Eating for Inner Peace

At the heart of Ayurveda’s teachings is that of right digestion. ‘Right’ being a sign post that guides us towards foods and dietary practices that are right for the individual. When we think of an Ayurvedic diet many go straight towards the classic food list that helps to support and sustain a healthy and balanced mind/body type, but one list that is just as important is the Sattvic Food list.

Sattvic foods are rich in Prana, or life force, and therefore not only nourish on a physical cellular level but also energetically. Sattvic foods are largely plant based with the exception of whole Milk from happy cows and ghee so no matter your food choices Sattvic foods blend in easily with your established diet.

Photo: Monika Grabkowska

Photo: Monika Grabkowska

Sattvic Foods You can Incorporate Daily

  • Ghee (clarified butter)

  • Basmati Rice

  • Sprouted Whole Grains

  • Honey (raw and unheated)

  • Fresh, Juicy Fruits (Figs, Pomegranates, Berries)

  • Dark, Leafy Greens (Kale, Arugula, Collards)

  • Sesame Oil

This is a short list of Sattvic foods to get you started in incorporating more of these harmonizing foods into your diet. I have personally found in my own day-to-day and meal planning this short list serves me well for planning the use of at least one (usually multiple!) Sattvic item per meal.

You will find over time that the true joy of these foods is that as they nurture your digestive system they also calm the body and mind. Those who regularly use Sattvic foods find that have more inner peace, ease, and joyfulness in their day. In my own practice, and in working with clients, this is one of the simplest ways to begin moving toward a more harmonious lifestyle that encourages a nourishing diet and can work as the perfect stepping stone to embracing a fully integrated Ayurvedic meal plan.