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Diet Dictators

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Diet Dictators
Diet Dictators

When you draw inspiration to alter your age-old food habits from half-baked, politically motivated/funded research paper published in local newspaper or magazine, you would most likely start obeying politically correct nutrition.

When so called experts (Call them DD i.e. Diet Dictators) make no distinction between whole grains and refined, between foods grown organically and those grown with pesticides and commercial fertilizers, between unprocessed dairy products from pasture-fed cows and pasteurized dairy products from confined animals raised on processed feed, between fresh and rancid fats, between traditional fresh fruits and vegetables and those that have been irradiated or genetically altered, in short, between the traditional foods that nourished our ancestors and newfangled products now dominating the modern marketplace, consider food marketed by them as politically correct nutrition.

This is Politically Correct Nutrition. It singles out foods grown by independent producers, but spares the powerful and highly profitable grain cartels, vegetable oil producers and the food processing industry; it sacrifices old-fashioned butter on the altar of the latest nutritional fad but spares pasteurized milk products and processed cheese; it gives lip service to the overwhelming evidence implicating sugar as a major cause of our degenerative diseases but spares the soft drink industry; and it raises not a murmur against refined flour, hydrogenated vegetable oils and foods adulterated with harmful preservatives, flavorings and coloring agents.

The DDs are strangely silent about the ever increasing trend toward food processing and the devitalization of India’s rich agricultural bounty. Most “nutritional” cookbooks follow the DDs’ politically correct guidelines, including all those approved by food safety regulators.

For example, take an example of ‘FAT’. Politically Correct Nutrition is based on the assumption that we should reduce our intake of fats, particularly saturated fats from animal sources (Dairy items for vegetarians). Fats from animal sources also contain cholesterol, presented as the twin villain of the civilized diet.

On the contrary, Fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a concentrated source of energy in the diet; they also provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. Fats as part of a meal slow down nutrient absorption so that we can golonger without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption and for a host of other processes.

Most people would be surprised to learn that there is, in fact, very little evidence to support the contention that a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat actually reduces death from heart disease or in any way increases one’s life span.

‘Lowfat’ thus is politically correct nutrition, causing severe problem to health and yet many of us welcome it wholeheartedly, presuming it as heart-friend!

– Based on reading Sally Fallon

Solution is : Put efforts behind finding local food.

Eating begins with cooking: Do you cook for self?

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Cook for self, cook for family img src: https://goo.gl/YAemXr
Cook for self, cook for family
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Ideal Kitchen Setup img src: http://goo.gl/7TJrBv
Ideal Kitchen Setup
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Is food only for nutrition? Do we cook for the sake of getting nutrition only?
 
Can we maintain good health just by eating right nutrition?
🙂 I think No. Magic is in process – the way you cook, how often you cook, for whom you cook, with what intention you cook , with how much love and affection you cook!

One benefit of cooking daily that I see is being with your kitchen doctors. Now you may not have read about this before. Please read it once.

Some facts:

1) All Indian spices used in traditional cooking are Ayurvedic herbs.
2) These spices herbs carry unique medicinal property.
3) When you use them in Fire, air and water based cooking, their nano-particles are present in air.
4) Unknowingly, cook inhales it and essential herbs reach to body cells via shortest pathway i.e. inhale -> Blood stream, unlike normal way i.e. Eat -> Digestive track -> Blood stream.
5) We also use Ghee and Oil in cooking. They act as anti-oxidants and reduces body’s oxidative stress i.e. slows down ageing

Two caveats here is:

1) Temperature

High temperature cooking breaks essential vitamins and fatty acids. Not good. What is optimum temperature? Well, you will find all detail by googling but my yardstick is to compare it with Cow-dung burner.

Avoid microwave and oven cooking.

2) Purity of Ghee and Oil

If ghee is not pure (Procured from Gau shala where it is produced by manual churning of milk procured from mother Gau using all ethical ways or if oil is refined, it will have less long chain fatty acids and more short chain fatty acids.) At high temperature, they become free radicals and instead of helping us, it can accelerate oxidation of body and makes aging rapid.

Pure Ghee and unrefined oil has long chain fatty acids. Enough to work as nano-particle medicine.

Despite two caveats (which can be taken care), it is better than eating processed food.

So if family cooks together daily, they all get benefited by above mentioned benefits.

Do not ask proofs from me. Experience yourself. Experience is best proof. What is shared here is based on common sense.

Why mid-life obesity?

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Online friend asked this query recently. Why fat increases after marriage?

Old note on same topic.

Obesity : Mid-life crisis img src: http://goo.gl/zEQAE0
Obesity : Mid-life crisis
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1) Why do pregnant mothers increase fat in last trimester with the help of changing patterns of healthy bacteria in mother’s intestine ( ‪#‎marutMicrobes‬)?

2) Why OBESITY is prominent in our times?

