Daily food choices are essential to support energy levels and ways of being. There are three groups of food – Positive Pranic, Neutral Pranic, and Negative Pranic. Positive Pranic food ignites life energy within. Neutral Pranic food doesn’t do much, really, other than making you lethargic. Negative Pranic food takes away your life energy away.

Food is a basic physical need that all living creatures have. Food is fuel and building material for our bodies. The kind of food we eat plays a significant role in the way our body looks and functions. Food can make us happy, energetic, sluggish, satisfied, jittery, sleepyโ€ฆ you name itโ€ฆ Quite a powerful thing a portion of food is! And you are in charge of it.

What do you do when your car runs out of gas? You go to a gas station and fuel it, right? Immediately after, you are confidently driving out, ready to take on a trip. Would it make sense if right after fueling, a car has to stay put for a couple of hours because it went into a “gas coma”?

In the same way, after fueling our bodies, we should be able to take on the day with vigor and joy, right? Isn’t that what we all are striving for? Instead, many of us descend into a “food coma.” And then we need coffee, tea, and other stimulants to pick ourselves up and go on with the day. Sadly, a lot of people take it as a fact of life and an inevitable state of being.

Fuel Your Life Right

Daily food choices are essential to support energy levels and ways of being. There are three groups of food – Positive Pranic, Neutral Pranic, and Negative Pranic.

  1. Positive Pranic food ignites life energy within.
  2. Neutral Pranic food doesn’t do much, really, other than making you lethargic.
  3. Negative Pranic food takes away your life energy away.

Pranic Food List

Positive Pranic

Winter melon (Ash Goard)
Nuts and seeds
Raw and dried fruits
Ripe vegetables
Sprouted green grams
Whole grains
Legumes (peas, beans, lentils, etc.)
Cereals (rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, oats, teff, spelt etc.)

Neutral Pranic


Negative Pranic

Asafoetida (Hing)
Chili peppers
Poppy seeds
Cacao (cocoa)

other stimulants and intoxicants

Positive Pranic

Positive Pranic food ignites life energy within.  


This food group includes pretty much most of the vegetables (except potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, onion, eggplant).  

Fruits and berries

All the fruits and berries (fresh and dry varieties) are considered to be highly pranic.

Bursting with prana (vital life energy), Ash Gourd is known to be the most naturally energizing food that provides sustainable energy while cooling your body and calming your mind. It makes it a perfect day starter food. You can find Ash Gourd locally in Indian and Asian markets.

Whole grains 

Whole grains like rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, oats, teff, spelt, etc. provide exceptional nourishment. It is advised for all grains to be soaked or sprouted prior to cooking and recommended to be consumed within 3 hours after cooking (if possible). 

Whole grains - rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, oats, spelt


This category includes mung beans, lentils, yellow split peas, chickpeas, beans, organic tofu, etc. Just like grains, they should be soaked or sprouted before cooking. When legumes are combined with whole grains, they can be offered as a complete protein source.

legumes: mung beans, lentils, yellow split peas, chickpeas, beans

Nuts, seeds, and oils

Raw nuts and seeds are preferred. They can be used in smaller amounts if slightly roasted. It is better for digestion if you can soak nuts and seeds before consumption. The most popular varieties are peanuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconuts, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Almonds must be soaked for at least 8 hours and then skinned before eating them. The brown color almond peel contains tannin acid, which is an enzyme inhibitor.  

As to oils, all of them have to be high quality and cold-pressed. Red palm oil is considered to be highly pranic. Most oils should be consumed raw, but some of them like ghee, sesame oil, palm oil, and coconut oil you can use in cooking with heat. 

nuts, seeds, and oils
nuts, seeds, and oils

It is not just what we eat that is essential, but what our body is able to digest. We can eat good food, but without proper preparatory steps, unknowingly, we can invite an array of digestive issues.

WHY and HOW to SOAK beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains + Phytic acid and soaking time tips

I put this short video together ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปhighlighting the health benefits of soaking beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains.  In addition, I’m showing how to soak them in order to receive the most benefits; and at the end of the video, there is a soaking timetable for different nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains.

