We often wander from Google to YouTube and magazines in search of a diet plan, which is healthy, nutritious, and helps in weight loss. Whenever we hear something Ayurvedic, we Indians go like, ‘Ab To Moksh Prapti Ho Jayegi.' Well, not sure about that, but 'Swasth Prapti' is definitely going to happen.
Sattvic food is not only for weight loss but for health gain. It is made for the Indian body, as Ayurveda has always been an integral part of our life. We Indians have always had these best lifestyle practices for a long time. However, Due to the western influence, we have forgotten our roots and age-old practices. Now let us understand and learn more about what Sattvic food and meal plans are.
What is Sattvic Food?
The word Sattvic comes from the word ‘Satva’, which is one of the three yogic qualities. It means the balance of serenity. Similarly, Sattvic foods are those ingredients that fill your body with good vibes, that are pure, light and balances your body’s internal energy.
A simple sattvic diet regime has fantastic merits for enhanced immunity and mental wellness. Encompassing a variety of wholesome plant-based foods that are cooked in a simple manner by boiling/steaming, the sattvic diet guarantees that vast reserves of nutrition are retained in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs, as well as easy absorption of nutrients in the system. This ensures smooth digestion processes, provides energy and regulates metabolism, which bolsters disease resistance. By activating the immune system and lowering inflammation, the sattvic diet averts chronic ailments of diabetes, heart disease later on in life, besides combatting seasonal infections and illnesses such as cough, cold, flu.
Sattvic Food Ingredients:
The list of Sattvic foods that you might include in your diet are: - Vegetables: potatoes, spinach, carrots, celery, cauliflower, kelp, peas, lettuce, and so on. - Fruits: all seasonal fruits. - Grains: unpolished rice, millet, barley, quinoa, and so on. - Nuts & Seeds: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, pecans, and so on. - Dairy Products: Every dairy product. - Legumes and Beans: chickpeas, lentils, beans, mung beans. - Spices & Herbs: coriander, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek. - Sweeteners: honey & jaggery.
This completes up your sattvic list but also keep in mind, foods to be avoided, added sugars, fried foods, processed foods, refined grains, non-veg, onions, pickles, garlic, coffee, and alcohol.
Sattvic Diet Plan
Vegetarians have the upper hand here since they need to shift just a few things to follow this diet. The main problem is for our non-veg friends. Well, a piece of tip for our meat lovers would be to shift slowly. Adhering to a basic sattvic meal plan on a regular basis bestows wonderful incentives for mental health, including elevated brainpower, optimal nervous system functioning, improved memory, concentration and intellect. It also alleviates depression, anxiety, thereby uplifting mood and promoting positive thoughts and happiness.
Start with once a week program, and with time, increase the days. Here we have some healthy meal plans for you to follow: o Breakfast: Oats cooked with veggies, barley soup, oats with milk, honey almond and berries, sprouted quinoa porridge with almond milk, flax seeds and berries.
o Lunch: Chickpeas with a bowl of salad, tofu, lentils, and paneer cheese, quinoa salad with sweet potatoes, and bean sprouts, barley chapatis and vegetable curry.
o Dinner: Mung bean, tofu, unpolished rice, chickpeas and vegetable curry, barley chapatis.
Thus, these are a handful of options to start your diet. As you travel down the path, you will yourself discover what suits best for you, and could even search for new recipes, once you adapt to them. Benefits of Sattvic Diet
Sattvic diet has immense benefits to our body. To sum this wide array of benefits in a few lines is quite impossible. Though, here are some important ones:
o Boosts your Immunity
As this diet mainly is based on veggies, it greatly boosts your immunity. Consuming fresh veggies is always good for your health, as they are rich in antioxidants, minerals, dietary fibres, which boost your immunity. But that doesn’t mean roaming outside without a mask and care in the world.
o Promotes Weight Loss
Salads which comprise the majority of the meal, are widely known for their fat cutting abilities. This diet is low in fat and calories and yet keeps you fuller for longer. Since these meals keep you full, there would be no urge to open your chips packet which you are eating while reading this.
o Maintain Energy Flow in Mind & Body
Sattvic food is greatly known for controlling your energy and maintaining a balance of it so that you don’t feel angry or frustrated due to excess energy, and lethargic or sloth due to low energy. It also brings peace and happiness to your mind. Be prepared to be that cool spiritual guy, people admire.
o Improved Digestive System
As Sattvic food ensures only fresh ingredients, preserved and fast food are already out of the list, which are the major causes for the weak digestive system. Also, the rich vegetables and fruit ingredients contain a lot of fibre, which is good for your intestines and stomach.
o Detoxifies your Body
If you are suffering from bloating, headache, nausea, acne, rashes, and fatigue, then chances are your body is asking for a detox tour. And what is better than this diet to detox your body to the roots. A detox body is much more productive and creative than its toxified version. We must at least detoxify our body once every two to three weeks for our own good health.
Thus, we pack up our article from here. Hope we had been able to give you the idea of what the Sattvic diet looks like and how you can incorporate these items into your food list. However, there is one drawback this diet has, and it is the lack of protein sources.
“Consuming healthy food today is saving medical bills tomorrow”
So, we recommend you to follow this meal plan, three to four times a week and rest of the days, you can cut on the carbs and take in your proteins. You will still lose weight this way and stay healthy and strong.