“यन्मांसां स्वागि्ना पक्वं तन्मेद इति कथ्यते॥
तदतीव गुरु स्निग्धं बलकार्यतिबृंहणम्॥”

Meda or Fat is a perfectly ripe; mature flesh (मांस). (One of 7 dhatus). It is ripen by the Fire of the body. It is full of fire. It is in fact, fuel. Raw fuel. Besides satisfying energy needs of the body, it provides stability/firmness to body. Shock absorption.

In last trimester of pregnancy, baby has fragile bones and organs. It needs protection from unforeseen external accidents. During this time, brain is under development and demands super flow of energy.

Fat मेद gain by mother.

OBESITY

Rasa dhatu (Lymph) => Rakta dhatu (Blood) => Mamsa dhatu (Muscles) => Medha dhatu (Fat) => Asthi dhatu (Bone) => Majja dhatu (marrow (bone and spinal)) => Shukra dhatu (Semen)

Now when we see abnormal increase in Fat, it is Vata disorder. There is a temporary PAUSE at conversion from Meda (FAT) to Asthi(Bones).

Result => Excessive FAT.

Mother Nature is very kind. If you are suffering from Vata disorder, your probably have fragile bones. So to protect your bones, she increases FAT.

Solution?

Correct Vata disorder and weight due to FAT will reduce.

Side note: Generally, when a young boy gets married, he starts developing FAT.

Do you know reason? Because wife cooks well? 😀 No. Wife cannot cook as good as mother 😉. It is because, he is now regularly indulged in sex. Excessive sex deranges Vata => FAT

What happened due to abnormally early FAT ?

FAT => Compromised bones, compromised marrow, compromized shukra. Obesity impairs reproductive outcome significantly.

Any doubt why obese suffer from infertility?

Some supporting research papers for obesity and reproduction links.

Obesity and infertility.

Fertility can be negatively affected by obesity. In women, early onset of obesity favours the development of menses irregularities, chronic oligo-anovulation and infertility in the adult age. Obesity in women can also increase risk of miscarriages and impair the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies and pregnancy, when the body mass index exceeds 30 kg/m. The main factors implicated in the association may be insulin excess and insulin resistance. These adverse effects of obesity are specifically evident in polycystic ovary syndrome. In men, obesity is associated with low testosterone levels. In massively obese individuals, reduced spermatogenesis associated with severe hypotestosteronemia may favour infertility. Moreover, the frequency of erectile dysfunction increases with increasing body mass index.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17982356

The adverse effects of obesity on conception and implantation

  1. Christopher J Brewer and
  2. Adam H Balen

Whilst many multiparous women are obese (body mass index >30 kg/m2), obesity has been associated with impaired fecundity; however, the mechanism which links obesity to reduced fertility remains to be fully elucidated. Obese women, particularly those with central obesity, are less likely to conceive per cycle. Obese women suffer perturbations to the hypothalamic–pituitary–ovarian axis, menstrual cycle disturbance and are up to three times more likely to suffer oligo-/anovulation. A fine hormonal balance regulates follicular development and oocyte maturation, and it has been observed that obesity can alter the hormonal milieu. Leptin, a hormone produced by adipocytes, is elevated in obese women, and raised leptin has been associated with impaired fecundity. Obesity impairs ovulation but has also been observed to detrimentally affect endometrial development and implantation. The expression of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is regulated, in part, by weight, and so obese women with PCOS often have a more severe phenotype and experience more subfertility. Obesity also impairs the response of women to assisted conception treatments. Weight loss through lifestyle modification or bariatric surgery has been demonstrated to restore menstrual cyclicity and ovulation and improve the likelihood of conception. In this article, we will discuss the effect of obesity upon key reproductive mechanisms and its relation to fertility treatments.

http://www.reproduction-online.org/content/140/3/347.full

What is solution for mid-life early Vata disorder?

There are many solutions. Some of them are listed here:

1) Surya Namaskar every morning.
2) Worship Hanuman ji
3) Abhyang – Tel malish daily before taking bath (45 mins before) – Sesame oil AND Head malish after taking last meal of the day, before sleeping.
4) Fasting on Saturday
5) Turmeric and Ginger – include as medicine. Esp. during monsoon.

Having meal: Sacred Ritual

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Meal Time
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Having meal used to consider sacred activity in local culture. It used to be considered critical so people used to eat by sitting on the floor and enjoying food fully.

So when someone is eating, there used to be helping hands to serve them. At special days like marriage, family members take care of all guests (Atithi(s)) and serve them food with love. They feel pride in contributing sacred meals of near and dear ones.

Now?

Now we arrange buffet and guests have to arrange queue like criminals do in jail. No respect for guests. It is different thing that guests also have no respect for host in most cases 😀

Guests eat standing and get engaged in talks. Eating happens as background process as neglected task. No self-respect.

Side effects
• Due to lack of attention to food, enough secretion of stomach acids and enzymes does not occur -> lead to indigestion -> sickness in near future
• Due to standing position, Apana Vayu (The downward force described in Ayurveda) is deranged. -> lead to indigestion-> sickness in near future

Solution?
• Always be seated while eating.
• Give complete focus to food. Talks can wait. Gossips can wait. Cell phone can wait. Food cannot wait.

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