Since working in wellness industry for many years, my desire for blogging on delicious food which everyone could enjoy and at the same time be healthy, grew stronger and stronger. This carried me over to researching all these years, for some healthy recipes and found many, not that pleasing for my palates or were unhealthy; so I was a bit disappointed.
Inspired by the great speech of a doctor, my thoughts rolled back to my childhood days, when my family was eating very tasty foods and at the same time were healthy too. I don’t remember visiting a doctor for the exception of fracturing my shoulder, that too a country vaidyan (traditional medicine practitioner who never studied in a medical school) but treated me with some fresh leaves and homemade oils. By the way the place referred to here is a small village in Kerala, India.
Right now I am thinking of my grandparents who were very hard-working, since they had to manage acres of cultivated lands and paddy fields as well as goats, cows, chickens, rabbits, honey bees etc. They lived a long and healthy life too. So I went back to those days and researched their life style and eating habits including their cuisines’ some of which I will be sharing with you here.
Now I am in my ancestral home with my grandparents (its only in spirit because they are no more) whose mixi was 2 well-shaped stones on which all the grindings were done, mineral deficiency was out of question in those days; washing machine was a piece of rock and cooking fuel was fire wood, vessels were mud pots of various
shapes and sizes; food storage was done on a hanging piece of coir (Uri) instead of a fridge, there was no electricity and kerosene lamps were the only source of light.
While men would toil hard in the fields, women had to do multi tasking chores like cleaning the house, cooking, washing clothes, fetching water, fire wood and taking care of children and elderly people. Since there was no fridge to store food, they could eat freshly cooked meals with just plucked vegetables and fruits. Meat, Poultry and fishes also were very fresh and organic. Honey was consumed now and then from bee hives which were grown in the house. Fresh toddy straight from toddy tree or coconut tree was a very healthy drink every morning. I loved the sweet toddy which tasted like sugar cane juice. My mother would make Jaggery and Pani (something like melted jaggery) from it; the yummy taste of it vow…my mouth is watering right now.
Eating well was the need of the time since they had to work hard the whole day; walk kilometers daily to go to neighbors or relatives houses, shops, schools, churches, temples and mosques. There were no bakeries and fast foods. No packet milk or soft drinks and everything consumed were natural. Sunday was the only rest day for my grand parents.
Joint family system reigned everywhere and family as well as neighborhood bonds were very strong. So, 4D (Physical, mental, emotional and social) health was taken care of very naturally. Morning and evening bathings were done mostly in rivers, ponds or near the wells, which had very cool and good water. The above were the routine habits of everyone. Those who did not have their own properties and fields would go to others fields to work and earn their livelihood. Since there was no electricity or television the days would end by 7.00 pm. After a whole days hard toil, no one would be awake from 8.00 pm to 5.00 am. The song “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy and wealthy and wise” is really upright here I feel !.
Let me now take you to my grandma’s healthy school for making delicious food for you and your family’s healthy eating. Wish everyone who visits this site an awesome experience in getting some ideas for obtaining good health of mind and body.
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Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India – A Great Visionary & True Leader
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How Your Bad Habits Affect Your Health
‘Crack’ Your Knuckles
It doesn’t just annoy your friends and co-workers — it may not be very good for you, either. A substance called synovial fluid keeps your joints moving easily. The sound your knuckles make when they “crack” comes when you pop tiny bubbles in that fluid. If you do it all the time, you’re more likely to have swollen hands and a weaker grip over time. It doesn’t seem to raise your chances of arthritis, though.
Bite Your Nails
This can damage your teeth as well as the skin around your nail bed, which can lead to infection. You also may get more colds and other illnesses when you put your fingers, which often carry germs, into your mouth. It can help to keep your nails neatly trimmed or manicured. If stress could be the reason for your habit, you might try things like exercise to manage it. Talk to your doctor if you want help stopping.
Cheat Yourself on Sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re not just turning yourself into a daytime zombie — you also could be more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. And it might be harder for you to learn and remember things. Set a regular sleep routine and stick with it. And do your best to get 7-8 hours a night.
