Once we get our fundamental connection( refer earlier post on ‘connection’ of Feb 7,2011) right with the food that we are about to eat, lets get to know what we really should be eating. There seems to be a lot of talk these days on ” healthy ” food , but how many of us really know what is that? We hear of innumerable issues that people have with their health not to mention the issues they have with what their bodies look like. Almost all of us want a slimmer waist, shapely arms, no double chins and other dreamy ideas about our bodies. What’s that got to do with food? Everything.
Attitude towards food manifests in attitude towards our bodies as well. Let’s get this straight: we eat for health and shapely , dream bodies happen. If we eat for just our dream bodies, we lose our health. So, whats it gonna be?
Health– its the primary goal of nourishing our bodies with food. Our body will thank us by being in shape…..Now that brings a smile because we do like bonuses.
There is a lot that can be written on the technical knowhow of how fruits , vegetables and other foods work on our bodies, so I’ll skip that part for now and get straight to what is good.
In a nutshell, raw or semi cooked vegetables, fruits, dry fruits,whole grain – cereals/breads/pastas , brown rice, water, herbal teas, lentils/legumes, milk- these are great. Do not discriminate in fruits for eg. mangoes are better than pineapples, bananas are more fattening than apples etc.! Stay away from this but remember that variety is good. That means instead of having bananas every day at 11am and 5 pm you may like to sometimes have apples or grapes instead. The more variety, the better. You can also choose your variety from the colours available. If you have various colours on your plate for a full meal, you are on the right track. This tracking system is exceptionally useful while planning menus.
What to avoid? Before I get into that, please know that the foods that I am about to mention are not to be hated but to be avoided. If at all, you don’t have a choice-moderation is the answer but please remember: All food is God’s (or the Force of your choice’s) gift, do not treat it as an enemy. Therefore, certain people’s idea of ‘ dieting’ can be harmful not just to their body’s health but even their minds.
So, avoidable food – tea/coffee, alcohol, refined foods like refined flour/white rice/white breads/regular pastas, dressings on salads(yes, i had to mention this),salt, sugar, packaged foods like chips / other “kids” foods/candies and packets with more than 3 ingredients/hydrogenated oils/obvious synthetic ingredients( yes, that means you’ve got to start reading the ingredients list on the packets that you think is “food”), fried food(its tasty so please think about moderation because all it means is that its a healthy food with more calories than nutrition ).
I must mention that this is like a crash course in eating healthy which in all probability one already knows , but it’s never too late or much, to remind oneself again.
Usually, it takes about 3 months to figure this out if you go all out and take one food habit at a time , so please don’t beat yourself up in 5 days when you give in to a pasta and think” oh! I can never eat healthy!! “. In fact, I must mention here that its a good idea to sometimes indulge in your favourite but not so healthy foods( you all know what i am talking about) because eventually, Food should be savoured.
A tip: Try small portions to savour more………and take your time. Use your tongue fully and let your juices flow… and before your digressing minds start, let me stop.