You can check out this article as well to learn more  ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป


It’s best to use raw and unfiltered honey, jaggery, and dates. You should never cook honey or place it in boiling water. It should be consumed cold or mixed with warm water (no higher than 40ยฐC (104ยฐF)).

Neutral Pranic

Neutral Pranic foods list is tiny. It consists of tomatoes and potatoes. This food doesn’t do much, really, other than make you lethargic and you sleep more. Personally, I eat it seldom at dinner time. But if you have joints problems or swelling in your legs it’s better to avoid neutral pranic food group.

Negative Pranic

Negative Pranic food takes away your life energy.  It’s diminishing our ability to perceive and dulls our neves system.

This food group contains stimulants and sedative foods.

Nervous Stimulants like coffee, tea, processed sugars, induce mental restlessness and destroy stamina in the long run. 

Sedative foods are meats, fish, eggs, onions, hot peppers, garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, alcohol, eggplant, poppy seeds, mushrooms. According to Yogic culture, they are harmful to either mind or body. Harmful to the mind means that the substance leads to the duller, less refined states of consciousness. Harmful to the body means that it will cause detrimental stress to any physical organ, directly or indirectly (via any physical imbalance).

Disadvantages of Onion and Garlic

In this video๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป, Iโ€™m exploring why, according to Ayurveda, garlic and onions are not suited for daily consumption, and the reason onions and garlic are used as powerful medicines. I wrote this article ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿปto show all the good points and disadvantages of onion and garlic. You will also see why you should never give garlic and onion to your pets or other animals. Iโ€™m sharing my experiences of garlic and onion side effects and how they affect my meditation and emotions and why my energy drops after eating onions and garlic from an Ayurvedic perspective.

Positive Pranic Fundamentals

Positive pranic food is nourishing, easily digestible, flavourful, and contains only ingredients beneficial for health. The methods of food preparation, as well as the emotional and mental state of a person making it, holds the same importance as the ingredients. For me, cooking was never a chore, rather an opportunity for a beautiful offering, a creative outlet, an expression of love and appreciation. 

vegetarian dinner

Lastly, the most essential part of the meal is in the way you consume it. The way you receive your meal, how conscious you are, the level of your appreciation in a lot of ways will determine the way digestion happens in this miraculous body of yours. 

Above all, we should enjoy the food we eat without being paranoid about the calorie count or the number of carbs, fats, or whatever the latest dietary fad is. A healthy relationship with food is essential, so enjoy it fully without hesitation. The harm of stress during eating is far more damaging to your system than any ingredient ever could be. 

How about you?

What is your relationship with food? Have you noticed how certain foods affect you? Or just let me know if this article was helpful to you. Let me know in the comments below.

Be Alive ๐ŸŒฑ,
โค Love, Julia

63 thoughts on “Negative and Positive Pranic Food

  1. Rob says:

    Thanks very much for sharing. I have seen several articles online and feel like they share the same source as lists are very similar. I was wondering, what’s the verdict on bread?

  2. Julia Delaney says:

    In my view, it depends on the bread’s ingredients. It is possible to find bread with wholesome ingredients that will be positively pranic ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know a lot of meditators and yogis that are absolutely fine with consuming bread and feel great after eating it. But in my experience, bread makes me a little tired.

    In some schools of the Sattvic diet, yeast is considered to be negative pranic. For me, It was almost impossible to find commercially made bread with no bakers yeast. Surprisingly, even flat brads have yeast.

    I try to avoid commercially made bread; I prefer making easy flatbreads (2 ingredients only), dosas, parathas. They satisfy my bread cravings completely. Nowadays, some wholesome crackers are available as well. I plan on posting some easy recipes of bread with only a few ingredients pretty soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hitesh says:

      Surprised to see Dosas and Parantha mentioned for eating outside India. By the way, loved your article. It is just what you need: precise and informative. Thank you.

