Eating right

Food permeates many aspects of our lives, much beyond the basic need to survive. It is often a major feature in most of our social/religious gatherings and celebrations.

A healthy eating regimen involving nutritious food in right portions is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Of course, the kind of diet one needs, primarily depends upon one's age, lifestyle and specific health situation.

The sedative lifestyles of many of us in these modern times warrant special attention to healthy eating habits as it is what we eat controls the shape, size and overall health of our body. We all are aware of the various problems obesity brings with it. It is a good idea to keep a weighing machine in bathroom or somewhere at a spot which reminds one to weigh oneself periodically. This self-check itself will orient our instincts to control what we eat and how much we eat. Next time when you see those extra bulges on your body, just eat a little less and see what difference it makes. Off course, In addition to quantity, making adjustments to the kind of food we eat depending upon our specific health situation has a huge impact. We will talk more about it a little later.

It is important to guard against the habit of overeating. Ancient Indian healing system, Ayurveda, which is very effective in managing and curing many chronic ailments, recommends eating a tad less than one's full appetite. It also recommends periodic fasting. Fasting may include eating only once a day or restricting oneself to a fruit based diet during the fasting period. A major part of our physical as well as mental energy is spent in processing the food we consume and purging the toxins we consume as part of our diet out of the body. Periodic fasting helps free up the body in purging the already accumulated toxins and leads to better health and energy levels. People with specific health situations must consult their physician before going for a fasting regime.

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most healthy habits we need to develop. Urine color close to being colorless is an indication that we are drinking enough water. It might be a good idea to keep a water bottle by your desk and refill it whenever you get up. Having drinking water always in proximity will encourage you to drink more water. Staying hydrated helps in keeping high energy levels and hence helps improve overall quality of life. Water helps in flushing out the waste and toxins produced as a result of metabolic activities in the body. It also reduces the frequency of headaches and keeps away constipation. It aids in weight loss as it takes up some room and naturally prevents us from consuming food in excess, which our body can not use and accumulates as fats and toxins.

After having given thought to the size and portions in our diets, let's talk about the quality of food. The best quality food one can have is, home made food primarily prepared from fresh and whole plant based sources. Soaking vegetables and fruits for at least half an hour can wash off most of the pesticides. If one can afford eating organic food, it may be worth spending the extra money as food we eat is integral part of our health. Based on what we have read and learned, we have concluded that it is best to avoid genetically modified food (GMO) as it has not yet conclusively been proven to be safe for human consumption over the long term.

Eating food from raw sources close to their natural form and with no chemical processing should be our goal. Processed food is not a good choice as it often contains chemicals to enhance taste, appearance and texture, as well as preservatives to increase its shelf life. With the increasing health consciousness in the society, many brands claim that their packaged food is healthy, natural and without preservatives. One should educate oneself and pay close attention to the ingredients/nutritional value before buying packaged food.

With both spouses working in a family, preparing fresh food at homes becomes a challenge and hence a secondary priority. Many people start becoming dependent on food cooked outside of uncertain quality or on processed food to an extent that it starts impacting their health. This happens because we lose sense of priorities and forget why we earn. It is just a matter of realigning our priorities and not compromise on what we eat.

The goal is not to become paranoid about , or obsessed with what we eat and how much we eat, but use common sense to choose the right quantity, quality and variety of our food which is best for our heath. It is ok to occasionally indulge in culinary pleasures of life during celebrations, festivities and gatherings, but we will be able to do that only when we keep ourselves healthy in general.

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