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7 things about satvic food you need to know

Jaisa ann vaisa mann is a very popular food philosophy in India. You are what you eat and a large part of your temperament and nature depends on the food you consume. Based on this, Ayurveda divides food into satvik, tamasic and rajasic food – basically the good, the bad and the ugly in the ayurvedic food world.
Satvik foods are healing foods that cause clarity of mind and the body. These are basically lacto vegetarian foods with emphasis on their freshness and being naturally sourced. A satvik diet balances out all the elements in our body, keeping you calm, positive and healthy.

We tell you 7 things about eating this kind of food that you ought to know.

Eat according to your Dosha – Every individual belongs to a particular dosha and should eat food that compliments it. Kapha types benefit from bitter and pungent food, people with a pitha dosha benefit from bitter, sweet and cooling foods and if your dosha is avatha type then it is salty, sour and heating foods for you.

Stay Positive – Satvic food promotes longevity, heath, purity, strength and cheerfulness. While preparing, serving and eating a satvik meal it is very important to have a good and positive frame of mind. Food is only as good as the amount of love put in to it.

Keep Healthy – Satvic foods are healing foods, food that keeps you alert and that give you clarity of mind and body. Eating the right kind of food for you body type helps to create a balance within the body. The ingredients are fresh and healthy ensuring you have an overall tough immune system.

Yoga to benefit – Yoga is peace for the mind, body and soul. Meditating and performing the asanas help to bring out the best in the satvik food you eat and vice versa.

It is really tasty – Yes satvic food is really tasty and the lack of too many spices and flavourings is exactly what makes it so good. It brings out the natural goodness from the ingredients. Also, a satvik meal requires to have all six flavours in a meal - sweet, salt, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent - making it perfectly balanced and definitely delicious.

No leftovers - A strict no-no when following a satvic diet is eating leftovers. Stale food attracts several microorganisms and bacteria. Satvic foods should be eaten within a couple of hours of its preparation to stick to the basic principle of fresh food. Also eating is proportion is very important – so cook just enough amount of food.

What to eat and what to avoid – Food that is lacto vegetarian - fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and milk products, pulses, grains, honey cereals and nuts are all eaten. Meats, onions garlic and other food that are derived from the destruction of a living being are avoided.

With these facts in place following a satvic diet seems more appealing. Most people think it would be very tough to restrict themselves to a satvic diet, which coudnt be far from the truth. These fabulous recipes on sanjeevkapoor.com will break any myths you may have.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.