    • Schรคffer Laura says:

      Try making the yeast in the traditional way, wholegrain flour, and water, in ten days your own sourdough is ready. I make the bread my own. The bread in the shop is usually added with soda and sugar to make the yeast work faster and the dough fluffy. If you bake the bread at home as I do, the bread will be heavier, it never ever gets moldy, and well you will eat way less because it is soo filling. The bread made with dried or refrigerated yeast takes 3 hours to finish while the bread made with sourdough takes an entire day, usually, I start early in the afternoon and it goes to the oven early in the morning at 5. It almost looks the same but the taste is very different. Since I started making my own, nobody wants to eat anything else.

  3. Robert Hughes says:

    Thanks for your detailed response. I’m a big bread fan but I always feel a bit guilty about it; I’ll pay attention to how I feel and try cutting it for a while. Have a great day!

  4. Maria says:

    Thank you for the insightful and detailed information! I know how some foods impact your wellbeing in all aspects. Your information is one that reaffirmed that ! Your detailed information with the list of positive and negatives food is very helpful! Iโ€™m looking forward to read some more of the insightfully information as well as some recipes! Thank you again !

  5. Leuana says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information in an easy to follow outlined manner with attractive visuals. It inspired me to look for an app I could keep on my phone when shopping and cooking that identities positive, neutral and negative panic food, but I have not found one. I checked Google Play, Samsung Galaxy Store and Apple Store. I have one for my blood type, based on Eat Right For Your Blood Type and I find it helpful. I would if you can use your knowledge and develop an app like that. It would be beneficial. Perhaps even include recipes (or that could be a separate app.) Just a suggestion. Best wishes.

  6. Pulkit Bothra says:

    Hi Julia.. how does a food type get classified into positive, neutral or negative Pranic food type.. what is the basic constituent which distinguishes the food into these three types..

    • Julia Delaney says:

      This type of classification is based on ancient Yogic science, also known as a Sattvic (Yogic) diet. ๐Ÿ™

  7. Satish says:

    Hi Julia , I loved ur post on pranic foods, thank you for detailing the list of positive pranic foods which obviously we need to include into our diet and I surely will..
    Thank you so much and god bless you

    • Julia Delaney says:

      Thank you for your kind words ๐Ÿ™ It makes me very happy knowing that this content is helpful. I really appreciate you stopping by and dropping me a line. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ

      • Angelos Ikonomou says:

        Hello Julia,thanks you so much for sharing your experiences!!! I would like to ask, what kind of pranic energy has milk products like yogurt and cheese ??

  8. Vijay Krishna Bojja says:

    Hi Julia, Appreciate your efforts in putting together these details. Awesome!! Thanks and God bless ๐Ÿ™

  9. Ken says:

    Thanks for this information.
    I’m very interested in knowing about ancient yogic sciences. Especially the ones related to:
    1. Combat and physical skills
    2. lifestyle and obtaining/manipulating prana within the body.
    3. Meditation for manifesting safety & security, as well as power. (I know most people use law of attraction for wealth, so I assume other things besides wealth can be attracted)

  10. Karim says:

    Hello Ms. Delaney
    can you describe what is the effect of positive foods on psychological disorders , tension or stress and there are an article about it?

  11. jayant says:

    A lot of negative pranic food do help as medicines .
    what is your opinion about it?
    i am confused..
    The other day i was feeling tired after a long drive, and was having a very minor flatulence.. i boiled two cloves of garlic popped it and i was just fine..

    Now my question is how often can we use these negative pranic food as medicine?
    secondly how can you suddenly stop eating something which you have been eating and liking for half of your life.. and bam you read an article and suddenly you got to basically stop it..
    and everytime u succumb to ur taste buds u endup bieng guilty๐Ÿคช?

    • Julia Delaney says:

      Yes you are absolutely right. Some of the foods that are considered to be negative pranic are strong medicines and should be used like it. So you take them as needed but not more than that.

