In Ayurvedic and yogic literature, a sattvic diet or Saatvik diet is a diet based on foods containing quality (guna) sattva.
A Saatvik diet is meant to include "pure, basic, safe, vital, energy-containing, healthy, aware, real, truthful, wise" foods and eating habits. Most importantly, a Saatvik diet may also reflect Ahimsa, the practice of nonviolence, or not harming any living beings, which is one reason yogis also adopt a vegetarian diet.
A Saatvik diet is a diet that focuses on seasonal food, dairy products if the cow is fed and milked under the right conditions, seeds, nuts, oils, ripe vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and non-meat-dependent proteins.
In western literature, a Saatvik diet is often called a yogic diet. The term mentioned in ancient and medieval Yoga literature is Mitahara which means "moderation in feeding."
The Saatvik diet is rich in foods high in nutrients and poor in refined foods. It can offer many health benefits, for these reasons.
The Sattvic diet is focused on the consumption of balanced whole foods including vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts. Eating all these nutrient-dense foods will help promote good health by supplying the body with proteins, healthy fats, fibers, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are important to maintaining proper body function.
The risks of being diagnosed with chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and other cancers are generally observed to be low with the Saatvik diet.
The Saatvik diet is high in plant and fiber foods, which can aid in weight loss. Studies have shown that people who follow vegetarian dietary habits usually have lower indexes of body mass and less body fat than non-vegetarians.
A balanced Saatvik diet should include many foods, beans, and whole grains. High-quality dairy should be eaten in moderation according to most reports. Here is a 3-day Saatvik diet-approved menu;
The Sattvic diet is a vegetarian diet based on Ayurvedic principles, and popular among enthusiasts for yoga. All who follow a Sattvic dietary pattern should avoid rajasic or tamasic foods such as meat, milk, refined sugar, spicy foods, and fried foods. Even if the Sattvic diet contains many nutritious foods and can give some health benefits, it is extremely restrictive and not based on science. Alternatively, it might be safer for certain purposes to adopt a less restrictive, plant-centric diet.