Blast Your Headphones
Sound is measured in decibels — normal conversation is about 60 decibels. It’s best to keep the volume in your headphones below 75 (about as loud as a vacuum cleaner) to be safe. And don’t listen for more than a couple of hours at a time. You’re more likely to lose hearing as you age if you’re around loud noise a lot. That happens with more than half of us by age 75. Hearing loss in older adults is linked to thinking problems and even brain tissue loss.
Surf before Bed
Not waves — the Internet. The “blue light” given off by electronic gadgets like phones, computers, and TVs can mess up your sleep. And some studies show that too much of any kind of nighttime light might be linked to cancer (especially breast and prostate), diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Calm yourself before bed. If you want to read something, open up a book. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet for better sleep.
Sit for Long Periods
Most Americans spend too much time in chairs. Part of the problem is the modern workplace, where you may hunker over your computer for hours on end. This slows down your metabolism, which means you could gain weight. It’s also linked to other health problems, including heart disease. There’s an easy fix, though: Just get up now and then and move around. Even a 10-minute walk each day can help.
Drink Too Much
Men who have more than 14 alcoholic beverages a week — and women who have more than seven — are more likely to have kidney disease, liver disease, digestive issues, heart problems, bone damage, and even some cancers. Studies have shown that moderate drinking — up to a drink a day for women and two a day for men — could possibly lower your chances of certain heart conditions. But if you don’t drink alcohol, that’s not a reason to start.
Eat Too Much
If you make a habit of it — even if it’s healthy food — you’re likely to gain weight. That can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and it can raise your chances of certain kinds of cancer. Check portion sizes before meals and measure out snacks you have in front of the TV, so you know exactly how much you’re eating.
Eat Too Quickly
It can leave you less satisfied — and make you more likely to overeat over the course of the day.
You did a full brush, isn’t that enough? Nope, you need to clean between your teeth, too, if you want to do all you can to get rid of plaque, the sticky bacteria-filled film that causes cavities.
Eat Junk Food
Soda, candy, and pastries have lots of calories and little nutrition, and all that sugar gets into your blood too quickly.
Spend Too Much Time Alone
It’s not how many people you know or how often you see them — what matters is that you feel connected to others.
This bad habit affects nearly every organ in your body. It can lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, bronchitis, emphysema, and other health problems.
Go to a Tanning Bed
It’s just not a good idea. Women with lighter hair and skin — who get skin cancer more often — are also more likely than others to use tanning beds, which can make the chances of it even higher.
Family Health History: What You Should Know
Why Does Your Doctor Ask for It?
All those questions about your relatives’ health conditions can seem like a bother, but they help her know what to be on the lookout for with you. For example, if your father has high blood pressure, she might want to keep a closer eye on yours.
What Does Your Doctor Need to Know?
You should tell him about any ongoing conditions (like diabetes or asthma) or serious illnesses (like cancer or a stroke) your parents, grandparents, and siblings have or had and how old they were when the health problem started.
What Health Conditions Run in Families?
If a close relative had a certain condition or illness, that doesn’t mean you’ll get it — your chances may just be higher than other people’s.
Does My Ethnicity Matter?
Your doctor may ask about your race because people who have roots in certain parts of the world are more likely to have some conditions.
How Do I Get Information?
If you don’t know much about your close relatives’ health, find some time to ask about it. If they can’t help you, talk to other family members — aunts, uncles, or cousins — to see what you can find out.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s office has an easy way for you to collect this kind of information.
If you have questions your relatives can’t answer, death certificates or medical records can give you specifics like age at death, cause of death, and ethnic background.
If you don’t know much about your relatives and don’t have time to research it on your own, there are companies that can help fill out your family tree.
You can go a step further if you get your genes tested, sometimes called DNA testing.
What If I Don’t Have the Right Information?
You may not have all the answers, and that’s OK. Just talk to your doctor about the information you do have or tell her that you don’t know much about your family health history.
Brain Foods That May Help Prevent Dementia
The MIND Diet
This is a combination of two diets that have well-known health benefits — Mediterranean and DASH.
Brain-Healthy Food Groups
The MIND diet has 10 groups: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine. You have to love a diet that has wine as a food group.
The diet calls for beans every other day, poultry twice a week, and fish once a week.
Vegetables and Grains
You’ll need a salad, one other vegetable, and three servings of whole grains every day.
