refined and fast foods flood our markets, T.V screens and bodies,
the natural, the raw and the fiber seem to have disappeared. So
many parents come to me saying their children don't eat fruits and
salads and even vegetables. The question is do we eat them ourselves,
are they are part of our homes, our diets, our dining tables.
No, we are all
rushing around and busy and what's convenient, fast and tasty is
what is eaten. It's sure easier to eat a chocolate or ready desert
after dinner than wash and cut an apple or fruit. At the end of
a long working day, women are too tired to cut a salad. Rice or
pasta or call for a pizza, is easier than slogging in a kitchen
to make rotis.
I believe that
God planned that man should eat both cooked food and raw food, whole
fruits and salads, and natural foods like grains of wheat, ragi,
jowar, bajra, corn, oats and whole beans like channa , rajma, moong,
mote, lobia etc. These raw fruits and vegetables and unrefined grains
and beans are packed with vitamins and minerals which firstly help
us to keep well and fit and fight off the many infections which
want to attack our bodies. Adults and children regularly eating
the above fall ill less often. Secondly extra vitamins and minerals
help the body processes to function more efficiently and smoothly
giving a feeling of wellness, high energy levels and fitness which
no tonic or pill can supply.
above are the source of natural fiber which does some magic to protect
your system against the greatest bug bear of the modern age - obesity
and the connected problems like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease
etc. And last but not least it relieves constipation and acidity
which plague people of all ages today.
does the fiber work? Fruits, salads, rotis, beans all help to fill
us up or bulk up our meals so we eat less high calorie and fatty
foods e.g. eat an apple at 11 am instead of a cookie. Have a fruit
after dinner rather than a scoop of icecream. Eating a salad with
both lunch and dinner helps to cut down on overeating rice or sabji
at the meal. Two phulkas at a meal are more healthy and filling
than 1 cup of polished rice.
The second factor
about fiber is that every time you consume it your body has to work
harder to digest it. E.g. If you take 2 slices of white bread and
2 slices of whole wheat bread or 2 idlis and 2 phulka, they are
all about 50 plus 50 calories each. So what's the difference? The
difference is that when you have to digest the whole wheat bread
or the phulkas your body will have to work harder, so it will burn
some stored fat, break down some cholesterol in your blood, or use
up some extra glucose, lowering your blood sugar levels.
When you eat
a salad with your meal, you will be chewing for half an hour and
your stomach will be busy breaking down those raw veggies for the
next 2 hours. If you extract a juice from an apple your body has
hardly any work to do to digest it. But if you eat the apple you
are chewing for 10 minutes and then the body has to cut through
the skin get into the pulp, pull out the juice and break down the
sugar. Internal exercise and work is going on. You feel full, fresh
and you get thinner, lighter and healthier in the bargain.