It’s said “Health is Wealth” but how many of us follow this religiously? In this busy world and fast pace of life, health falls in last category, be it man or woman. We tend to ignore the basic priority – “to nourish our body” so that we can stay healthy and fit. Ever wondered why is it so? I think it’s because we have never considered it on our chart as our basic priority. We all know that we shouldn’t eat without brushing our teeth as it’s harmful for health. But have we ever thought that eating junk food or skipping meals or not exercising will take toll on our health? Definitely we all think so, but we never strive, or say, push ourselves to “Eat healthy and Stay healthy“. I think one reason can be that we have not followed the principle to eat healthy or to exercise since childhood (at least for me it’s true).
But as said “Jab Jaago Tab Savera” (React when you Realise), we should join hands with our partner/loved ones and start following a healthy regimen to avoid unnecessary popping of pills and visit to doctor.
Obesity is a major health issues faced by six out ten people in India, out of which majority will be woman. The reason being she is the one who is the soul of the house. Every single person depends on her, be it for guidance, sustenance or affection. She multi-tasks easily, keeping everyone around happy and her needs last.
I too being woman shared same compassion of multi tasking and keeping everyone around fit and healthy. But I have never realized the fact that in this journey, post marriage I have gained love but am losing my health. I became obese (was 25kgs overweight), suffered from migraine attacks, started falling frequent sick etc. Its been since an year back when I realised that being healthy is not for me but for my family too. How can I keep someone else healthy unless I myself is not fit and fine. I committed myself to regular exercise and eating healthy food which started showing on me and I lost 15 kgs of weight.
I just came across an initiative started by Saffola Life #ProtectHerHeart in which they have listed facts on improving heart health and are trying to spread awareness to keep your heart healthy and you going. I have read many books and researched a lot by reading articles and posts over internet and learnt that slight changes in your lifestyle makes lot of difference on your health. I am listing some slight changes which I have incorporated into my daily routine and which has helped me to improve my heart and keep my family healthy and active.
- Walk when you talk. By saying this I mean, try to move as much as possible. Don’t sit for hours at one place. Small steps makes lots of difference. Also, it will be great if you can take out half an hour from your daily schedule and walk. It helps in reducing risk of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, asthma, diabetes etc.
- Use Less Oil: We all know that consumption of oil in generous quantities increases risk to serious diseases. Let me tell you, oil do not has a taste of its own, it just allows spices and food to blend together and hence enhances the taste of food. I follow a ritual of using one teaspoon of oil for one person and cook food accordingly. I should tell you, food tastes delicious irrespective of less oil in it.
- Drink 2-3 litres of water a day: Make sure that you drink 2-3 litres of water a day as it allows to flush toxins out of our body and keep hydrated. Do you know, times when you feel the urge of hunger, its actually when you are thirsty and end up eating something unhealthy. So tune yourself to water and make sure you drink it too in short intervals.
- Incorporate colors in your food: Make sure while you are eating food, your plate is full of colors. By saying a colorful plate I mean to say that you should consume combination of all vegetables,curd, milk and fruits. Your diet should include food rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber.
What you are eating makes lot of difference to your health, but it do not mean that you can ignore the importance of workout as the ratio of food:workout is 70:30. While you workout, blood flow increases and your heart pumps faster making it healthy and stay strong.
So stay committed to yourself and pledge within to “Eat healthy and Stay healthy”