Remember the dadimaa’s remedy of eating ghee for any illness? Or eating loads of groundnuts and rich sweets during the winters? And the ‘Mango parties’ – the craze in the summer vacations, a decade ago? These were all traditional approaches to a once accepted healthy approach to desi diet.
Now with younger and younger people falling ill and getting diseases due to their non-sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle, they have become health and fitness conscious. Quoting Shakespeare – “If health is lost, something is lost”, remaining fit is more than a fashion led activity. Be it walking, jogging, gym, aerobics, toning, power yoga or dancing, everyone is vigorously and enthusiastically trying to be fit and healthy.
It is no more butter ladened parathas or dollops of cream. They are now replaced by semi-skimmed or skimmed milk with cereals and brown bread toast. ‘Eat the breakfast like a king, lunch like a common man and dinner like a beggar’ is the new principle followed by the health conscious junta. People have realised the importance of being fit and healthy.
However, it should not be overdone. In this world of supplements, one must not forget the importance and essence of the food gifted by nature. Along with fresh fruit and vegetables playing their major role in a healthy diet, it is still felt that – ‘It’s worth having a spoonful ghee everyday even though it means running an extra mile.’
Fitness is not just a physical. One needs to be positive and optimistic about life. You have to love life to live life. Therefore, the fitness circle is increased to include a healthy emotional and spiritual quotient as well. These things may sound a little obscure for a newcomer wanting to change their lifestyle to a more healthty one, but once you ingrain it into the schedule of your life, you will definitely feel a deep sense of satisfaction and happiness.
There is never a good time or bad time to make such changes as you will never know until you try, and starting by changing small things in diet and exercise, can only lead to better things for a healthier lifestyle.