Healthy food habits

Dear Friends,

Health is wealth, an old age saying that we have been hearing quite too often but still it fails to attract attention as most of us are still believing in the new age saying “Wealth is health”.

We seldom give attention to our health and eating habits which is so important to manage the several organs of our body and their various functions which constitute the general well being of a person.

Gone are the days when we had set times for eating our breakfast, lunch and dinner that had wholesome meals. It had a proper assortments of cereals, pulses, vegetables, fish and fruit. All of these were cooked at home by our mothers, sisters or grandmothers or aunties especially when it was a joint family.

Now work pressures and times, studies and preparation, sports and other extra curricular activities that also include using our cell phones have eaten into and taken a major chunk out of our eating times and also the preparation time. So all the 3 eating times put together have been reduced to under an hour.

So we have situations wherein once in a week at home or daily lunches at work we might be using food prepared at hotels by people who are rarely connected to us like our relations. It seems everywhere, the mantra is to make money at the expense of others and in this case their health too. Food prepared in hotels seems tasty with a lot of spices and what nots added and unhealthy oils that are re-used many times over to cut down costs at the hotel side but that only leads to major costs that we need to bear at the hospital end later as time progresses and such unhealthy food practices continue.

Every week we hear of hotels being raided and health officials closing down such hotels that do not adhere to standards by the health authority. But still we persist in eating from outside just to save an hour at home cooking and spend countless hours in hospitals thinking we will be always immune from all of this.

A lot of hotel and junk food brings on various diseases that are both water borne and from the putrefied food prepared in unhealthy environments. How many of us care to visit the restaurant kitchen or at least peek into them as we wait for our food. That could have been time well spent as we waited for the so called delicacies that they served. A variety of diseases like food poisoning, jaundice, acidity, stomach ulcers, liver, heart  and kidney diseases spring out of the potions that we considered harmless as we ate them from such poorly prepared food.

Corruption has seeped into all types of food that we cook and that includes high pesticide farmed vegetables and fruits. Sometimes we wonder whether the consumer is also considered as a pest by such farmers who are least bothered about who ate their produce. So care should be exercised in consuming these.

So let us summarize what can be habits that we can follow to improve our food habits.

  1. Eat regularly. Do not skip a meal especially your breakfast.
  2. Drink sufficient water that your body needs to remain hydrated.
  3. Have a mix of cereals, pulses, vegetables and common fruits in your diet.
  4. While having food, do not be distracted by other things, chew properly and enjoy it.
  5. Have home cooked food as possible or search for good restaurants in your locality if you cannot have food from home.
  6. Do not eat at unearthly hours and that too junk food prepared by junkies.
  7. Drink hot water at hotels and clean water at home. There is no point in having the best food had with unpalatable water.
  8. Exercise properly or walk at least for half an hour daily whenever you get the chance.
  9. Always maintain a proper posture while eating, that is eat at the table and not on the sofa.
  10. Remain at peace with yourself and others so that the digested food is put to good use.

 

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Thanksgiving – Saved by Soni

Week 14: Panning
(Auto rikshaw                         Photo credit: Ajay Pai)

I do not remember the date but it was the first week of October, 2010, a week that would  portent two things that would shake me the whole of that week, the loss of a job and another dear life itself. But Almighty God knowing that things would happen, was not at all worried, firstly because, i carried on with the first shock with ease and therefore he took upon himself to protect me from the second.

As, i got the breaking news at my workplace regarding my job, i never thought it would be back breaking. The next day, i woke up to a slight muscular spasm on  my back, and thought, i would attend to it, as soon as i got fit enough to ride my scooter to the doctor.

I reached him, and as usual, with visits that had a frequency of a couple of months, i waited for him to prescribe his injection of paracetamol to relieve the pain, as i was allergic to other pain killers like Voveran.

I had the injection from the nurse, and reached home in a matter of minutes by around 12 noon. Nobody was at home as the kids and my wife were at school. But within a few moments, i felt uneasy, and as i could gauge certain symptoms, i knew something had gone wrong with the drug that was injected. My throat went dry, the tongue was getting stuck, and i had difficulty breathing, which was increasing by the minute. The eyelids started swelling, and i knew, by the way it was developing it would be a close call. I looked at the mirror and open my mouth to see the epiglottis having swollen twice its size.

I immediately called the clinic and told the nurse of my symptoms, they asked me to come right away. I gulped down 3 glasses of water, as that was the only thing i could do at that point of time to dilute the effects of the allergy. Now i had to call Soni, the rikshaw driver, whom i used to call whenever i had to go on such medical or other errands. Now Soni operates from the Cochin Special Economic Zone at Chittethukara, Kakkanad Auto stand(station), which is at a distance of 3 minutes running time from my home for an auto rikshaw. But rarely he is seen at the stand, as his log book is always full with his committed customers, who book him for days in advance. 90 percent of the time when someone calls him, he is always transporting somebody else.

I had only his number at that time and I called him, and as usual, he picked my phone. In those days and even now he doesn’t know me by name, but would recognize me by my voice and location. I told him who i was, and the urgency in my call, prodded him to rush to my place wherever he was at that time. As i told before, the Lord had made his plans well in advance, and was just waiting for the events to happen and pass.

Within a minute or more, he was at my doorstep, and the sight of his rickshaw was like a chariot sent by the gods. We did not talk much, as every minute was precious. A look at my face, and he knew it was serious and there was no time for pleasantries to be exchanged.

We reached the clinic in another 5 minutes, and I could barely  see the door and enter without bumping into the wall. My back was paining now because of my breathlessness, the regular back pain having gone long back.  Soni asked me, if he should wait for me, when I parted with him, but I asked him to move on, since I was to be in safe hands, and it could take time before they would allow me to go this time.

The sister nurse, who had injected me earlier, though no fault of hers, guided me to the patient bed, where the doctor was issuing instructions to another nurse as to what antidotes had to be injected into me this time, with him to do it personally. Normally, I used to remind my doctor of my allergic condition, and on that day, both of us forgot, but within moments, we both were reminded, how important it was to remember such things.

After 2 doses of antidotes, I was tied down for another 3 hours, before i called my wife, and she was able to pick me up. If not for Soni and his presence of mind that day, I would not have been writing to you today…