Why should being healthy and vibrant even be a question? Especially when every cell in our body is working tirelessly towards our well-being…
Today, it is not uncommon to see someone pop pills every day even in their mid-30s. It is rare to see someone not do that in their 50s and 60s.
Simple things like having regular monthly cycles or conceiving a baby don’t seem to happen for many without a pill. Basic metabolic activities need external interference without which a lot of us can’t survive. But for thousands of years, people lived well, even into their late 90s, without any support from outside.
They surely didn’t eat “what” we eat, “how much” we eat, “when and how many times” we eat and didn’t sit how we sit in the restroom or dining room. They didn’t wear a band and strive hard to complete 10000 steps.
In the last 50 years, we have unconsciously made a few changes in our food habits and lifestyle by looking up to the Western culture and looking down upon ourselves. Aren’t we losing out on the distilled essence of thousands of years of rich culture and wisdom?
It is time to rediscover and unearth these practices, always known to people on this land!
Back to the roots…
If we walked into a shop, even 30 years ago, there would be so many kinds of lentils. Today, it is just a toor dal, urad dal or green gram dal. Even in Arab countries today where half the land is a desert, one can find 15 different types of cereals. India has only three or four left because we are wiping them out.
In India, almost 87 varieties of pulses, grains, legumes and cereals have been lost for no good.
Traditionally, people always ate a broad spectrum of all these on a daily basis. But if we look at our plate today, it will comprise mostly rice or wheat roti, dal and some vegetables like potatoes. With this kind of diet, conditions like obesity, cholesterol, diabetes & arthritis become inevitable. This shift to a primarily carbohydrate, single-grain diet, which has happened in the last 50 years, needs to be reversed!
And, right now!
If only we re-look at every aspect of how we live… how we eat, breathe, sit, sleep and go about our everyday living, we can, not only live disease-free. Rather we can live at the peak of our physical and mental capabilities through our old age, just like our forefathers did.
The only question is, are we willing?