FOODS THAT CURE
Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.
-Hippocrates, 400 B.C.
A healthy diet can help your body heal from disease. Ayurvedic medicine divides foods into three categories: Sattvic (health), Tamasic (disease), and Rajasic (destruction). A Sattvic diet is necessary to balance our bodies and provide it with ideal fuel to remain healthy. Pure, Sattvic food needs to be chewed carefully and eaten in modest portions. Overeating is Tamasic. Avoid heavy spices and seasonings, too much salt and spice has a Rajasic effect. Eat a balance of the food described below. Fill half of your stomach with food, one quarter with air, and one quarter with water. Eat your meals when there is sunlight and avoid late night meals.
Examples of Sattvic Foods
FOODS THAT DESTROY
According to Ayurveda, Tamasic and Rajasic foods are foods that are harmful or stale to either mind or body when consumed. They are harmful to the mind by leading to a duller, less refined, state of consciousness. Tamasic and Rajasic food causes stress to organs directly or indirectly via any physical imbalance. It is recognized that some of these foods may be necessary in times of great distress.