Understanding Food Consumption


Food is the core of our life. In fact, many scriptures and historical texts of the past suggest that the donation of food is one of the most pious donations to make as food is the substance of life and existence, just like water. The nature of work and workload of the past were a lot different from how it is today. In the past we had warriors, kings, wanderers, craftsmen, farmers and priests, each of them were known to have food that supports them in the work they do. A king and soldier were probably fond of meat that could give them the energy to fight wars, while the priests probably had simple fruits and vegetables as their work was more intellectual than physical. 

Today, the nature of work has changed and food habits are the direct result of your economic status. A labourer might work ten hours a day in the field, but he/she cannot afford good food because they are not financially able. Similarly, a Managing Director of a company might have absolutely no strenuous physical activity as his/her work will involve only intellectual work of planning and managing. However, they will be able to afford the best of the meat and bread on their plate because their economic status is far higher than that of a labourer. 

The situation of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer can lead to another world of discussion. For now, let’s focus on the importance of the right kind of food and the requirement of food for your body and how it influences your thought process. 

  1. Know when to stop 

Many of us are fond of eating a variety of food. We enjoy buffets, we relish street food and our mouth waters with the thought of desserts and sweets. There is absolutely no issue in enjoying and relishing the food we eat. We have earned it and we are blessed with it and so we can afford to enjoy it. But can enjoying too much food bother us? Yes, it can. Remember the extra Roti that you regretted after you had it or the extra scoop of ice cream that you fell for and so on. All of this caused you discomfort right? Many times you have needed digene or an Eno to make your body free of the unrest. This is where we go wrong. We need to know when to stop. In fact, many people testify that the success of a long life is to eat only 80% of your capacity, for every meal. So enjoy everything, but learn to stop, overeating of that extra something is the cause for most of the problems we have.

  1. What you need VS What you want 

This is the difference that you need to deal with every time you eat. Let us assume that you have come to have dinner in a hotel that has a buffet. It goes without saying that you’re in the mood to try some good. But is it necessary to eat everything that is available and stuff ourselves? No, right? We shouldn’t do it. This is the difference between what you need and what you want. Your body, based on your general capacity, probably needs about 2 Rotis and Sabzi along with a cup of Rice and Raita. But what you want is probably a Double Cheese Pizza. Somewhere between your wants and needs you have to decide a path for your health. At the end of the day food determines how you feel and how you think.

  1. Food for thought 

There is a lot to link between what we consume and how it impacts our mind and body. We become what we consume and this applies to food primarily. There should be a balance and a relation between what you eat and how your body uses it. If you eat meat every day and do the desired physical activity for it to digest then there will be a sense of balance in your body. Your body has earned the next day’s meat. However, if you eat meat and sit in front of your TV the whole day and then have the same thing again the next day, your mind is going to be impacted. You will feel sluggish, lazy and you will surely not be able to perform even intellectual tasks to the best of your abilities. Hence, earn your meals. 

Another concept that we see emerging today is the strong sense of relation between how the food you eat influences your thought. For instance if you consume a higher amount of food, your mind probably tends to think in a certain manner and if you eat in balance, your mind will think in a given way. This is a very subjective experience, but many have testified it. If you do not feel good after eating certain kinds of food, than refrain from doing so and stick to what gives you happiness; 

In the 21st century, food habits have certainly changed and people are surely a lot more conscious than they used to be a couple of decades ago. There are many who have chosen to become vegan too, keeping in mind many concerns. However, a lot of people today still resort to a heavy amount of unhealthy food owing to its comfort and convenience. This is a root cause for many health issues that trouble people when they get older. In order to regulate that we must understand our food consumption patterns and raise awareness about healthy food habits for a healthy lifestyle.

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