HOW TO TREAT YOUR FOOD?
Almost all of us, have our very own unique relationships with food, some love it, some live for it, some survive it and some simply tolerate it, but, none of us actually know how to treat it…The most effective way to treat the food we eat is to follow the simple mantra
LOVE YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES, LIKE YOUR PROTIENS,BE MEAN TO YOUR CARBS
LOVE YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Loving your fruits and vegetables is the best way to treat them; they give us fibre, essential vitamins and minerals, but no extra calories. So, munch in on at least 2-3 helpings of fresh fruits, salads and green vegetables. Make them a part of all your meals, add fruits to your breakfast, and fruits to your milk and curds, chop vegetables into your soup, stuff them into your bread or roti .Love them and let them be the core of each meal around which the rest of the food items are placed. Make sure you include fruits and vegetables which are ‘in-season’, ripe, juicy and colourful, for the more the colour the better it is.
LIKE YOUR PROTIENS
Proteins are the building blocks of our body and aid in repair and replacement of tissues and muscles. They are essential in giving us the much required strength and tone to our body. They give us a ‘lean look’ while keeping our skin wrinkle free, hair and eyes in good condition. Although they are needed by our body every day, it is important to include them moderately and not to go overboard. High protein diets can lead to high cholesterol, high B.P, and kidney ailments and joint pains. They should form a part of at the most two meals in a day. Proteins are best liked and not loved.
BE MEAN TO YOUR CARBS
Although through the ages carbohydrates have been an essential part of our daily diets in various forms as breads, cereals, rice, pasta etc. their importance is fast diminishing. In earlier times, carbs were the main source of energy for the body to perform various hard tasks without the help of machines, but in today’s day and age we use machines for most of our work and the energy expended at the end of the day is almost negligible. Therefore even though the requirement for carbs in our daily diets has gone down, they continue to enjoy an important position in our meals, giving us unnecessary calories meal after meal. So, the best way to treat them is to be mean to them and include them as one of the parts/ accompaniments of the main meal rather than the meal itself.
By Tithi Prabhakar