavy on the stomach, and artificial foods come under this category. Tamasic food can also increase the aggressive quality of Rajas towards violence.
Protip: Food eaten after eight hours of cooking becomes rajasic. And if it’s even longer, the food develops a tamasic quality. Eat freshly cooked food as much as you can, preferably within three hours and get sattva in!