Nuts and berries are ideal snacks — both have been linked to better brain health.
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It’s delicious on bread, salad, pasta, cooked greens, and any number of other things. I
The MIND diet specifically limits red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.
How to Break Your Phone Habit
The MIND diet specifically limits red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.
Do You Need to Cut Back?
A number of apps can tell you how much time you spend on your phone and how long you’re in each app.
Turn Off Alerts
It’s easier to ignore your phone if it doesn’t buzz every few seconds with a text, email, or social media update.
Put a Rubber Band on Your Phone
It’s a little reminder to turn off the part of your brain that does things without thinking.
Get an Alarm Clock
When you use your phone’s alarm to wake up in the morning, you’re more likely to get sucked into checking your email, texts, and social media.
Go Cold Turkey
Some experts suggest going without your phone for 3 days. That can help you kick bad phone habits and find new, healthier things to do instead.
If you can’t imagine life without your phone for 3 days, set aside certain times that are phone-free in your household.
Plan Some Offline Fun
Try something simple like reading a book or going to the park with your dog. No need to post pictures about any of that on social media.
Create Phone-Free Zones
It’s not a great idea to take your phone out in the bathroom.
‘Do Not Disturb’
Some smartphones have a setting that lets you limit certain parts of your phone during a set time every day.
Get Rid of Apps
Those games are designed to keep you coming back for more, but they can’t if they’re not there.
Some apps can help limit the time you spend on your phone by locking you out of certain things during set times of day or after you’ve spent a specific amount of time on them.
Talk the (Right) Talk
You’re more likely to leave your phone in your pocket if you say “I don’t check my phone at dinner” than if you say “I can’t check my phone at dinner.”
If you want to spend less time on your phone but are concerned that people will think you’re rude or get upset if you don’t respond quickly, just tell them.
Trade Your Smartphone for a ‘Dumbphone’
If the temptation of a pocket-sized computer is just too much, a cellphone that can only call and text might be a solution.
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Omelet lovers, rejoice. Eating an egg or two a day doesn’t raise the risk of heart disease in healthy people.
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Being Cold Gives You a Cold
No matter what your grandma might’ve told you, spending too much time in the cold air doesn’t make you sick.
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Eating breakfast does help some people lose weight. It can stave off hunger, and it might prevent random eating later in the day.
Green Mucus Means Infection
The contents of your tissue can’t take the place of a lab test. Studies show that green or yellow mucus is slightly more common in certain bacterial infections.
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Sugar isn’t good for kids, but research shows the sweet stuff won’t cause them to act out, hurt their schoolwork, or make them unable to focus.
A Toilet Seat Can Make You Sick
Don’t stress if you can’t cover the seat. Toilet seats are usually pretty clean — it’s bathroom doors, door handles, and floors that tend to be covered with bugs like E. coli, norovirus (a.k.a. “stomach flu”), and the flu.
Weird Body Quirks: From Brain Freeze to Hiccupping
The Brain Freeze
Oh no, not again! Another frozen treat, another brain freeze. “Ice cream headaches” happen when something cold touches nerves in the roof of the mouth, triggering blood vessels in the front of your head to swell.
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The Brain Freeze
Oh no, not again! Another frozen treat, another brain freeze. “Ice cream headaches” happen when something cold touches nerves in the roof of the mouth, triggering blood vessels in the front of your head to swell. This rapid swelling causes the familiar, jabbing pain of a brain freeze. An easy solution? Try eating ice cream or other cold foods more slowly to avoid getting a headache.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Sure, it’s a mood killer, but this problem is very common and happens to completely healthy people.
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Whoa! If it feels like the room’s moving when it’s not, it could be vertigo. Sometimes caused by inner ear problems or nerve damage, vertigo can last minutes, even hours.
Arm or Leg Goes to Sleep
Ever get that dull feeling in your arm or leg like it’s asleep? This temporary and harmless sensation is caused by constant pressure on nerves, leaving them unable to transmit messages to your brain.
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Ear Wax Buildup
Keep fingers and cotton swabs out of your ear canals. Earwax helps fight infection, keeps ears clean, and our bodies naturally get rid of excess earwax through the ear opening.
