It is said that you are what you eat. So, why are we so careless about what we eat? Why do we not pay attention to where we eat, what we do while eating and also enjoy every morsel. Most of us in urban India have made lunch and dinner a ritual in front of the idiot box. (Deliberately used instead of television) We are more involved in watching the intricacies of a scheming housewife instead of concentrating on taste. Often, we become couch potatoes munching junk food mechanically.
We need to eat consciously. We must feel the taste, realise that we are fortunate to have it and also knowing what it will do to our bodies. Eating with the family helps bonding. It may give an opportunity for meaningful conversation that is disappearing from our noisy lives.
Starting the day with a little bit of warm water would do wonders in terms of cleaning up our stomach. But most of us would rush for tea or coffee. Having fruits in the morning will convert it into energy within minutes faster than any processed food.
If you want to see what effect food has on your system, try binging on deep fried food, heavy meats, white flour and sugary deserts. On another day, check how your system and mind reacts to fruit, sprouts, vegetables and food that has a rich fibre content.
Avoid addictive foods as it is invariably harmful. The more tasty the food, the more dangerous it can be. So, check out how it has been made. The high level of oil or ghee used might have given it that unique taste. Your trip to the doctor may not be far away. Avoid food with preservatives. Shun leftovers in the fridge. Have fresh food. Any food that is three hours old starts its journey to becoming stale. It is the in thing to sip colas. You think everyone would see
it as something cool when you are having it with your lunch or dinner. It is the worst thing you can do to your digestive system. Have fruit juice instead.
Most pesticides are water soluble so wash it thoroughly before cooking. Pay special attention to tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbages, lady fingers or grapes. You do not deserve to consume poison.
Watch what you eat for a healthier body, mind and soul.
Ramesh Menon is a journalist and corporate trainer.