The Sattvic diet is a diet based on foods with the sattva quality (guna).In Yoga and Ayurveda literature, the Sattvic diet is said to restore and maintain a sattvic or sentient state of living.In the Sattvic system of dietary classification, foods and drinks that have inertial influence on the mind or body by inducing weight gain and sleepiness are considered Tamasic (heavy), while those that over-stimulate and lead to fatigue, restlessness and attention problems are considered Rajasic.
The Sattvic diet is meant to be “pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise”.
The Sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods such as fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins. Some Sattvic diet suggestions, such as its relative emphasis on dairy products, are controversial.
The diet is sometimes referred to as Yogic diet in modern literature. In the ancient and medieval era Yoga literature, the diet concept discussed is Mitahara, which means “moderation in eating”.