Why are onion and garlic excluded from this diet?Garlic and onion and other vegetables from the same family are not included because as per Ayurveda, they induce aggravation, agitation, anxiety and aggression. Thus, they are harmful physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And also for the simple reason that they produce offensive breath and body odour. This fact is even recognized by the Chinese culture, which is as old as our civilization.
Why only seasonal produce is included in this diet?Though due to advanced technologies of food production, all the natural produce is available throughout the year, Saatvik diet recommends seasonal food for a simple reason.Fresh, locally harvested foods have their full, whole flavors intact, which they release to us when we eat them. Thus, the food is tasty and more nutritious rather than the produce, which has been put in cold storage and induced with chemical gases for preservation. Buying seasonal food would also be easy on your wallet.Everything we eat is food for the soul. And for our soul to be clean, virtuous and true, the food should also be sourced, prepared and consumed in the same manner. I would say that there is no better time to follow this regimen than the ongoing Vasanta Navrataras.The nine days of Navratri are considered to be very auspicious and also an opportunity to surrender in prayer and seek god with purity and grace. And this purity should reflect in our food also.