Healthy eating and diets
The other day Anna Shetty came home ravenous. As a doctor and a young mother, she almost always comes home ‘dying of hunger’. It was a hard day for her . After getting the kids off to school, she had rushed out of home for an early morning surgery with just a cup of coffee to get her system going. As usual, it was a case of “I’ll grab something later “.
However, later turned out to be much later than she’d imagined and when she dropped by, without so much as a hello, she poked her head into the fridge.
Alas!! It was almost empty. Well, not exactly empty but putting it in perspective, there was nothing in it that she wanted to eat. Rather there was nothing that she liked to eat.
The fridge was filled with healthy stuff like milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit, salad! And absolutely NO leftovers.
She rummaged through the cupboards and was shocked to find none of the stuff she liked . No biscuits. No chivda. No ladoo.
In short, she was shocked that all the food that she had grown up with was now no longer kept at home .
And for this we only had to thank a new visitor, or rather should I call it invader- Type 2 Diabetes.
Indeed our home is not an isolated case of Diabetes striking in a home that had no history of diabetes in its DNA . At least this is what Hubby Dear and I like to believe that since none of our immediate ancestors had this disease. And those that are long dead, were not recorded of having diabetes simply because in those days, there was no real knowledge of the disease.
But sadly, like millions of households in India, Diabetes has made its pernicious entry into our home. Slowly but surely, this lifestyle disease is ready to pounce on any one – man, woman or beast even . And it shows no bias of any kind: age, gender, region or religion. What it recognises is an unhealthy life style and bang ! It’s in !
An unhealthy life style is largely due to the inventions of the modern age. Motorcars and machines have erradicated the physical component of our lives and most work menial or manual is either mechanised or outsourced.
Add to this globalisation , urbanisation and migration and you get cuisines and foods that were untasted by our grannie’s palates. Indeed the famous dietitian Rujuta Divekar attributes our bad eating habits to the easy availability of pizzas and unseasonal and even untypical foods.
So after years of fried snacks, creamy cheese slices, chocolate brownies and steaks, we’ve had no option but to welcome Diabetes Type 2 into our home with 72 million other Indians.
And with that we had to change our diet once more.
We’ve gone back to healthy eating with whole wheat chapatis with home made ghee, freshly made seasonal vegetables and exercise. We eat rice that is par boiled or partially husked. Our breakfast consists of porridge made of Nachani or Oats and our coffee is de-caff. No more pickles, no more sweets and fries. No more mid-night snacks and no more Chinese, Japanese or any other Exotese.
If granny didn’t eat it. We won’t too.
But old habits are hard to change and we’ve made some conscious decisions like eating out occasionally, tanking up with salads and going easy on the carbs.
From living to eat, we now eat to live.
This is just one of the trends mentioned in the “Godrej Food Trends 2018”
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