When we say “cheeni kum” most of the people hold their sugar in tea or coffee,but the fact is that there is hidden sugar present in most of the processed foods and drinks and even in what we consider healthier options-low fat yogurt,fresh orange juice,a grilled chicken sub etc.
Corn flakes,potatoes,wheat flakes,wheat chapati,white rice etc are some examples of high glycemic index foods(foods that instantly spike sugar levels in the blood). Pizza,burger,cold drinks all are loaded with sugars.
Sugar is addictive but is only an indulgence. The daily recommendation is 6 teaspoons in females and 9 teaspoons in males per day. Our diet contains more than this amount as all cereals,fruits and starches are reduced to sugar in the body. We must consume fresh seasonal fruits as they contain essential fibers also and avoid sweets.
Sugar changes “muscle protein in the heart” leading to heart failure.
When we leave consuming extra sugar either in the form of junk food or jams ,ketch ups etc the craving is so intense in the initial days because the body undergoes a massive metabolic shift.But the things become normal in a month or so.
Balancing the sugar also helps in maintaining weight.
Its upto us,to take the decision now at this very moment.If you love, you and your family ,start balancing the consumption of your sugar now.
In the Earlier post, I have talked about the traditions related to Sharad Paksha.
Today I want to touch upon another Indian tradition and its implicit sustainable aspects.
The worship of different plants and trees which are most beneficial to the environment or which are most required for that geographical locations is one such example. Indians are known to worship Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) as most pious plant which is now known to have hundreds of medicinal and therapeutic effects. It helps in purifying the air and soil as well. For example- Tulsi (Holy Basil) is an excellent anti-biotic, germicidal, fungicidal and disinfectant. It helps in protecting our body from nearly all sorts of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It also has immuno-modulatory properties. It is anti carcinogenic and it found to be effective in healing nearly all types of cancer and tumors. In recent past a number of applications were being filed for the therapeutic effects of Tulsi leaves by different foreign countries and India had to fight hard to keep them unpatented. All these effects are known since ages to the Indian community. It is made pious and worshipped as a Goddess in Indian culture. Thus it developed as a Tradition to have Tulsi plant in every home and use it daily. Thus you can see Tulsi plant in every house and concern about its growth.
There are many other such trees which were made pious and different days are allotted for them for some good reasons. Like for getting a handsome groom, girls are advised to worship Peepal(Ficus religiosa) tree and pour water in it on every Thursday. Also we are known not to cut Peepal tree as God won’t forbid us for this. There is a tradition of knotting Raksha Sutra( Red Thread) around trees and make a wish for our good fortune. The use of Neem (Azadirachta indica) on the day of Akshaya Tritiya on door of house or the culture of growing five trees in courtyard are examples of sustainability intermingled in our tradition.
Now see the implicit sustainability in this. As we have tradition of worshiping the plants, we will not cut them for any reason. We will take utmost care of them. We pour water in them daily and use them daily without any harm. Our children also learn to care of the plants. Hence these traditions take us near to nature and educate us to live in harmony with it. This leads to a win-win situation where environment has viability and in turn it benefits to human in every aspect.
Thus if any good practice converts to tradition like worshiping of trees, it will be persistent and hence will keep us sustained for a better future.
Ms Seema Gupta
We Indian are known to live with nature in full harmony. From the ancient time the Traditions of India are full of sustainability. Many examples can be cited for this.
The fortnight of Shradh parv of Hindu religion is one of such example. This time is marked by remembering our pitra by offering cooked food and doing some ritualistic pooja and then distributing the anna to Brahmana and needy people.
In this way,not only we remember our forefathers but also learn to respect the needy people and other creatures like crow and dog. The simple rituals take us near to the environment.
The light and smoke of bhog burnt with ghee removes the little insects and worms that have prospered due to Monsoon and Rainy moist 4 month season and cleans the atmosphere. Although burning dry cowdung pollutes the air yet the ghee burning does some purification of the air too.
Ms Seema Gupta