Five Healthy Eating Habits of Our Parents We Should Adopt

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 Truthfully speaking, even 10 years back, people were not too worried about their health as well as their figure, but all of a sudden, there has been an upsurge of staying fit. And when we look at the older generations, we realize that we have a much higher mortality rate due to obesity, blood pressure and stress than them at our age. Why is that, you might wonder? However, if you check, you would notice that there are some significant differences between our food choices and theirs. We have seen our parents eat food rich in carbohydrates, fats and every other conceivable “bad” stuff and stay healthy. However, there is a difference between good carbs and bad, and today, let us look at what are the habits which we should cultivate from the past to keep ourselves fit.

 

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  1. First of all, our parents ate more often at home. No matter what choice you are making, until and unless you know exactly what goes into your food, you will never be able to make healthy choices. So cooking food at home is an integral part of getting fitter. When you know what goes in your food, you can actively reduce things which you know are bad for you, or not eat what you do not want.
  2. Secondly, our parents ate a lot of things which they did not like the taste of, simply because it was good for them. Remember the neem leaves that you might have gotten in your dinner plate, and your grandmother would not let you leave the table without you finishing them? They might just be the reason for your skin to be still so great. Or maybe the greens which you were forced to finish. They just might be the reason why you are still so strong. So, eat wisely, and think before eating.
  3. There was a lot of different food elements involved in the plate. As a child, I remember my mom and grandmother cooking a number of different vegetables for my meals. The breakfast would be with a couple of slices of toast, without butter, with an egg and a fruit or a bowl of vegetables with two phulkas, followed by a cup of hot tea. Lunch would consist of rice, with at least two vegetables (one would be plain boiled and the other one would be a lightly stir-fried one), with daal or a piece of fish. Chicken and mutton as well as other non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian (like paneer and dishes that were supposed to be rich) delicacies came once, maximum twice a week. We were used to eating a lot of vegetables then. Nowadays, it has become a rule to eat meat virtually once a day.
  4. Our parents ate fresh food. Since the fridge was a concept that was pretty much unheard-of, they shopped every day, and ate freshly cooked food every day. It has been found out that people who eat fresh food every day are way healthier than those who keep food in the fridge. Fridge actually reduces the nutrition quotient of most vegetables and fruits by almost half, if not more. So, it is a good idea to shop your vegetables and fruits as often as possible, and not keep them in the fridge for more than a couple of days.
  5. Eating in moderation was a popular thing. As a child, I was perhaps given one piece of chocolate (about 10 grams) if I was really good, and that too, maybe once a week, if my mother felt I should have it. Eating chocolates every day was an unheard-of concept then, as well as eating a whole chocolate. Even adults used to savor chocolates and other delicacies slowly. Enjoying food’s taste, rather than eating a lot of it was the order of the day.

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As a result, they could actually manipulate what they ate and made wise choices, whereas the same cannot be said about us. So make these wise choices more often and see a marked difference in the way you stay fit.

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46 COMMENTS

  1. Very true….. small but great tips which we have forgotten in our busy lifestyle….

    Am going to try and implement these back in my lifestyle….

    great article…. pls do more such articles….

  2. good one poorna!i really agree with home cooked part.. these days in a busy lifestyle.. ppl including me tend to store too much in the fridge and then blame the food when we have health issues…

    • 🙂 It is actually not too difficult once you make some simple but smart choices. I generally pick up veggies on my way from work, and then cook them up that day, and try to consume as fast as possible.

  3. A VERY DIFFERENT POST Poorna..i must tell you that my thali looks exactly the same..i keep 2-3 variety of vegetables in my platter..Also, i don have a sweet tooth so i just don like to have artificial sugar ..fruits are my life and i find myself losing all my excess weight..it makes me feel so sexy too 🙂

    just reduced carbs and go on natural fruits and vegetables.

    • Yeah, I generally do the same. For example, lunch this afternoon consists of a katori of rice, with some cooked green papaya sabzi, daal, bhindi, and aam chutney in the end. So healthy and tasty for the season.

  4. what does me in is my sweet tooth!but am trying to reduce it.. i have stopped keeping any sweets or mithai in the house!this morn i was dreaming of roti ka laddoo that mom would make hehe

  5. being a vegetarian, i do add lots of vegetables to my diet.. but i alwyas eat chapati or rice.. have forgotten ragi and other cereals.. i m slowing introducing them back to my menu.. btw lovely clicks and nice tips poorna.. 🙂

    • Laxmi, it is a good idea to add cereals, but it is also important to check nutrition value as well as the suitability to your body type before you have them. For example, many people are gluten-intolerant, and wheat is a killer for them.

  6. Very nicely written Poori. :yes: My mom n granny have always been insistent on these rules n they have stuck by us. Thankfully, my hubby prefers veg over non-veg just like I do, so it makes things easier 🙂

    • Which is a great thing, and although I do not say Non-Veg is not good, but I will say that eating food which is non-veg in moderation is a huge key to getting thinner.

  7. Very nice post girl!!! I must add one healthy diet that our parents and grand parents sweared by. Its shud desi ghee in the diet in right proportions. Its a must have. Since the time I have added it to my diet I have started seeing a healthier me.

    • Actually! Desi ghee as well as good quality butter is one of the essential things for healthier skin and eyes (all that vitamin E). However, its important to get grade-A quality without preservatives (or as minimum as possible).

  8. I totally agree panu…fresh food does mk a diff..this hectic life and d fridge concept has robbed us of that…bas…when possible v shud def hav fresh Khanna…

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