Ok, we don’t normally tend to overeat fruits or veggies, do we? But quite often we mindlessly grab salty snacks and sweet candies just because they are hanging out (like at the office), regardless of hunger. Then as we’re all jacked up on sugar, we might get jittery, extra chatty, feel restless and lose our ability to think clearly. Then we get a sugar crash and we’re useless. Happened to you before? The reason why is because the qualities in these foods are very low, or tamasic. Tamasic foods cloud our wisdom, intellect, ability to make the right decisions, and destroys our resistance to disease. Unfortunately if we don’t pay attention, it’s easy to consume a lot of tamasic foods, which creates toxins in the mind-body-soul.
Remember sattva is purity, harmony and total balance. Rajas is turbulence, stimulus, and action. Tamas is dullness, heaviness, inertia, ignorance and decay.
If you are all caught up, below are samples of sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic foods and how each of these affects our mind-body balance. You should know, every book and online source lists these foods slightly different. I’ve just given the basics so that your awareness is present when making food decisions.
Rightey-o then. See below. If you would like a copy for yourself, download the chart.