and a feeling of discomfort and heaviness after the consumption
of certain foods is a common occurrence in winter. The drop in temperature
makes it difficult to digest certain foods, specially dhal and pulses
- channa, rajma, moong and other beans. Also certain vegetables
like cauliflower, cabbage, potato, cucumber etc., may produce more
gas and distension in the abdomen during this season. Oily nonveg
food and deep fried food which takes a long period, 4-8 hours, to
digest may also create a problem at this time.
note this is a highly individualized condition. One dhal may cause
no such effect in one person while another person may have such
a severe problem that may even drive him/her to a hospital for help.
You need to identify what is not suiting you and avoid that food
for the next 4 months, November to February.
Eating a few
grains of roasted somph (big jeera) after a meal helps in digestion.
Elderly people may resort to drinking warm water through out the
day as even room temperature water gets quite cold. Also when water
comes to boil adding a teaspoon of jeera to it and boiling for a
couple of minutes and consuming the jeera water for these 4 months
may aid the digestion.
Dhals and pulses
are a very important part of the diet as they provide protein and
also many important vitamins and minerals. Therefore we would not
recommend that they be completely stopped but try to find out which
ones exactly, don’t suit you and use the others instead. Try
to avoid raw pulses or sprouts if they are troubling you. Cook dhals
and pulses with plenty of turmeric, jeera, garlic and asafetida
(hing) which are all helpful for better digestion.
may be occasionally substituted with egg whites 2-3 numbers instead
of ½ -1 Cup dhal. Cook whites by boiling or making an egg
white omlette or burgi. Also you may reduce the quantity of dhal
to ½ cup and have a cup of skimmed milk or curd along with
the meal to meet the protein requirement. Paneer made at home from
milk that has had all its cream (malai) removed thoroughly may also
substitute the dhal occasionally.
problem of winter is all the aches and pains of the joints. Heels
are most affected, knees and even back or hips may hurt. It can
happen to the fittest of us. Unless medically advised to stop, the
secret is to keep up a regular walking routine. Even if you slow
the pace and reduce the duration to 20 minutes, you must keep up
the habit of a regular walk as this improves circulation and will
relieve the pain. If you stop walking your weight will immediately
increase and the pain will increase. Also walking improves your
digestion and therefore it will relieve discomfort in the stomach
and abdomen too.