Eat Satvik Foods
As per Ayurveda, there are three kinds of states that are fuelled by three kinds of foods:
Sattva: This is the highest guna, representing balance and harmony. Consider it the best state!
Rajas: This guna represents activity and movement. Over-indulgence leads to a stage of hyperactivity.
Tamas: This is the base guna. It's associated with pessimism, weakness, and negativity.
Satvik food generates satvik vibrations and Sattva component attracts what is known as the Chaitanya-shakti. A Sattvic person is always in a mental state of calm, clarity and harmony. The person is such that external ups and downs don’t affect him or her much. They have a strong focus, concentration and have a creative bent. They do not obsess with problems but look, boldly, for solutions.
As per Garbh Sanskar, Satvik food builds the above qualities in the foetus.
Pungent and oily food falls in the tamasik category; whereas, sour, salty or astringent food falls in the rajasik category.
A few tips for a Satvik diet in the first trimester:
- Have soaked raisins. Also, have almonds and pistachios.
- Expose yourself to direct sunlight for at least 15 minutes to get sufficient vitamin D
- Eat breakfast accompanied by porridges, cereals, boiled eggs, and dry nuts, especially almonds. Make it a point to include milk.
- Start the lunch with a salad made of fresh vegetables. Carrots, tomatoes, and green vegetables are a good option as they are a high source of vitamins.
- Followed by wheat bread (chapatti), rice, cooked vegetables (sabzi), and pulses.
- Have Vitamin C rich fruits like Gooseberries (Amla), Guava and Oranges.
- Add green leafy vegetables and other vegetables to your daily diet, either as cooked veggies or kneaded into roti atta/mixed with dosa dough.
- Ghee is considered to be nourishing, unctuous and soft. It softens and strengthens the internal organs, increases Buddhi (Intelligence) and Smriti (memory). It also boosts immunity.
- Have cow's milk and curd and butter made from it.
- Satvik vegetables are Brinjals, Potatoes, Cabbages, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Cauliflower, Lady fingers.
- For your carbohydrate needs, you can have wheat, red rice, unpolished rice, and barley.
- For protein, pack in green gram, Bengal gram, moong, peanuts, Cereals.