Looking back at the history

There are no two thoughts that homo erectile has come a long way from being hunter-gatherers to becoming civilized human beings… This has been a phenomenal evolution as every aspect of man’s life underwent several changes with each era. The tides of time educated him through various thick and thin. Nature has always been crude with its rule of survival of the fittest and man have adapted with every challenge posed by nature and thrived in every situation.

The same can be said about the food habits of man. From feeder to the human stomach to tantalizing his taste buds the choice and motive of eating has seen a transformational evolution. There was a time when man indulged in a nomadic life which demanded high amounts of proteins, fats and calories. But today with the sedentary lifestyle where man is glued to his chairs his dietary needs have also changed.

The vogue of becoming a vegetarian

Addressing this demand for change, the veg culture is becoming more and more mainstream. Also because of the rage from health bloggers, doctors and our idols who glamorized the vegetarian life, there has been a great drift in man’s choice of food.

However, it’s a common human trait to resist change and come out of the comfort zone; the drastic change in the food platter may not be as easy as it seems in the beginning. For longtime commitment, we have gathered some amazing hacks that would make it easy breezy for you to stick to your decision.

How to become a vegetarian?

Human mind is programmed to reasoning and logic while taking decisions. So take a pen and paper to jot down the specific reasons as to what motivated you to take down the lane of a vegetarian life. Here are some of the appealing reasons that might help you fill out the blank space of your paper.

Build a sturdy willpower

People become vegetarians for many reasons, including health, spirituality, supporting cruelty against animal or just a mere desire to eat greens. However, becoming a vegetarian is much more than a choice; it’s a commitment to connect with your spiritual self and lead a healthy. While for some it might be a swift and smooth transition, for some it might be a lonely lane, having a firm willpower and determination would definitely help you reach your destination.

Look at the brighter side always:

  • Getting the sleek slender figure of your dreams: Drifting to a vegetarian diet helps to cut down the fats naturally.While meat provides a lot of protein, it also provides a ton of saturated fat which accumulates to form the budging waist.
  • Protect yourself from the plight of flu: Food poisoning is a common risk for the meat – eaters. No matter how alluring they may seem, dead meat is a good breeding ground for the harmful bacteria which is a potent carrier of many diseases.
  • Get a good boost of nutrition: As you skip meat, you tend to be more cautious towards fulfilling the nutritional balance in the body. Conscious decisions about nutrient-packed food items lead you to the peak of your health.
  • Discovering a completely new array of options: While the meat-eaters believe that vegetarians stick to just a handful of options. It’s actually the other way round. There is a huge array of great delicacies from different corners of the world that you can eat a new dish all 365 days round the year.

Go for substitutes

Instead of depriving yourself of foods you love, find their plant-based substitutions. You can’t stick to something for long if it does not give you any happiness. Look for the amazing substitutes like dairy products, tofu and Indian veg snacks that would surely keep you from missing the meat.

Keep your taste buds satisfied

It’s a myth that eating healthy means eating tasteless food. There are tons of good recipes that would not only satiate your hunger but also satisfy your taste buds.  Get some amazing easy to do recipes and discover the different shades of a vegetarian life. Go for some low-calorie deserts or enjoy the many benefits of yogurt.

Get adequate protein

Another myth about vegetarianism is that it leads to lack of protein. In fact, there are a lot of options for a vegetarian to fulfill the protein requirement of the body. Keep your plate colourful with green leafy veggies, yellow corns, white dairy products, and all the amazing fruits and smoothies.

Indulge in fresh fruits

Fresh fruits don’t just look juicy and luscious they are also the power pack of nutrition. Fruits not only keep your system detoxified and healthy but also gives you a slender figure and flawless skin.

Be proud of your choice

Talk to your friends and family how becoming vegetarian has changed your life for good. Tell them about your experiences and the foods that you have liked lately. Stay away from the people who might tempt you to try a piece of meat or fish.

Have fun

Most of all, don’t make becoming a vegetarian be a restrictive, grueling ordeal. If you feel like you’re depriving yourself, you won’t last long. But if you feel like you’re doing something good, and trying out some great-tasting food, you’ll stick with it for much longer. Have a great time along the way.

