Friday, 18 February 2022

Best practices to be followed during food consumption

Food is the building block of nutrients in our bodies. The daily activities that we perform which include our physical movements, walking, jogging, running, playing, etc require a good amount of essential nutrients. Food also plays a prominent role in deciding our thoughts and emotions. Due to the significant importance of food in our life, it is necessary that we understand the best ways to consume them. 


Let us look at some of the best practices we can follow to ensure that we get the best out of the food that we eat : 


·       Energy flows where the attention goes. While having food, it is important that we focus on the food in front of us. The more we focus on the food while eating, the better the flow of energy goes to the eating activity that we do. Some people have their food by watching TV, mobile, listening to songs or by chatting with their friends. This may not be a good practice as their attention is getting diverted to different things. The flow of energy here is getting divided into multiple things and so the benefit derived out of the eating activity is not at the optimum level. 

·       Observing a minute of silence before consuming food is a good practice. As part of certain religious practices, it is advised to perform a short prayer before having your food. The advantage of this is numerous. Here we are showing gratitude to God for our daily bread. God has blessed us with numerous things in life. Since we are already receiving our daily food on a regular basis, we take it for granted and so we may not be observing the importance of it. But just keep in mind the 1000s of people who are going to sleep every night with an empty stomach. Apart from Gratitude, waiting for 1-2 minutes before having our food also triggers the salivary glands. The body becomes better prepared for the eating process. 

·       Repeatedly chewing your food multiple times is also important to break down your food into small particles and make your digestion process very easy. Some people in a hurry, gobble up their food and complete their meal quickly to take up some other urgent work. This is not a healthy practice as the load to the digestive system is high in this case. As far as possible we need to try to reduce the load applied to the digestive system by chewing our food properly for better efficiency. 

·       Think positively while having your food. As far as possible try not to invite feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, regret, etc while eating. There is a chance that the energy that you vibrate with at that point in time can get transferred to the food you eat. Try to be mindful of your thoughts during this time and avoid any kind of negative thoughts and emotions. 

·       Try to be mindful of the food that you eat. Yes, once in a while you can have food that addresses your taste buds. However, in normal times, make sure that your food is a balanced one with all the essential nutrients. Also, make sure that you have food that is suitable for your gut microbiome. Certain fermented foods, postbiotics, and prebiotics are required in your diet frequently. 

·       Make sure that there is a gap of atleast 2 hours after your dinner and before you sleep. This ensures that the food you had taken gets digested to an extent. This also ensures that while sleeping, the energy of our body would be used in a better way for the overall healing and repair mechanisms of the cells, tissues, organs, and the body and not just for the digestion activities.  

·       Make sure that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. Always try to include fruits and vegetables in your diet as these are storehouses of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. Even though these micronutrients are needed only in a small quantity every day, it is important that we don't miss on them. Just having more carbohydrates and proteins alone is not enough. 

·       Intermittent fasting of once every week is good enough to remove the unwanted fats and cells from our body. It also helps to flush out the toxins from our bodies. 

·       Complement your healthy food intake with daily exercises. This improves your health by many times. Holistic practices complement each other and help to bring about results at a faster pace. Apart from Exercises, Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Mindfulness can also be included in your daily routine. This helps you to balance your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and thereby help you to lead a holistic life.


Always remember that healthy food leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind. Let us enjoy the process of having good food and live a life of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment.  As we live our lives with happiness and peace, let us also take a moment to remember the poor and the needy and do whatever we can to extend our help and services to them.



Thursday, 3 February 2022

Why do we have Food?

Food plays a very important role in the health and overall development of a person. If the person takes in essential quantity of nutrients on a daily basis, then the person is supposed to be healthy.

A question that arises here is how is food necessary for living?

There are energy sources like sun, air, water and the earth through which a person receives energy. Even most of the plants survive with air, water, sunlight and the nutrients from the soil. So why do humans need food on a daily basis for survival? 
Even if a person tries to fast by skipping any one meal per day, this affects his mood and strength and he feels tired.

So what could be the reason that man is too much dependent on food?

Well one reason could be that the body structure of a man or an animal is different from that of plants. The human body consist of organs, tissues and cells. These parts of the body requires consistent supply of nutrients and hydration for its efficient functioning.

Another reason is that majority of humans are still not trained or conditioned to live with just the basic elements of this planet like air, water, sunlight etc. Some Rishis or saints are able to achieve this to some extent by intense meditation and Holistic practices. However this is not possible for the large number of people living in this planet as they have not been taught that way.

The kind of food that is consumed in one country or state differs from the kind of food consumed in another country or state. This is purely because of getting used to something consistently which becomes a habit or a practice. This is another reason why man continues to depend on particular source of nutrient always.

Food also plays a very important role in the kind of thoughts and the performance of a person. The quality, nutrition and freshness of the food also plays an important role in the health of a person.

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