IMPORTANCE OF DESI DADI-NANI DIET IN TODAY’S TIME
No one type of diet fits all but still, people tend to follow a diet trend every time it pops up as a story on their mobile screens. Even professionals in the same field in our country are not on the same page. It is sad to see so many professionals not practicing the basics that were being taught in nutrition colleges. Impatience to achieve a perfect body type leads to crash diet methods, harmful supplements, and pills.
There are on the other hand strong believers of the Indian desi diet that our Dadis(paternal grandmother) and Nanis(maternal grandmother) use to feed to the whole house and ensure a strong and healthy body. No doubt that our grandparents had stronger immunities and healthier bodies and today some of the basic issues take a toll on one’s routine. Issues like allergies, gas, acidity, constipation and weak bowel have become quite common. But does that mean we start drinking milk with nuts at night and cook our meals in ghee? We should indeed be eating local and fresh produce. We should be eating seasonal fruits and vegetables but we should not try and copy the old desi diet as per our convenience without understanding the basics behind the same.
Firstly there is a relation of our environment with our bodies that affects our response to the food and overall health. Today the environment is more toxic and polluted.
Secondly, our activity levels in the outdoor are not the same as our grandparents had. We are most of the day sedentary and that too in airconditioned environments. We no longer connect with our nature and hence bodies are becoming more naive and responsive to allergens. We no longer are physically involved in household work but our minds are super stressed. So it is very right to not move away from our basic desi diet but it is also important to know what to take and what to modify because our lifestyles have also modified and our nature of work is also different from our dadis and nanis…dadas and nanas.
What to do and what to follow?
– Eat seasonal vegetables and eat fresh
– Have a maximum home-cooked fresh meals
– Reduce the use of packaged products in your kitchen
– Bring back ghee and mustard oil to your kitchens
– Bring back pulses/dals and lentils, rice/chawal and roti to your diet
– Fix an eating routine for yourself and your family
– Communicate more to distress rather than increasing gadget time
– Make some rules for your family and yourself as our grandparents did
which become family values with time and pass from generation to generation.
– Make a meal sometimes together
– Plan outdoor walks or trips.
– Include more Indian spices and condiments in the diet rather than imported
fruits and vegetables and seeds.
So yes, it’s very important to stay close to our roots and genes, retain our traditions
and family eating rituals but is also important to modify the routine as per your
current routine and lifestyle which an expert can easily help you out with.
Founder of Santulitt
Nutritionist and lifestyle coach