Wonders of Following a fresh food Diet
How are you all? You know I have seen people who knead the dough once and keep on making rotis from it till the time it does not get used up completely; even if that time comes after 4 days. Still better, knead the dough once in a week and get sorted for the rest of the week.
Do you think eating fresh food and hours/days old food is equal? Do you think food retains the same amount of nutrients after 7-8 hours of being cooked? Well, the answer is NO.
I have read over a zillion times in newspapers and health articles, that consuming food over around 7-8 hours of cooking does not give you as many nutrients as freshly cooked food. Reheating the food decreases the nutritive value. Besides, fresh made food is responsible to build up your immunity, long kept food on the other hand brings lethargy. The only thing it satisfies is hunger, neither body’s demands nor tongue’s. I am mentioning tongue also because reheated food or food made hours ago is never as tasty as fresh good.
When you go for grocery shopping what is your first question to the vendor? “Bhaiya, is it fresh?” You have to buy fresh fruits and vegetables every time but what about the cooked food? Is it not important for it to be fresh every time?
Read this instance carefully:
Scene 1: A typical family in which the husband and wife are rushing to get ready for their offices.
Husband “What is for breakfast honey?”
Wife “I made daal yesterday na… we are going to eat the same. I am making rotis and a little amount of ‘xyz’ sabji with it”
They ate the same and went for work.
Scene 2: After they return home from work.
Husband “I am hungry”
Wife “The ‘xyz’ sabji from the breakfast is still kept in the fridge. We will reheat that. I am too tired to cook anything for dinner now”
The irony lies in the fact that when you ask the couple “Why do you slog day and night at work?” They say “For my bread and butter”
Arey bhai when you are not even eating the bread and butter properly, what are you working for? This way, over the years, you will collect money, but health and body? It will all be lost.
(By the way this instance was kalpanic I mean it is created by my genius mind :P)
What food we eat and how we eat is what makes our bodies what they are. Why some people are able to resist the biggest diseases while some others fall ill on 300 out of 365 days a year? It is the food that makes the difference.
• Please make some poor eat your leftover food at the same time or keep it for the crows but do not keep it in the fridge to be eaten over time again.
• Knead the dough in the amount needed for one time or maximum two times usage. Do not make extra food, so that it is not left over at the first place.
• Do not keep the “moh” of leftover food and discard it by all means.
• Pulses if eaten hours after cooking increase “vatta dosha” and gives you pain in the body depending upon your body constitution. This is more common for the elderly.
• Those of you who are “lazy bones”, just think- food is the main thing around which the whole world rotates, if you do not find time for cooking food, what else are you going to get time for? Cooking simple 1 veg meal would also do, but please do not keep eating the same food for next meal timings.
I will not bombard you with no. of scientific reasons for the same; rather I would just say “Try making fresh food for yourselves every time and see the difference in your health. You would feel more active, more powerful, happy and disease free.
Until next time, take care!
About the Author
Dr Sahiba Wadhwa is an intern in a BDS college
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