      As to your second question I can say only from my experience. If you donโ€™t eat garlic and onion for 2 months and then you eat it you will notice a strong effect on you. For me it was very profound. It made me feel heavy and sluggish right away. So I donโ€™t miss garlic or onion at all. And now if I eat somewhere in a restaurant or maybe at someoneโ€™s house I donโ€™t beat myself up if I have garlic or onion but I definitely feel down and tired and it lasts for a couple of days.

      So even as a remedy I try to find alternatives to it. It is a great question though. I think Iโ€™ll write a whole article on it later.

      But for now you can check this one out. I hope it will answer some of your questions.


  12. anilkumar says:

    Hello All, you want to enter into the spiritual journey, one should have great control on nervous system and one should not eat negative pranic food. The word “Prana” means “life”. Negative pranic foods spikes nervous system and disturbs your mind and increase stress levels. You can’t meditate peacefully and attain calmness. Thus, one should avoid negative pranic food, if you want to step in spiritual awareness.
    If you want healthy life style and not going into spiritual journey, I want to clear one thing, you should eat what your body takes, not too accustomed to new things. Om Shanti.

  13. Ashutosh says:

    I do not eat any meat but sometimes i eat eggs ,wanted to know ,what pranic the egg is? Is it okay to eat it when we are practicing yoga?

    • Julia Delaney says:

      I’m not using eggs in my cooking because they are not considered to be positive pranic. You just pay attention to the way you feel after eating them and decide for yourself ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  14. Anita Krishan says:

    Hi Julia! Thank you so much for this offering. Itโ€™s a very useful article and full of great information. Could I ask what you may use as a substitute to onion? Would leeks also be considered the same as onions as I know they are part of the same family. I am on a spiritual journey and trying to re-evaluate my diet and make it much more clean and in line with a yogic mindset.

    Many thanks,

    • Julia Delaney says:

      Hi, Anita. thank you for watching ๐Ÿ™ Leek is a part of Allium family. The genus Allium contains onion, garlic, shallot, scallion, chive, and Chinese onion; so, you are right, they are all brothers and sisters and that makes leeks not satvik. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ

      Please check out this article on different ways of substituting garlic and onion ๐Ÿ™ https://positivepranic.com/garlic-and-onion-substitute/


    • Julia Delaney says:

      No it does not. It applies only to the tealeaf, and maybe herbs that contain caffeine or nervous stimulant, like Macha, for example. ๐Ÿ™

  15. Ade says:

    Omg, Julia! Do you have an alternative coffee shop? You sound like a professional alternative barista! You would do great with a restaurant โค๏ธ

  16. Shazia says:

    Great blog very insightful! I’ve noticed a lot of the food is vegan however what is the verdict on ghee, yogurt, milk, cheese or just dairy products in general? I know they have been consumed in India for thousands of years especially ghee. Are these considered pranic?

    • Julia Delaney says:

      Great question, Shazia!
      I’m sharing plant-based versions of the recipes because I don’t consume dairy products personally. So, I feel like I can’t share the recipes with things I’m not using.

      With this said, the Satvic diet is a lacto-vegetarian diet. It certainly allows for dairy products like ghee, home-made yogurt (curd), unaged cheese (paneer).

      If you have a spoonful of ghee (clarified butter) daily, a few minutes before a meal does wonders for the digestive system. If you eat ghee with sugar, it is digested and turns into fat. But ghee without sugar can cleanse, heal and lubricate the alimentary canal.

      When it comes to milk, only children below three years of age have the necessary enzymes to digest milk completely. Except in a few regions globally, milk is indigestible, mainly for a majority of adults worldwide. The undigested milk is mucus-forming and causes lethargy. Milk is also traditionally believed to be a good source of calcium. But there are several other good sources of calcium, notably whole grains.

      When I go to South India, I enjoy dairy products in moderation. And it feels great! My body loves it! (especially kulfi!!!). But here, in America, I can’t eat dairy at all. It is a different kind of milk (milk type – A1, not A2) used for making yogurts, cheeses, and other dairy products. In addition to that, because animals are poorly treated, stuffed with obscene amounts of antibiotics and hormones, dairy products’ quality is greatly affected. Research has linked the high hormones in milk, cheese, and other dairy products to cancer.

