A sattvic diet generally consists of:
- fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
- whole grains and nuts
- dairy products such as milk and ghee
- beans and lentils
- plant-based oils
- mildly sweet foods (natural, unrefined sugars), honey, molasses
- spices such as cinnamon, basil, coriander, ginger and turmeric
Diet is an important part of yoga.
“Brahmchari mitahari tyagi yogprayanah
Abdadurdhavam bhavet sidhau natra karya vicharna”
(Hathapradipika – 1/57)
A person who is a devout practitioner of yoga, practices continence, Yogic diet (Mitahara) and renunciation attains success in one year or little more; there is no scope of doubt in this statement.
“Yuktaahaarviharasya yuktachestasya karmasu
Yuktaswapnavbodhasya yogo bhavatidukhah”
(Srimad Bhagvad Gita- 6/17)
He whose food and enjoyment are balanced, whose movements in actions are balanced, whose sleeping and waking is balanced, his yoga becomes eliminator of sorrows.