அடுத்த கேள்விக்கட்டு இங்கே!!
“We have been toiling ourselves just by cooking. If somebody cooks as nice as like home made food why do I have to cook?? Just buy!!” “We can be more productive in other things by saving this time instead of just cooking everyday” We would definitely tend to think on these lines!!!! Some of us may even feel “Food is to fill our stomach and appease our hunger and taste buds !! I have so much to do in life!!! ” One of my dear friends sighs 'Nalla poshaakaa samachu saapdu!!!’ when he sees me soaking chana and making sundal / chole instead of using a canned one.
Makkale, when we think of how things are in India, we can see that our moms spend 60% of their time in cooking and they take care that we eat fresh, good and healthy food. You may feel ' Poor lady, she always stayed at kitchen. Never she thought that its not my job and its boring etc'. Agreed.!!! Its her greatness!!! Though she has many other things to do, she did prioritize cooking and that was not doing something foolish!!! After all, she has had the greatest responsibility of taking care of our health. .. man!! Trying to put ourselves into her shoes….Any diarrhoea..any cramps.. any health issue in the family - her conscience must have been disturbed…Its so much of a responsibility. In fact, she willingly accepted it. I admire her sense of responsibility at home. Infact, she has been socially responsible as well!! Wondering why I say this?? ..
Makkale, we are all health concerned...We have bothered to be diet conscious… We work out and try to stay fit…Some of us eat more natural,uncooked stuff. We regularly check up our body. We take lots of extra vitamins, minerals and proteins as pills. We think 'all we can do is this’ and if something else happen to us, it’s unavoidable. But we are NOT doing the basic thing.... we never bother to get to learn the science of having good health by wise cooking from our own family members/ ancestors. Infact, it makes perfect sense to learn this from our own family ancestors as every family has its own food habits which are created/designed to suit their genetic make up!!
Our mom and grandmoms not only satisfied our taste buds but also gave us a well balanced, nutritious food!! Knowingly or unknowlingly they prioritized cooking and thereby paid attention to their family’s health. Kudos to their sense of responsibility (and of course, their care and patience) that has given us a decent health !!
People... We can't assume that our or the next generation will be as healthy as our parents and grand parents!!! The PRIMARY THING THAT DETERMINES OUR HEALTH IS THE FOOD THAT WE EAT!!! Other factors like pollution, exercises, usage of modern gadgets and things are secondary. I think the responsibility of producing healthy individuals to the society has drastically deteriorated in the last 15 years. People are born with all symptoms/ deficiencies right from the childhood!! What is the point in giving birth to a baby which has a deficiency right from childhood ?(which remains unknown for years).. We need to have good health to give the same to our children !! Its a joint effort to be responsible.. Indeed when our priorities are not food, we tend to be socially irresponsible in producing healthy individuals.
Let me tell you why I wished to talk about this food stuff!!! I started feeling that many of us do not take food as a serious issue now a days. I totally neglected to care about what I ate for a few months when I was in trouble with my research and lab . Infact, many people do it as they think something else is always in priority than thinking about what they eat... What are people trying to achieve by prioritising some thing else ALWAYS and not paying attention to health in the right way (through food) which is the basic thing???!!
We discover lots and lots of new diseases/ syndromes and we also try to identify a drug for it - naturally or synthetically. Irkardha vittutu parakardha pidikarom!! Science buisness!!!
Anways... If we look at any of these diseases (say like cancer/diabetes..anything..), they come from constant deficiency/ excess of a specific protein/vitamin/mineral which is due to lack of balanced diet !! And being a pharmacist, I tell you, none of these external supplements will have an effect on us for more than 5%. Beware!!! Research is just re- search. There are so many other factors that are essential to have a good health that remain undiscovered through modern science
How were these be taken care by our ancestors ? Why there are many diseases cropping up only now?? Why not in olden days? What can WE do about it?? We shall discuss that in the next post!!! Please feel free to share your opinions here !!!