      Here is just one example: Research (1) found that women who consumed 1/4 to 1/3 cup of cow’s milk per day had a 30% increased chance for breast cancer. One cup per day increased the risk by 50%, and 2-3 cups were associated with an 80% increased chance of breast cancer. Regular consumption of dairy products has also been linked to other types of cancer, including prostate cancer. (2)

      So, this is another reason why as a cancer survivor, I’m avoiding dairy products.

      Traditionally, to be considered sattvic, milk has to come from a cow with a spacious outdoor environment, an abundance of pasture to feed on, water to drink, is treated with love and care, and is not pregnant. The milk should only be collected once the mother’s calf has its share. Dairy products like yogurt and cheese (paneer) must be made that day from fresh milk. Butter must be fresh daily as well and raw, but ghee can be aged forever and is great for cooking. Freshness is key with dairy. Milk should be freshly milked from a cow. Milk that is not consumed fresh can be refrigerated for one to two days in its raw state but must be brought to a boil before drinking and drunk while still hot/warm.

      Basically, none of the store-bought dairy products would comply with the Sattvic requirements listed above ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ , in my opinion.

      I hope I answered your question. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒบ

  17. Josh says:

    Ever since taking Inner Engineering I have transformed my diet to a positive pranic diet. A huge thanks to Sadhguru and Isha for introducing me to this super beneficial knowledge. My life has changed in so many ways, and my diet is a huge part of this transformation. ๐Ÿ™

  18. Conor O' Malley says:

    Great article … Well written, been looking for good article like this, good service to mankind on your part, Chapeau ๐ŸŽฉ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  19. noa says:

    Absolutely. I ate a gammon steak near the end of last year after I had cut out meat largely from my diet and I felt completely exhausted after eating it! I felt my whole body expending vast amounts of energy trying to digest it,

  20. Kirill says:


    Julia-san, thank you for sharing this) Very useful article for me.
    I have two questions.

    1. About mushrooms.
    I met on Isha blog one recipe with mushrooms (Beetroot and Cardamom Soup). The kind of mushrooms is not specified. And googling didnโ€™t help with more information from Sadhguru on mushrooms as food.
    I ate different of them raw and cooked and mostly I sensed some heaviness under the navel after eating them.
    What is your opinion on mushroomsโ€™ influence on prana?

    2. About chicory.
    I drank and feel more energy after about 5 minutes for about a half an hour. Also itโ€™s written it has no caffeine. And many good for health elements.
    What is your opinion on chicoryโ€™s influence on prana?

    • Julia Delaney says:

      Thank you, dear ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
      I try not to use any yeast in my cooking because all fungi are considered to be tamasic (Negative Pranic). A fungus is any member of the group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar – mushrooms.

      Mushrooms are not considered to be positive pranic (sattvic) due to their fungal nature. They are not recommended in the yogic diet.

      Personally, I seldomly eat mushrooms and I do use reishi mushrooms for medicinal purposes.

      I think chicory is a great coffee substitute. I talk more about it here ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป 7 best coffee alternatives that taste like coffee


      • Kirill says:

        Thank you for answers, Julia-san)
        There is great tool on top โ€“ search bar)
        Before asking I searched for mushrooms.
        And somehow did not for chicory)

        Also thank you for videos)

  21. Calvin says:

    Hi Julia
    I have not consumed onions or garlic raw for any long periods. However, I have eliminated rice and potatoes (starchy foods) from my diet which is in my experience is the main cause of lethargy and drowsiness. Yet, neither potatoes nor rice are considered negative pranic. Another confusing issue is that potatoes and tomatoes are indigenous to America how did an ancient science like Ayurveda accommodate and classify a non-indigenous tuber and fruit?

  22. Fit Yogi says:

    Really a good article. I would like to thank you for this useful article. How easily and clearly you have explained about Negative and Positive Pranic Food.
    Thanks again
    Have a great day!

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