The food you eat determines your physical, mental and emotional health. Many people do not realize this truth. They eat unhealthy food all the time and destroy their health. Unhealthy foods are precooked frozen foods, deep fried foods, hot-spicy, overcooked food, burnt food, chips, burgers, colas, refined grains that do not have fibre, foods that contain too much sugar, salt, artificial colour and preservatives.
Such foods have no nutritive value; they impair the digestive fire and increase fat and bad cholesterol and lead to ill-health. They also causes heaviness, dullness, lethargy, restlessness to the mind, arouse negative emotions and lead to circulatory and nervous disorders, destroy body’s ability to withstand stress.
Similar, many people are not aware that water is an essential ingredient for the body and mind. Water is a natural detox that eliminates waste and toxins, refreshes the brain, carries nutrients, promotes digestion, prevents dehydration, reduces stress, prevents headaches, improves concentration and dissolves all the excesses. It serves as a lubricant, regulates body temperature and is vital for health just like oxygen.
Beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer and aerated drinks, have no calories, no vitamins and minerals They contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol and chemicals that deplete natural energies and destroy mind-body balance. Drink home-made vegetable and fruit juices. They have vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, aid digestion, refresh brain, promote weight loss, nourish and heal cells, tissues, glands and organs.
A well planned vegetarian or Sattvic diet meets all nutritional needs of body and mind and also prevent diseases. Ensure your diet has all the essential nutrients like whole grains, legumes, pulses, fresh fruits, Vegetable, dry fruits, milk and milk products, natural sugars like jaggery and honey. Spices include coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, black pepper, sesame, carom seeds, pomegranate seeds, ginger, holy basil, mint, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric. Plant based oils include sesame, sunflower, olive and coconut.
To improve mind and body health, change your attitudes, choose the right food that will nourish and heal. When you make small changes in your diet and lifestyle, you will experience big changes in your mental health.
Guideline for healthy eating:
Health is wealth. Be Healthy.