Bapu and Health.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”- Mahatma Gandhi
Father of the nation, as he was called, the man of wisdom, discipline and a fighter. He practised non-violence and convinced people to follow the path of peace. He is an inspiration, so unique that almost started the cinematic revolution of Gandhi-giri and a strength so profound to lead the whole nation to earn its Independence, just to establish the fundamental rights of freedom and engross it in the constitution of India.
With his heart and soul, propelled into the India’s Independence, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi contributed to the various sectors of the society, fought against racial discrimination in South Africa, worked for abolishing untouchability, promoting Hindu-Muslim unity, promoting literacy, all leading to the development of society and the nation as a whole.
His lathi charged the evils of society and kicked the British out of India, he wove the cotton cloth which he wore as a dhoti and a leather sandal as his chappal. His sense of attire roared a loud style, and he even laid emphasize on important aspects of health. The most simple of all diets contributed to his lavish cuisines. His favourite food consisted of rice & dal, chapati, yoghurt, brinjal, radish, pumpkin, peda and fresh juices. Bapu also laid importance on the fact that being vegetarian is always a healthier option as compared to eating meat. He believed that vegetarianism is free from any animal killings. He believed that women and children must be fed items such as milk, cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, twice a day. He discouraged any intake of fried food and regarded sugar as the best form of sweet.
Further, he advised to avoid drinking and drugs and even smoking as according to him, such a practice makes one lose morally and financially and also degrades the overall mental and physical health. He also specified the importance of sanitation as the first step of maintaining proper hygiene, which is a crucial element of a healthy lifestyle. He always opposed defecate in open.
“Your body is a temple and rather than worshipping we are piling it with junk and making it filthy”, he said based on his 35 years of experiment with truly healthy diet. He had proved that with healthy eating and a daily dose of physical indulgence in the form of exercise, one can spread positivity all around himself and push the enemies out of his own territory.
A pure Gandhian diet is composed of a liter of goat’s milk, 150 gm cereals, 75 gm leafy vegetables, 125 gm other vegetables, 25 gm salad, 40 gm ghee or butter, and 40-50 gm jaggery or sugar. This diet was the secret of Mahatma Gandhi’s incredible self-restraint.
“The body was never meant to be treated as a refuse bin, holding all the foods that the palate demands.”
– Mahatma Gandhi.
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