Negative and Positive Pranic Food

positive pranic food

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, sleepy… you name it… Quite a powerful thing a portion of food is! And you are in charge of it.

Let me ask you a question. 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”?

Similarly, 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

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.

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 👆🏻highlighting 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  👇🏻


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 40°C (104°F)).

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. 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 video👆🏻, I’m exploring why, according to Ayurveda, garlic and onions should be avoided, and the reason onions and garlic are used as powerful medicines. I wrote this article 👇🏻to 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. I’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 🌱,
❤ Love, Julia

42 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 🙂 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 🙂

    • 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.

  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! I’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. 🙏

  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 🙏 It makes me very happy knowing that this content is helpful. I really appreciate you stopping by and dropping me a line. 😊🌱🌺

      • 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 🙏

  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 guilty🤪?

    • 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 don’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 don’t miss garlic or onion at all. And now if I eat somewhere in a restaurant or maybe at someone’s house I don’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 I’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 🙏🏻

  14. Anita Krishan says:

    Hi Julia! Thank you so much for this offering. It’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 🙏 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. 🙏🏻🌱🌺

      Please check out this article on different ways of substituting garlic and onion 🙏


    • 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. 🙏

  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 ❤️

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