A poem for dieters
Let balance become a lifestyle change. Be aware of the balance required in food and fitness needs. There isn`t a single day when you don’t come across such diet-related information. Diet tips have become a very important part of our lifestyle.
Don’t you wish you lived in simpler times when there were no restrictions about food and related matters? Those were the days when people enjoyed delicious foods as frequently as possible.
This oft quoted poem by David Kritchevsky, found in most diet books, speaks volumes about how closely health is related to food.
“Cholesterol is poisonous,
So never, never, eat it.
Sugar, too, may murder you
There is no way to beat it.
And fatty food may do you in,
Be certain to avoid it.
Some food was rich in vitamin
But processing destroyed it.
So let your life be ordered
By each documented fact,
And die of malnutrition
But with arteries intact”
Most medical and diet practitioners do give this advice, as there is a lot of evidence to support it. But, if like Kritchevsky, we are apprehensive about everything that we put into our mouth, we are sure to end up with malnutrition!!
Why are the warnings so frequent nowadays?
Let us step back into the past to examine the habits of earlier generations. When we were not as technologically advanced, as we are now, people did much of the physical and mechanical work and, therefore, energy expenditure was high. People were able to work, eat and sleep without problems. They lead simple lives by today’s standards.
Technology has progressed so much that new products available to us are bringing new brands of trouble in the form of health hazards and all the new products are not just from food. Other inventions like electronic items, transport facilities, gadgets, etc., have changed our perception of eating and exercise, which consequently has an adverse affect on health. We live in the press-button age and the most exercised part of our body is perhaps our fingertip!
Be sensible. Be aware of your own needs and live in moderation. Excessive consumption of any material creates a natural imbalance. Better to live a balanced life than to have compulsive belief in scary facts.
So, what is balance in life? What is moderation?
- Eating healthy home prepared food, as freshly as possible and in suitable quantities
- Eating out, or eating processed food, not more than once a week, that is, only if you HAVE to.
- Working towards a relaxed and enjoyable home environment
- Managing your free time to include your family and friends and not being lop-sided with just family or with just friends
- Reducing the use of electronic gadgets and increasing your time spent on physical exercise preferably with family and friends.
- Spending time with nature and pets.
- Giving – of your time, resources, love and compassion to those who are genuinely in need.
- Recognizing stressful situations and trying to deal with them or to avoid them.
- Being spiritual and not ritualistic or fanatic.
Ms. Malathi Mohan is Dean, Academy of Fitness Management, FitnessOne, Chennai.
Also read Healthy diet obsession among people by the same author.
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