Basic Effects: Tamasic
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON TAMASICTamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms.
SattvaSattvic foods promote one's attentiveness. They nourish the body without taxing the digestive tract. Examples of sattvic foods include ghee, milk, almonds, rice, dates and saffron. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness. Click here for sattvic food examples.
RajasRajasic foods stimulate movement and action. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Chili peppers, coffee, and cocaine stimulate movement. Click here for rajasic food examples.
TamasTamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms. Click here for tamasic food examples.
HELPFUL FOR*'Tamasic' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Mind Stress SleepEpilepsy
Weight LossFasting to lose weight
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Tamasic' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and CirculationBlood thick / Congested lymph, Feet or Ankles Swelling, Heaviness in heart area
LifestyleClean bathroom less than twice a month, Dirty clothes on floor, Home cluttered, House dark, House dusty, Lack of exercise, Mold in house, Often dirty dishes in sink, Old food in fridge, Sedentary Desk / Computer Job, Vacuum less than once a week
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Fatigue / tired, Less than 1 hr a week on spiritual life, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Weight LossAngry when someone eats my food, Ashamed of weight, Avoid social events due to appearance, Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image, Dissatisfied with appearance / shape, Distress when sweets unavailable, Eat when lonely / depressed, Emotional eating, Feel judged for my weight, Rebel against food limitations, Self-loathing, Spending all day in the kitchen, Trips to food stores daily, Uneasy when food unavailable
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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