What is Food? We eat everyday, but do we spare a minute to think what exactly are we consuming, do we bother to know the after effects, whether it is causing health or simply harm!
I want to put light on a very serious issue that i learnt about in my recent encounter with Dr Vandana Shiva, an environmentalist. She spoke about the dangers of farming practices in our country which are going to not only cost us dearly but also cause a problem to our immune system. Thus, the use of poisonous pesticides means “planets health degenerated,our health degenerated”.
It is really alarming to know that industrial farming is adding to global warming, at the same time ecological farming can bring back the health,so we still have hope and If we take a step in that direction, then green house gases can be pulled out in ten years. Now that seems like an easy task,doesn’t it? But I only wish if it was so,because honestly, we are doing nothing to end our woes. We cannot even afford the organic food sold in our country because of the steep prices. So what do we do is the million dollar question. The least we can do is to pledge for organic farming in our country and create an awareness among all. Dr Shiva very rightly ended that “India can be strong if the last child is strong” and this statement holds a lot of meaning if you think back.
Naturopathy says that Food is your medicine, hence consuming food in accordance with nature as well as eating food in its natural form is the thumb rule.
In Ayurveda the food or Aahar is consumed according to Rutu, that is seasons as well as pathya, apathya is mentioned,that is food consumed according to illness. Also the combination and time of consuming food plays an important role in its assimilation, hence Aahar vidhi visheshayatan has been described very rightfully as a set of rules to be followed for meals. The root cause of many diseases lie in the mere inability to be able to abide by these. It may not be possible to change one’s lifestyle in a day but taking a step in that direction each day can definitely be our resolution. So lets begin with today.
TIP: Drink water only and when you are thristy,but also do not suppress your urges or ignore them. Pay attention to the needs of your body and listen to what it says,it can never misguide, but mind you,only if you learn the art of being a good listener.