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Gandhigiri on your plate

Mahatma Gandhi's diet was restricted to satvik food. Nutritionist Naini Setalwad gives an insight into the virtues of the food.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2007 14:11 IST

Gandhi's diet was restricted to satvik food. Nutritionist Naini Setalwad on the virtues of the food

Mahatma Gandhi believed that your thought processes are influenced by what you eat.
India is the land of spiritualism. And the whole process of what we eat assimilate and eliminate is a manifestation of our genetic and spiritual blue print.

One of the greatest goals is to design a proper diet for ourselves which makes us feel good in each and every moment of our lives.

The Bible, Koran, Geeta, the ancient scriptures of Buddhism and Jainism advocate eating food, which is pure to light the lamp of wisdom and to increase longevity .

Satvik diet consists of foods that enable us to think positively calm the mind and help in , energising the mind, body and soul. We live in an era of fast foods, which are highly processed, full of artificial colours, chemicals and preservatives.

The real thing
Satvik food is light and full of prana, the ethereal life force that pervades the universe. The logic behind satvik food is ‘You are what you eat.' Therefore if you wish to become healthier you should eat the healthiest of food.

Satvik food consists primarily of foods that are free of chemicals pesticides, artificial colouring, highly processed and overcooked. <b1>

Or foods that are close to their natural state. Fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouts, pulses, whole grains, dairy products are considered satvik.

Fruits: bananas, mangoes, lemons, oranges, tomatoes, papayas, berries, melons, peaches, figs, grapes, apples and pomegranates.

Dry fruits: dates, apricots, figs, and raisins. Nuts: almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, pistachios, groundnut and coconut.

Seeds: flax, sunflower, pumpkin, melon, sesame and hemp seeds. Vegetables: all leafy vegetables, cabbage, pumpkin, cauliflower, cucumbers, whitegourd and beans.

Roots: sweet potato, yam, carrot and beet root.

Pulses:moong sprouts. Cereals: barley amaranth, unpolished rice, millet (bajra, jowar nachni) and wheat.

Condiments and spices: Natural salts (rock and sea), turmeric, ginger, cumin (jeera) coriander and basil (tulsi). Sweeteners: jaggery, sugarcane.

Fats:ghee, cold pressed oil like groundnut, sesame, coconut and olive.

Eating right
Satvik food advocates food cooked on a slow flame, offering first to the Almighty, thanking the source from where it is procured the person who has cooked it and serv ing it.

Satvik food should be eaten in calm and peaceful surroundings. The food and mineral work wonders for the inner tissues, making it healthy internally as well as externally .

It's very scientific approach externally manifests in healthy hair, nail skins. Internally it helps to create new life forces in a calm clear mind enabling us to use all our physical and mental abilities to the highest degree.