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    Hello, I was wondering if I could have any help building a Sattvic diet? I looked at Wikipedia but some of the things on there I do not have and cannot make economically(such as Ghee). I would really enjoy this learning experience from other members of the forum.

    I think I will use this as a motivational tool for myself as well. If I get a good Sattvic diet I will "come out" to my parents as a vegan leaning vegetarian.



    Note: The Sattvic diet doesn't have to be Vegan. But vegetarian staples should be there.

    Note2: Please no copy pastes, I would prefer if someone who is experienced give me a good recommendation.

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    Sattvic Pizzas?

    Please forgive me.

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    Re: Build a Sattvic Diet

    Vannakkam TheOne: Without knowing what your diet is now, its difficult to say much. One fairly simple switch is to increase fruit intake. One thing I did when I was working was take 3 pieces of fruit in my lunch ... every day. Sometimes I got odd stares, but I just said, "I'm a fruit." Another thing I would recommend is recording your diet for a month or so, and then purchasing a book that details ingredients. Becoming vegetarian or sattvic means more than giving up on meat. Best wishes in a transition.

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    Re: Build a Sattvic Diet

    1. Use of a variety of legumes for meals, easily available from ethnic Indian grocery stores or from the 'Health Food' stores.
    2. Use of a variety of vegetables for meals - available from Oriental/Asian grocers - most can be sauteed in a pan with a dash of olive oil. Occasional use of taro roots requires cooking of each slice in a pan with a bit more oil OR cutting them into french fries style pieces and deep frying them; and cooking of lotus roots requires steaming/boiling with a small amount of water, with the pan lid covered to minimize the water used, so an not to lose the nutrients.
    3. Use raw veggies for snacks - red/yellow/orange bell peppers, celery etc., or a small mixed green salad, based on availability.
    4. Eating more fruits, or having home made smoothies - strawberries, blueberries, summer fruits etc. along with some non-fat plain yogurt/mango pulp, in a Magic Bullet (small blender).
    5. I even go for a quick cup of hot soup by thinning out V8 juice with water and microwaving it for 1.5 minutes.

    Once you start looking at the possibilities, you start improvising. The best recipes are the ones you come up with yourself, not what is 'traditional' to do. Hope this can get you started in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Believer View Post
    1. Use of a variety of legumes for meals, easily available from ethnic Indian grocery stores or from the 'Health Food' stores.
    2. Use of a variety of vegetables for meals - available from Oriental/Asian grocers - most can be sauteed in a pan with a dash of olive oil. Occasional use of taro roots requires cooking of each slice in a pan with a bit more oil, and cooking of lotus roots requires steaming/boiling with a small amount of water, with the pan lid covered to minimize the water used, so an not to lose the nutrients.
    3. Use raw veggies for snacks - red/yellow/orange bell peppers, celery etc., or a small mixed green salad, based on availability.
    4. Home made smoothies - strawberries, blueberries, summer fruits etc. along with some non-fat plain yogurt/mango pulp, in a Magic Bullet (small blender).
    5. I even go for a quick cup of hot soup by thinning out V8 juice with water and microwaving it for 1.5 minutes.

    Once you start looking at the possibilities, you start improvising. The best recipes are the ones you come up with yourself, not what is 'traditional' to do. Hope this can get you started in the right direction.
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    Do you eat like this everyday?

    You just made me realize how tamasic/rajasic my diet really is.


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    Vannakkam: Rice and Thang is fun. Use some kind of brown rice ... California short grain, Basmati, etc. Thang (a Jamaican mispronunciation of 'thing') refers to any mixture, but in this case just any vegetable. You just take what you have and saute it in not too much oil or steam from the veggies. It can be any mixture of any amount. (Use mostly those grown above ground) Then you can experiment worth a variety of spices, both eastern and western. Indian import stores are the greatest places. One thing though is sometimes you luck onto something delicious and then you can't remember what you did.

    Aum Namasivaya

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    Namaste TheOne

    I am not sure what exactly you are looking for, but here is a one-pot meal recipe:

    http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/sho...3&postcount=19
    Whole food sources can be found on this thread.

    Eliminating all rajasic tamasic elements from the food as much as possible: onions, garlic, mushrooms, (all non-vegetarian food of course) , if possible yeast, tea, coffee, chocolate, sodas, vinegar (and anything too sour), tree sap (dinka), chillies (anything too hot), too bitter or pungent - see BG verses chap 17.

    Watch for gelatin in processed foods and skip the cheeses, they have rennet. Paneer is OK, and Indian stores at least, have sliced cheese with plant rennet.

    Home made chapatis, tortilla, dosas (pancakes), rotis made of wheat, millet, corn, quinoa are good choices. Numerous eggless cake and bread recipes are available. Another quick energy food is cooked wheat bulgar for sweet breakfast (like oatmeal) or savory for lunch.

    I suppose you have looked thru' the vegetarianism folder here. If you need ideas for cooking veggies, there is the Sattvic AhAr thread. It is not yet complete - the lentil and sprouted legume recipes are pending. There is a thread on sweets too - laddoos cakes and halvas.

    Spiritual aspirants go even further to eliminate things like specific kinds of carrots, eggplant, radish etc. I can relate to this somewhat. There are days when i do not feel like eating anything with even a bit of spice, oil etc.

    After a while you will be reluctant to eat the rajasic kind of foods. Very heavy protein beans can also be rajasic.

    BG 17.8: Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one's existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart.

    BG 17.9: Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.

    BG 17.10: Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is dear to those in the mode of darkness.
    - the exception to the three hours rule is Bhagvad-prasAd and refrigeration.

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    Last edited by smaranam; 14 March 2011 at 03:34 PM.
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    Re: Build a Sattvic Diet

    Hari Om!

    IMHO and from my own experience, the simpler and more natural the food, the more energy it has, thus more satvik. This of course as others has mentioned includes a vegetarian diet.

    One of my favorites and quite easy to make is kichari. A variety of recipes for it can be found on the net, but for me the simpler the better. Natural just tastes better to me - something I've acquired over time.

    Always offering my food to Lord Shiva and accepting it as prasadam makes it taste so much better too!

    All the best to you in your quest!

    Om Namah Sivaya!

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    Re: Build a Sattvic Diet

    Any suggestions how to incorporate Flax seed/ Flax oil into a sattvic diet? What about Ghee? I know Ghee should be used in moderation but with what? What would you use ghee with(besides cooking)?

    This is my *rough list* you may notice I enjoy food.

    • Four or Five Fruits(Apple, Citrus Fruits, Banana)
    • Whole Wheat Bread(toasted, with ghee/butter)
    • Whole Grain Cereal / Oatmeal / Farina
    • Stir Fry Sattvic Vegetables in Flax Oil
    • Flax Seeds
    • Water
    • Yogurt
    • Milk
    • Tea?
    • Peanut Butter?
    • Cheese
    • Grape Jam
    I was wondering if any of these are not sattvic, and if so, to what degree? Are there any other products recommended to add?

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    Re: Build a Sattvic Diet

    I guess frying some samossas (or whatever preparation you prefer) in it it's enough. They taste great fried in ghee.

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