Black Hairy Tongue
No, this isn’t something from a creature feature. Black hairy tongue occurs when the little bumps on your tongue grow long (instead of shedding), and bacteria grow on them.
Eyelid spasms are unpredictable, bothersome, and harmless. Eye twitching can be caused by stress, fatigue, eyestrain, caffeine, and dry eyes, though more serious twitching may be caused by neurological disorders, like Tourette’s syndrome.
Overdevelopment of Male Breasts
Gynecomastia is usually caused by normal changes in hormone levels at birth, puberty, and later in life. For newborns and boys, the ratio of estrogens (female hormones) to androgens (male hormones) balances out in time.
Dark Circles under the Eyes
Got raccoon eyes? People blame age or fatigue for these dark circles and they’re right.
Excessive Hair Growth
Few women enjoy excess hair on their face and body, but while hirsutism can be embarrassing, it’s generally harmless. Hirsutism affects about 5% of women.
Curious about color changes in your nails? About 50% of nail problems are caused by fungal infections.
Red Nose From Rosacea
Rosacea often causes red patches on the sensitive skin of the face. In rare cases the nose becomes thickened and bumpy, a condition called rhinophyma.
Canker sores are small ulcers inside the mouth. They are also called aphthous ulcers.
Arm or Leg Goes to Sleep
Ever get that dull feeling in your arm or leg like its asleep? This temporary and harmless sensation is caused by constant pressure on nerves, leaving them unable to transmit messages to your brain. The cure is simple: change positions.
13 Lies You Tell Your Doctor (and Why You Shouldn’t)
Put It All Out There
If there’s ever a place to be honest about your habits and your health, it’s your doctor’s office.
‘I Never Binge Drink’
Don’t want to tell your doc just how hard you party? Binge drinking can throw test results off and send your doctor down the wrong path if you have health problems.
‘I Quit Smoking’
It may seem like a harmless way to avoid a lecture, but your doctor needs to know if you smoke.
‘I Eat Mostly Kale … ’
“… Unless there are doughnuts nearby.” If you leave out this last part while your weight and “bad” cholesterol skyrocket, your tall tale could lead to less effective treatment.
‘I Run Every Day’
Tell your doctor the truth about your exercise habits. It will help her figure out how to keep you healthy.
‘I Had Sex With 1 Person This Year’
‘I Don’t Have Any STDs’
If you think you have one, know you have one, or have had one in the past, tell your doctor.
‘I’m Not Sleeping With Anyone’
Lying about having sex — or who you’re having it with — appears to be pretty common.
‘My Sex Life Is Great’
If you have trouble in the bedroom — low sex drive or erectile dysfunction (ED) — it can be a sign of an illness and your doctor should know about it, especially if you’re young and otherwise healthy.
‘I Feel Great!’
Don’t ignore little things that may be bothering you — they could be valuable clues to your doctor.
‘I Don’t Do Drugs’
This can be a dangerous lie. If your doctor prescribes you medication, it may react with street drugs and make you sick or cause other problems.
‘I Don’t Take Supplements’
Afraid to get into a discussion with your doctor about those vitamin supplements you buy at the grocery store?
‘I Take My Pills’
About half of people who are chronically sick don’t take their medication the way they’re supposed to.
‘I Don’t Take Over-the-Counter Medication’
It’s important to tell your doctor about all the medication you take.
Adult Conditions Kids Can Get, Too
Almost 1 in 3 American kids is considered overweight or obese, based on a measure of their age, height, and weight called body mass index (BMI).
Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments
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April 2009 Issue
Evolutionary Eating — What We Can Learn From Our Primitive Past
By Juliann Schaeffer
Vol. 11 No. 4 P. 36
Believing our genes are nutritionally tied to the Paleolithic age, some scientists are hunting for clues and gathering answers that may shed light on modern disease and dietary imbalances.
We live in a digital age—a world in constant motion, constant change. So one may question, understandably so, what today’s technology-toting, fast-food–frequenting individuals could learn by looking back on the lives of hunter-gatherers from the Paleolithic Era, a period that lasted about 2.5 million years and ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. According to some scientists, modern humans could gain some valuable dietary insight. Read More….
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