Sunday, June 15, 2008

More vegetables and fruits for better health

Vegetables and fruits are natural sources of energy. Our ancient healing science Ayurveda suggests 'You are what you eat'. Vegetables have the power to enhance the 'Satwik' energy in us which will result in a healthy mind. More chilly and masala will lead to more anger and anxiety.
Healthy diet will result in a strong immune system and create a sense of well being. Fruits are low in calories but rich with variety of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. They have a lot of fiber which eases our digestion. Eating fruits will reduce the risk of stroke and heart diseases. Fruits will help to control your weight.
Children love Fresh juices. Its a health mix too. The effort you put into making a juice will make you and your family more healthy and happy. This thought compel me to buy more fruits every week. Salads are also a quick way to include raw vegetables in the diet.
In Kerala, almost all homes in villages have at least one 'kula Pazham'(bunch of banana) hanging in the store room, its a tempting scene. Place the fruits in a common place, easy to view. Reduce the quantity of other snacks. Add one fruit in breakfast. Convince your child about the positive factors of fruits and vegetables. Schools can do a lot of awareness in this field. My son is studying in Sree Sree Ravishankar Vidya Mandir at Kochi they have instructions to keep Tuesday as 'salad day' and Friday as 'Fruits day'. On that days snacks will be salads or fruits. They celebrate birthdays with out coockies, we can send Raisins, dates, cashew nuts, almonds and other dried fruits instead of chocolates or cakes. Raisins and dates are also rich with Iron and Calcium. Chakka, Papaya, Mango, Aathakka and Pineapple are the common fruits available in Kerala.

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