Weight loss! We all know how these words ring an alarm to all the women out there. However, this is not just limited to women anymore, men are also taking all the essential measures to keep their weight in check. It is a good thing that everyone is trying to get in shape, but if you notice, you’ll see the actual obsession is with the idea of getting a six pack or an hourglass figure more than being fit & healthy. For most of us, the concept of being healthy is achieving a particular weight goal with the help of the fad diets and the so-called “healthy” food habits associated with it.
Now, the problem with eating healthy is that we have got the whole concept wrong. We believe the fitness industry blindly without even thinking twice, and for them, it was all a game of myths created for their convenience. They asked us to give up on our traditional ways of eating and switch to low fat and foreign superfoods to maintain a “healthy eating” habit. In this process, we ditched most of our healthy local produce and continued eating foods that are even though healthy but probably not always suitable for our body types.
Today, this is the reality everywhere and what we still haven’t realized is that people from different geographical conditions have different nutritional requirements for their bodies and following the same diet won’t help everyone. It’s about time we understand that our local produce and the traditional ways of eating according to one’s own culture are the actual healthy eating habits than adopting a whole new lifestyle filled with imported fruits/grains/seeds.
Next time, when you go grocery shopping, try to look for ingredients that your mother/grandmother would have purchased for cooking rather than going for exotic or low-fat foods. Why? Just think for a moment, even after following all these overhyped diets and lifestyles, how many of us did actually manage to stay Healthy? Mind you, I am talking about staying ‘HEALTHY & FIT’ not SLIM. Forget being healthy, the majority has not even achieved their weight loss goals with these diets or wonder foods. The reason is, 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.
Everyone knows weight loss happens only if you have a balanced diet along with some physical activities. Now, again, a balanced diet is not just about protein, carbs, fat and counting your calorie intake but is also about including foods that are wholesome, fresh, locally available and possibly home cooked with a content mind. Our body responds well to the kind of food that is from the same environment where we are living in and that is exactly what we should focus on, to stay fit and 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 became easier and food from around the world is not an exception in this case. When we consume imported fruits and vegetables or any food item for that matter, no one really sees or understand how it affects our health. By the time these imported foods especially the fresh fruits & veggies reach us, they will be in their worst condition due to the process of oxidation that takes place when kept stored for days and not to mention the chemicals being used to keep them looking fresh for a longer time. After all these, it is needless to say when consumed they are toxic to your body. 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 by aligning your body and mind to the environment you live in to stay healthy. However, unfortunately, it has become a trend today mainly among the youngsters to look down on their age-old food traditions. They either think it is an old-school practice or it is too much of effort to be put into for a busy lifestyle.
It’s high time we understand that every traditional food culture has some science behind it to help build and maintain good health, and in fact, food was the ultimate medicine in those days. According to the Chinese food traditions, cooking is balancing the yin and the yang which is all about eating the right kind of food in the right season to help keep the equilibrium of the body. If you do it wrong, you will definitely see and feel that in your body in one way or the other.
We think and tend to believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the valley when we are actually enjoying a lush green forest around us. It is advised that we focus on what we have around us and look beyond only if it’s needed. Again, about losing weight, accept the fact that achieving weight loss or having a six pack is not what you should focus on, you must set your mind on having a healthy lifestyle and the rest will simply follow.