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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Nutrition: WHAT, WHEN & HOW MUCH IS HEALTHY?

We live in the century of geniuses, smart brilliant people who can make you pay for tomato ketchup that does not contain any tomato in it, but the package has an awesome image. Likewise Potato chips that are not made from potato still tastes a lot like potatoes. We live in the time when EATING RIGHT is a myth, what to think of the right time or the right quantity.
Why EAT right isn't the exercise enough? Even if you do tough workouts combined with bad diet, you are only running in circles. I would share my own experience of how eating right helped me lose weight plus at the end of this article I’d share my little secret of what really helped me stay motivated on this quest.

EAT RIGHT:
Now I would NOT tell you to go on a crazy “Curbs Only” diet, I believe healthy food can taste good too, real food that can be added in a beautiful lifestyle.
Whatever you buy in packages or tin cans is merely a copy of REAL food. It’s a bad trade, as the trash you buy in beautiful packages has no health benefits. Artificial is easy to avoid but the sad part is today natural is not safe either. The natural fruits, vegetables or dairy products are injected with chemicals, to increase their production. The harm is, these chemicals used can lead to diseases relating to hormonal disorders. Hence the solution is eliminating fake food and adding the right natural food in the house. It’s easy to spot chemically ripped fruits and vegetables, as they lack the nature’s gift of sweet TASTE!

RIGHT TIME:
The mistake we all make here is skipping the breakfast, NEVER skip breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as nutritionist says. Not only that, but also reduce the size of the meals as the sun goes down. Trust me it gives you remarkable health results.
RAMADAN: From the above information it’s easy to understand that what you eat in Aftar(after sunset) should be less than the Sehri(before sunrise). Funny, how we always do the opposite of it and then wonder why we gain more weight in this month.

RIGHT QUANTITY:
Over eating can lead to some grave health problems and diseases but this topic is never stressed enough. Eating in moderation helps you stay focused on your crucial goals in life. It also prevents anger, laziness and stress. Small meals have benefits for the heart and the spirituality so it’s a pretty BIG deal.

MY SECRET FOR HEALTHLY LIFESTLYE:

On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying: "No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath." (Hadith No. 47, Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah – Hadith sahih.)

Ibn Masaweh, a Muslim doctor, said after reading this hadith: "If the people only used these words, they would avoid all diseases and maladies and the clinics and pharmacies would be idle."

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "The believer eats with one stomach while the kafir eats with seven stomachs." (Muslim and Bukhari)

Al-Hassan Al-Basri said: "O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think."


So this was my SECRET motivation for healthy eating, I hope it benefits you too. Let this month be more about prayers and repentance and LESS about food. I wish you all a blessed Ramadan filled with great joy, health, peace and prosperity. 
RAMADAN KAREEM MUBARAK!