Eat Right & Balanced.
Do we nurture ourselves to be healthy or simply feed ourselves to exist? For the last decade or two, we’ve been watching so-called multiple “food pyramids” displaying sample images of foods we should include in our daily diets, the recommended amount of physical activity for both children and adults, and even foods we should limit or exclude all together. It does not end here but additionally, we are regularly bombarded with nutrition advice and images of what a healthy body should look like, what is the ideal weight & skin color, etc. There is no turning on a social media outlet without seeing an ad pop up for some slimming or detoxifying tea, juice, or powder. Celebrities have fallen prey to this game. Why? Because the food industry is thriving and has become money-spinning. Consequently, we are currently entrapped in nurturing ourselves not based on what our body requirements are or know what is good for us but on what is being forced down our throats by food industry gurus who have completely monopolized our health and wellbeing. Feeding our body, mind, and soul & spirits must not be dictated by any industry or celebrity, social media, or YouTube icon. It should be decided solely based on our need to live well and healthy, regardless of our shape, color, sex, and race, and or social status. We know our bodies better than any doctor. Followers of the old practices in various religions, which are practiced primarily in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, believe that the body is made up of natural elements: earth, air, fire, water, etc. A precise balance of these elements indicates good health, while an imbalance indicates the opposite.
THE PURPOSE OF FOOD IS NOT JUST TO FULFIL PHYSICALLY. THE ACT OF EATING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST OBTAINING BASIC ENERGY AND SATISFYING A PHYSIOLOGICAL NEED; THERE IS A GREATER PURPOSE.
By now, it is clear enough that an average day’s diet must be balanced with right amount of carbs, fats, fiber and proteins. Curd, beans, lentils, chicken, fish or meat not only provide essential amino acids, but are also good sources of healthy fats and is low in calories. Therefore, it is safe to say that a typical South East Asian meal comprises of good carbs, healthy natural protein, and starch resistance which is beneficial in weight control & other aspects of healthy living.
History strongly suggests that food holds a special connotation for many civilizations and religions. For the Aztecs, maize was essential in their lives and formed part of their staple diet. Festivals and offerings were offered to honor each stage of the plant’s growth. In Christianism, the intake of bread and wine signifies communion with God, while in Judaism the challah, braided bread, represents the blessing over which the Sabbath meal begins. In the case of Muslims, dates are traditionally eaten to break the fast of Ramadan, which symbolically recalls the tradition that the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) broke his fast by eating three dates.
At www.khanafresh.com we firmly believe that preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits too. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way, that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own wellbeing and fragility.
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RESEARCHED, COMPILED & AUTHORED BY
Khana Fresh – Chicago-IL.