The people who were proud to call themselves as Health Conscious and ‘Health Freak’(their terminology) made a sorry sight.
There were people who were practicing Aerobics( the demonstration was so funny , it looked as a kid jumping here and there and the lady proudly proclaimed she was paying Rs.1000/m for the course for fitness and she looked obese to the point of panting while jumping),
to a girl who eats six meals a day,one with only fruits, next chicken without skin,salads,only Chapatis….:
a man who dispose of garbage personally to reduce weight,another applies special(?) Oil before gardening to reduce tummy!!
The List is endless and quite hilarious.
Another is consuming tablets instead of Breakfast and he said there people who were consuming only tablets all the time instead of Food, reason being the tablets contain nutrients found in Food!
More hilarious is are the reasons for following these Health care programmes.
1.To ward of Cancer!
4.Prevent loss of Hemoglobin Count.
There were times when we used to go to a Doctor when one is sick.
I remember , in my native place,, the doctor would give a Carbon mixture and if he goes in for an injection, it means , it is serious.
His refrains were’
Now we go to a doctor at the drop of a hat.
Worse still we may not be ill.
We think we might be.
Then we have ‘Health Consciousness!
If you are not well, you will become conscious of it and not the other way round.
The Advertisements, Manufacturers of useless products and media scare you to death and you immediately buy anything from something that can make you grow 50% Taller to reducing weight in one month.
Any one who can type goes to goggle and sees results, follow them, without knowing whether the information they get is authentic .
Read my post on the disastrous consequences of Dieting by following Internet advice.
In the midst of our conversation,or should I say my monologue, my friend received a call from well qualified, working daughter that she was feeling exhausted and was on the verge of collapse.
He immediately rushed to meet and take her Home.
Reason for the complaint.
This was her effort at reducing weight and keeping fit.
My daughter also went on a Diet of not eating Rice the whole day and was eating only fruits for about a week before she was exhausted
The Human body knows how to take care of itself.
The food habits we have have been developed over centuries taking into account various factors including climate.
Being ideal weight is purely a matter of opinion.
There is no preventive medicine for Cancer, Obesity,Diabetes.
The suggested foods are only guesses and not based on correct findings.
Before some one jumps the gun , please check the counter view on any diet and weight. Diabetes etc.
Take every thing in moderation .
Don’t keep on thinking about illness and engage your self in work, some Physical.
For more information see under Health in this site.
If you have money to burn , educate an underprivileged Child.
I am no statistician, bu can say ‘Statistics is like a Bikini, it conceals more than it reveals.
From my personal experience .
My Father never even had fever till his death at the age of 78.
And he used to take Meals in the morning around 8 am;Curd rice at 1pm
Again Curd rice at night.
Occasionally Snacks, idli dosa, adai etc.
He can consume One Jack Fruit at 6 am and ask my mother for regular food at 8 am!
Quantity, well one can not imagine, such huge quantities.
My elder brother is a Man of clean habits(80), he is very regular in habits.
He does not drink,No Smoking,No Betel Leaves…nothing.
He has Cancer for the past 4 years!
I used to travel for my profession,
Irregular Meals, Slleep, Drinking, Smoking, ( left Smoking 25years ago, drinking 8 years ago)Pan chewing, awake till 1 am.
I have no Illnesses as on date.
Excepting a Heart attack about 10 years ago which I have totally ignored aftertaking drugs and finding them useless.
By medical opinion I should have Liver failure, Hepatitis,Lung cancer, Diabetes,!
Do not bother about what the money mad doctors or the manufacturers’ say and Media , they have to write some thing to get circulation.
You feel and know what is best.
Go to a doctor as a last resort.
Fie with these pseudo health acre ,Consciousness , unconsciousness.!
The influence of the Western Food on South India is not noticed by many of us, as we are not conscious of proselytism.
We are being changed without being aware of it.
First, the eating Habits.
Normally South India takes meals in the morning,refreshments in the afternoon and meals at night.
This consisted of a healthy, yet not taxing to the stomach.
Then came the habit of the British Culture.
Breakfast-Are we breaking a fast from 10 pm the last night?
Evening Tea(?) substituted by us with refreshments.
Then Dinner or Supper.
I am not sure how many know the difference between Supper and Dinner!
Timings: Around 8.30 am,1 pm,4, 7 pm and 10 pm.
Compare this with South Indian Timings ; 10 am,4 pm,7 to 8 pm.