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How Foods Impacts Your Emotions

Wonder why men propose with chocolate instead of onions?

A bar of chocolate makes our body release serotonin, making us feel uplifted. Ayurveda and yoga describe the three mental states, as well as the diet that fosters them.

  1. Sattva is the Sanskrit word for balance, harmony, and light. The Satvic diet focuses on emotions like compassion, love, forgiveness, empathy. Sattvic foods are vegetarian and include fresh fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread, pulses, grains, sprouts, nuts, seeds, honey, herbs, milk and dairy products that are free of animal rennet. These meals will raise our consciousness and inspire us to take positive actions. Yogis become vegetarian for health reasons as well as the belief that "all living things are my self."
  2. Rajas refers to activity, movement, agitation, passion, sensuality, and emotion. A Rajasic diet contains spices or hot foods like onion, garlic, coffee, sugary drinks or chocolate. While these may give us a burst of energy at first , they eventually lead to low energy and increased stress . When we predominantly eat rajasic foods , it throws off the mind-body equilibrium and harms our digestion , leaving us restless and unhealthy.
  3. Tamas refers to inactivity, weariness, and sluggishness. According to Ayurveda, foods that are Tamasic are the most harmful because they cause mental and physical deterioration. Humans are said to be damaged in every way possible by a Tamasic diet. A Tamasic diet is characterized by dead animals such as beef, fish, poultry, eggs, moldy food (including stale), processed packaged food (preservative and additives), reheated food, alcohol, and cigarettes.These foods doesn’t just make us feel lethargic, but can also lead to health problems such as heart & liver diseases, and diabetes. We will feel unmotivated, be careless; unaware of ourselves and others when we consume them.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any lifestyle changes.

Source: Nishteswar, Karra. “Ayurvedic Concept of Food and Nutrition.” Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, vol. 6, no. 4, OMICS Publishing Group, 2016.

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