Here are some of the foods you must, and must not include in your Yogic diet.
Foods To Include:
You can eat all kinds of vegetables, except for onions and garlics as they are categorized as being Tamasic (foods that are said to cause mental dullness).
Fruits are an important part of the diet, especially apples, mangoes, and papaya, since they are naturally sweet.
Whole grains like oats, wheat and unpolished rice are also Sattvic.
Plant-based oils such as sunflower, olive and sesame oil are permitted.
Nuts and seeds can be eaten, as long as they are not salted, or flavored with extra ingredients.
You can also include sweet spices like cinnamon, cardamom, mint and fennel, herbal teas, natural sweeteners like honey and raw sugar, cow’s milk, butter, and ghee.
Foods To Avoid:
Meat, poultry, fish and fertilized eggs are said to be Tamasic. Any product derived from animal fat, or by killing or hurting animals is avoidable.
Processed foods with additives and artificial flavoring are to be omitted.
You must also stay away from junk and fried food, refined and canned food, spicy food (since it agitates the mind), and genetically modified food. Doing so is considered part of a healthy diet, in any case.
Avoid stale or overcooked food.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, or any other kind of stimulant.
Avoid eating too quickly, or in a chaotic manner.
The Sattvic diet is recommended for people practicing yoga, or those who are on a spiritual path. By following this diet and making sure your experience with food imparts a sense of love and peace, you will improve your body, mind and spirit. Combine it with a healthy yoga routine and you will naturally be able to harness health and joy.