HEALTH HABITAT

INDIAN FOOD & FESTIVITIES!

Diwali, Eid, Holi, Pongal and Makarsankranti and many more festivals which are been celebrated in India, aren’t you proud to live in such a beautiful diverse country where we not only celebrate the festival but also food? 

The moment you are born your family celebrates this beautiful occasion by having ghee and jaggery, how can one switch to fancy diets in later life, don’t you think that’s a cultural shock.

Every festival in India marks the celebrations and with celebrations comes food. The most common questions being asked while eating “undhiyu” and “jalebi” on makarsankranti or while sipping “thandai” during Holi is, I badly want to eat this tasty food but it is having too much calories and how will I manage my weight?? This question hampers me because I always say food is not always about calories, it’s about nourishment. 
You see the traditional foods as lump of calories but instead they are traditionally true to your culture. They do justice to your body when in season. For example, you have Thandai only in the festival of Holi and not on Diwali, WHY? Because Thandai acts as a coolant as Holi marks the start of summer season. Another example of why Indian culture is fantastic in “Til Chikki” consumed in Makarsankranti?? The The scientific reason behind it is, Vitamin D3 which is made by the body with the sunlight, sesame seeds (til) have the highest calcium (975mg per 100g) (milk has 125mg only). The body is capable of storing Vitamin D up to a year and use the reserve ; lastly the body is capable of getting it’s Vitamin D reserve full with 3 days of sunlight. The best quality of sunlight is end of winters and beginning of summers. Now join the dots and see how wise our sages were of ancient India where they created a festival of flying kites where by our kids get excited to go in the open, under the direct sunlight, throughout the day from early morning and their mothers feed them homemade Til Chikkis/laddoos.

Now readers, tell me who doesn’t like “Modaks” that we offer to Bappa which is so much rich in nutrients with ghee, rice flour, nuts that are power packed with good fats and vitamins like B6, B12, and vitamin E. Now tel me how helpful and easy is to have a traditional sweet instead of choosing a piece of highly processed chocolate cake?

According to food and health industry which is loaded with artificial sweeteners, asking you to be on a diet where they tell you to quit the foods instead you end up quitting all the major traditional recipes. It not only leaves you nutrient deprived but also surpasses the inner voice leading to associated illness for example in festivals like Diwali, we buy ready made sweets from outside instead of taking ahead the legacy of our ancestors of making sweets at home which are free from adulterated ingredients. They have taught us to use homemade ghee, rich dry fruits and jaggery instead of indulging in sweets made from re-fried oils. Hence be grateful to our ancestors for being so kind and smart who left the lessons of good nutrient rich recipes and not pizza.

Thinking about the winters where fabric industries have started making more warm clothes and gets paid for making such a comfortable warmer, why not thank our mother for making the recipes and food items which keeps our body naturally warm in cold days, keeps you nourished not only in winters but for the rest of the year. Your body gets essential nutrients that not only helps you reach the fitness goals but supplement your body with good immune system so that you fight common cold and fever. The winter delicacies like aradya, gound laddu, raab, jaggery and saunth barfis, methi paak have thermal-regulatory properties. Apart from this it helps prevent bloating, cures constipation, helps in improving your skin type if it’s too dry. Have one piece of it every morning with your breakfast and see it’s working miracles. These food items not only helps you gain good health but helps you to progress in your weight loss journey when combined with proper workout sessions.

Therefore, incorporating seasonal foods around the year is the smartest choice one can have to climb the ladder of optimum health.

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