This time, live to eat Rujuta Diwekar, celebrity nutritionist, clears some common myths about our daily diet
Whosoever thought that toned milk is good for health, needs to cross check facts. “The basic nutrients of milk are rich as it is. They don’t need anything else,” she says. And certainly, stop using those tetra and carton milk packs. “Make an effort to find a local milkman who can supply you with unadulterated milk,” she adds. Including milk products in all three meals is the secret to good health. And yes, the good-old Indian cow’s milk is the best. “Just wait till America takes a patent for it. Then we won’t mind paying Rs 100 extra for milk,” she laughs.
Refined oils are the significant cause of all artery blockages. Surprised, right? “Take my word, eat around three teaspoons of ghee everyday and watch your health improve,” she smiles, in between the anxious hands make notes of what she says. People are in sedentary jobs and likewise, the body requirement of ghee has increased in fact.
Everyone thinks a rich fibre diet is the mantra for good health. “Never stock up on fibre. It retains water and makes the body more bulky,” she says. When it comes to fruits, she suggest whatever grows locally and can be procured seasonally is the best. “My grandparents always said that all that we can leave with you is good health,” she says. Of course, she is living perfectly well with the heritage.
As a bride sits and anxiously waits for the groom, who is perhaps lost in the song and dance routine, what do you do? “Pop a calcium pill,” smiles Rujuta. Pointing to the calming effect it has on the nerves, she suggests taking calcium at bed time. “The basic definition of supplements is adding on, meaning that they help in better absorption of natural minerals in the body,” she says. Another myth busted here is consuming multivitamins everyday helps us make up for the lost nutrients. “Always try to take them separately. Taking them together is like buying an insurance policy”.
Although it is not possible to go completely organic these days, but knowing facts about the food helps build a better diet plan. Coming from a family where fruits and vegetables were home-grown, her suggestion is to procure fresh fruits from local markets. “The so-called imported fruits that you buy from supermarkets might be chemically ripened,” she says. Eat natural to live happily.
(Dear Yogis log on to In The Pin…Thank God we have an organic shop we have in BTM Layout and place an order for fresh milk from Akshyakalpa, Vedic Ghee they make on every poornima day, chawanprash from Navadarshanam and many daily use items…)
The right diet chart
Start your day with nuts, fruits, milk and avoid tea
Try and eat every two hours
Eat according to activity. More activity should ideally mean more food intake
Finish food two hours before sleeping
Sleep following the bio clock 10 to 6