What comes to your mind when you hear healthy food? Typically, for most of us healthy means greens, lean proteins, sugar & dairy free, low fat, no carbs, imported wonder fruit, etc. and the list goes on. At least that is what the weight loss/fitness industry has made us believe. And the truth is, it’s all a game of myths that they have created for their convenience, which we blindly believe without even thinking much. They asked us to, give up on our traditional ways of eating, and we trusted them as if it is the gospel truth!
Nowadays, we see low-fat products and “Healthy” substitutes replacing the real food that we used to eat happily without any guilt as kids. We are told to forget our local produces and traditional foods because we are forced to believe that they are high in carbs & calories which we must cut down to stay fit and healthy.
Today, this is the sad reality we are living in, and the fact we haven’t realized yet is that people from different geographical conditions have different needs for their bodies and nature provides us with whatever we need for our body in our living environment itself. We don’t have to run behind any imported wonder fruit or diet that is foreign to us avoiding our local produce and traditional food to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Just think for a moment, even after following all these overhyped diets and lifestyle, how many of us did manage to stay Healthy? Mind you I am not talking about staying SLIM here but about ‘HEALTHY & FIT’. Forget being healthy, as far as I have noticed a majority has not even achieved their weight loss goals even after going through all these diets and workouts. The reason behind this is your mind is not in sync with your body. If your mind is not in terms with what you eat and do, then it is not going to show any positive results on your body too.
We all know that being healthy is all about maintaining a balanced diet along with some physical activities. But please note this point that when I say balanced diet, it is not counting your calorie intake by having those diet foods but having all kinds of food that is wholesome, fresh, locally available and possibly home cooked with a content mind. Our body responds well to the kind of food which is from the same environment that we are living in and that is exactly what we should focus on, to stay fit and healthy.
Also, it is very important that what we eat should make our taste buds happy. When we are on a diet we are working against our senses which are again not helping us to become healthy. If your food is something that you are forced to have or if it makes you feel guilty while having, then your mind is not happy there, and it is an important factor of being healthy.
In the earlier days, we hardly had any health problems such as obesity, cancer, heart diseases or any of these modern-day diseases. When science and technology advanced our access to everything was made easy and food from around the world was not at all difficult. Thus, people started getting adapted to different kinds of food, which were not from their surroundings.
When we consume imported fruits and vegetables, one would wonder what could possibly go wrong with eating natural food. The problem is, by the time the fruits or vegetables reach to us it will be in an inedible condition that we are not aware of due to the process of oxidation that takes place when kept stored for days and also because of the amount of chemicals used to keep them looking fresh. At the same time if you focus on eating the local produce then you are not only helping yourselves in the best possible way but are also supporting your local farmers to help produce more goodness.
Ancient cultures preach about the importance of eating right to stay . I have noticed a trend mainly among the youngsters to look down on their age-old food traditions. They think it is either an old-school practice or it is too much effort for a busy lifestyle. No matter which culture or tradition one belong to, the traditional way of eating food in any culture has some science behind it, to help build and maintain good health.