Traditionally, yoga divides food into three major categories corresponding with the three qualities, or gunas of nature (Prakriti). The three gunas are: Tamas, Rajas and Sattwa. These three types of energy are present in food as well. Consequently, as we consume certain foods, they influence our personality in distinctive ways, making us either balanced or imbalanced.
Each of the types of food has a related state of consciousness:
Tamasic food promotes apathy and inactivity. This diet includes:
Rajasic food promotes agitation, excessive energy, and discontentment. This diet includes:
Sattvic food promotes health, vitality, strength, and tranquility. This diet includes: