Yesterday we spoke about grains and the problems they cause when they are over eaten. We do not have the proper enzymes to digest grains well. Grains are the food for birds, squirrels, rats etc. Still, we have been habituated to grains for some many generations that the pull from them are strong.
While our ideal diet is fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, millets work as a good replacement for the rice and wheat we eat all the time. Almost all your favourite dishes can be recreated with millets and they are delicious.
Millets are easier on the stomach and the environment compared to grains. And so many varieties to choose from.
All that you need to know about millets are in this article.
Here are a few recipes for you to try – idlis, dosa, kheer, rotis and even pizzas..
Whatever be the case, it is better to keep the cooked portion smaller than the raw portion and stick to fruits and vegetables as far as possible.
A simple meal plan
You must be wondering why we went through all these 6 weeks without a diet plan prescription. Yes, it is very easy to give a diet plan.. eat this or that and avoid this or that.. but
How many days will this be followed? First, we have to understand the reason why a particular food is suitable for us or not. Only a convinced mind can follow this food pattern for a long time.
This is a change in lifestyle and not just a diet.
While change in food is a big part of detox, it is not the only thing. There are other factors which must be considered too. Exercise, sunlight and air exposure, mental poise, sleep and rest etc. All these factors should be taken care of for holistic health.
Having said that, here is a simple meal plan could be -
Breakfast – As late as possible when there is hunger, definitely not before sunrise. Try to give a gap of minimum 14 hours between prev night’s dinner and breakfast. Breakfast should preferably be a single kind of fruit. Have as many as needed till satiation
Lunch – Salad 70% of your portion, single grain/millet preparation with vegetables – 30%. Have 5 or 6 soaked nuts or coconut along with your lunch
Evening – Just water, herbal tea or juicy fruits if hunger is too much
Dinner – Salad + soup/ salad or fruit platter. Ideally 3 hours before sleep time.
Eat all meals within an 8 hour window
In case of indulgence, next meal should be light to balance it out. Remmeber bad choices causes lot of fake hunger too.
Once a week be only on juicy fruits for the whole day.
Lunch and dinner can be interchanged based on your lifestyle. If you are up for it, you can totally do away with cooked lunch portion too and have just steamed vegetables, root vegetables, some pulses as a substitute.
Still not convinced about the unsuitability of grains?
Yes, it is understandable since it is our staple. Try a grain free week and see how you feel. I could not get rid of my back problem till I reduced grain intake.
Feeding a growing world population
Every year there are food summits with eminent scientists discussing the alarmist notion that we are running out of food to feed the world population which is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. If everyone followed a majorly raw food diet(which is our natural diet) and reduced consumption of meta, dairy and greens this is a non-issue. The forests would regenerate, animals get back their homes and climate change can be easily controlled. This movement will only work bottom-up – as we demand, industries will provide.
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