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The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

  • About
  • Yogic Basically vegetarian, natural foods. Yoga divides foods into 3 types. Sattvic, or pure, foods bring calm and serenity; they include cereals, wholewheat bread, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Rajasic, or stimulating, foods bring restlessness and discontent; they include spicy, bitter, sour, dry or salty foods, coffee, tea, fish, eggs and chocolate. Tamasic, or bad foods bring inertia, anger and greed; they include meat, alcohol, tobacco, onions, garlic, and all fermented foods.
  • Macrobiotic Grains and natural whole foods; includes some meats at the lowest levels. There are 10 levels in all, the purest and highest being just brown rice. Drink, drugs and tobacco are forbidden. Macrobiotics is a life philosophy based on complementing interdependent opposites, yin and yang. Yin foods are acid; yang foods are alkaline. Diet is thus seen as the main tool for achieving harmony with the world around us.