Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Healthy eating habits

The ancient Indian saints and sages have propagated the healthy way of cooking and eating. They have advocated the theory of eating solids like liquids and vice-e-versa. Wonder how? We should chew every bite slowly till it turns liquid and then swallow. This way the digestion process starts in the mouth itself and there is no possibility of over eating. It also prevents the body from accumulating the undigested food and thereby leading to obesity. If we gulp hastily or watch TV or read while eating again it may lead to overindulgence. 

Our ancestors had the best way of cooking, burning firewood using logs of wood and cooking healthy food for themselves. They had the healthy recipes of fresh vegetables, greens and grains. The greens used to be an integral part of their diet. Today even though we are aware of this fact, we over look it while cooking due to paucity of time.

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But at least during holidays, weekends or while we are on a healthy diet trip we can remember and follow certain facts. Most of us follow green food recipes while following the diet regime. Nutrition facts of vegetables like carrots and other red and yellow vegetables in providing vitamin D to the body has been always emphasized by the nutritionists and dietitians.

While following the health regime instead of following the diet blindly we should always be aware of the facts as to what are calories, what is nutrition and at every possible opportunity try to have our own backyard vegetable garden using the method of organic vegetable farming. Doctors always advise us to follow the practice of eating yellow and red colored fruits and vegetables to help increase the HB percentage in our blood and also fight the vitamin D deficiency.

How to cook healthy ?

The present day method of cooking in microwave oven and preparation of cake in cooker may have added the utility and save time and energy,but the native indigenous way of cooking had distinct health advantages.Many of us must have come across the AMC cookware which is a set of kitchen accessories where the cooking pots and pans are manufactured using surgical grade stainless steel cookware. 

AMC cookware is based on German technology and with its patented Akkutherm Molecular Base, manufactures cookware pans with lifetime warranty and has factories located in Spain, Italy and south Africa.While there is no second opinion about the quality of the product and its usage, the cookware is priced astronomically and not many can afford them and  even those who can,think hundred times before investing tens of thousands for a set of cooking pots and pans.

Those of you who were born and brought up in villages and small towns may remember your mother or grandmother cooking the vegetables in a most indigenous way. This is a method where the vegetables will not lose any of its nutrition but also retain their authentic and original color and taste.

If you are interested in trying out recipes which need cooking and eating vegetables in healthy way of eating and losing weight, this is the way to cook vegetables. This method not only tells you how to be healthy but also how to eat healthy and also how to lose weight in a healthy way.I believe the technology of the AMC cookware follows this very principle.

As shown in this picture, use a thick bottomed kadai or cooker to cook the vegetables.Wash the vegetables and cut them into longish pieces. Place the cut vegetables in a thick bottomed cooker on a low heat. Don't put any water. The water used to wash the vegetables is enough. On the top of this kadai or cooker, place a vessel containing water and cook for 10-15 minutes depending on your liking about the crunchiness of the vegetables.

While we cook the vegetables in a cooker, the vegetables tend to get soggy and lose their original color and crunchiness  But in this method the original color, taste and the nutrition is fully retained. Especially when we are preparing fried rice or like to eat vegetables in their natural taste, this is the ideal method. First try with carrot, beans, radish and sweet potato and you will fall in love with your veggies all over again.


How to drink healthy ?

Similarly we should drink water as if we are eating, i.e. sit down on the ground, ideal posture is squatting on the ground, while drinking water. Scientifically, when we drink water while standing, we let the water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly which leads to dilation and relaxation of the sphincter that connects the esophagus and stomach. This may lead to a medical condition called GERD ( Gastro Esophageal Re-flux Disease").

The symptoms of this disease is acidity because the acids in the stomach pass backward through the open sphincter and start the burning sensation in the acid intolerant esophagus. This is the most common feeling of heartburn and acidity which most people complain of. Baba Ramdevji is the strong advocate of the habit of sitting and drinking water and so is the Prophet Mohammed which is followed by the Muslims across the globe.