At tough times remember why made this choice

All days might not be same. While most of the days would just pass on, but sometime you might find this tempting craving to chew in the flesh. Just rub your memory focusing on why you made this choice and it will surely motivate you to stick to your decision.

Heavy meals filled with meat, fish, egg etc. makes you feel full and sluggish. It reduces your productivity at work and makes you feel sleepy. Switching to high fibre nutritious vegetarian meals keeps your fresh and energetic for all the work and play.

Don’t blame Arnab Goswami when your Husband misses the Art of Chewing while Eating

Mindful eating and careful chewing of the food are slowly missing out of context in the present day scenario where we enjoy eating while watching TV. Media has a huge impact in many ways and in India certain news channels are popular for highlighting issues without sparing emotions. It is pretty common for anyone to involve, participate and become emotional by going along with the flow while watching anchors like Arnab Goswami.

I would like to share a real-time illustration. A young couple visited my hospital for consultation during which the lady took over the conversation while the husband remind quiet wearing a patient smile. He has been suffering from discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen, burps on and off, constipation and flatulence. Being an engineer, he leaves home as early as 7:00 am and reaches home by around 8:30 pm. Naturally he reaches home hungry and picks up anything available to eat. This would continue with dinner followed by fruits, typically his eating spans for 90 minutes. He earnestly and enthusiastically watches Arnab Goswami and keeps eating something or the other through-out. It is needless to mention that he takes the debating program pretty seriously and exercise his emotional rights whenever necessary. All of it ends with Arnab concluding the show, he then heads towards his bed. His wife and others eventually have to deal with the orchestra of farting and different unpleasant noises for the rest of the night. Yes, it’s a serious concern which has nothing to do with Arnab. There is a lot to be considered in terms of eating habits, especially when television is involved in the process.

Avoiding TV Hazards – 

For all the justifiable reasons, TV is aptly called as an Idiot Box and it continues to be one. In this scenario, the gentleman’s problem is that he doesn’t chew his food properly while he focuses a lot on the TV show rather than healthy eating. As a result of it, he also gained 12 Kilos in just two years. It is good to be aware of the TV Hazards that are often being ignored.

TV is unduly projected as a devise for entertainment and cool time pass which is not the case in reality. In the context of eating, most of the time people including kids and elders prefer to eat while watching the TV. It’s a huge distraction that also negatively affects digestion, leading to various issues related to gastroenterology. It is better to avoid watching television at least while eating which is both healthy and time saving.

  • A study published in the JAMA Network Journals, found that televisions, particularly those with action and sound, are bad for the waistline as viewers eat more while watching action films than those watching an interview programme.
  • According to the researchers, viewing TV encourages sedentary lifestyle just like other distracting activities such as reading, listening to radio and interacting with companions during meals.

Why chew food? 

It is often told that chewing food enhances health, but are there any credible scientific reasons behind that notion? Yes, there are quite a few convincing reasons that support such a notion.

  • Firstly, chewing well leads to easy digestion and helps a person maintaining healthy weight. It is possible because more nutrients and energy is absorbed which is also enhanced by more exposure to saliva.
  • Chewing is also a better exercise to the teeth and the anchoring bones.
  • Chewing also helps in balancing the bacterial activity in the intestine; excess bacterial activity is required for digestion if food is swallowed in a complex form which leads to other gastric complications.
  • On a lighter vein, tasty food is to enjoy and cherish which is possible only by careful chewing.

Expert advice about proportionate chewing and mindful eating – 

  • Chew in smaller bits, slowly and in timely intervals.
  • Chew completely, swallow it and then go for another bite. Do not take fluids before swallowing the food.
  • Eat only when hungry because hunger is not the only trigger.
  • Have a set and scheduled time to eat food and ensure that same is chewed well.

The gentleman who came for consultation along with his wife could realize the significance of healthy and mindful eating apart from discipline in terms of chewing his food. He followed the expert advice and as a result, he is now a happy husband. His family is also happy along with him and there is absolutely no restriction about watching his favorite shows on TV, just that healthy eating is given a better focus.