In the first part of the obesity blog, we discussed about the topic in detail, its cause and also learned its analysis through Nature Cure. In this part, we'll learn about lifestyle changes in detail to get rid of obesity.
Lifestyle changes to get rid of obesity
There is a mention of the word 'Fat', but what's meant by that term? Fat is oil. But this may lead one to think that it is only the oil which is present in one's food that fattens.
It is not so.
As a matter of fact, the major source of fat is not fat or oil but carbohydrates. When carbohydrates (starch or sugar) is taken in a larger quantity than can be burnt up by the person, the surplus normally is stored as glycogen (animal starch). But the total amount of carbohydrates which can be thus stored is no more than is taken on one day's food. When there is a further excessive intake of carbohydrates, or when the body has no tendency to increase its store of glycogen, the further surplus of carbohydrates is converted into fat. That is why people who eat only polished rice are found to be very fatty.
Therefore, the first important point to note is that foods rich in carbohydrates are to be avoided or taken in very small quantities. That fat man who wishes to do away with ugly fat can not afford to consume large quantities of fat is obvious.
Protein also comes under the same category because it is more difficult to burn up or oxidize protein than carbohydrates. Dr David Marina, D Sc.M.D.writes. "These facts indicate that diets rich in protein and fats increase the rate of discharge of thioxene and suggest that thyroid activity is more necessary in the oxidation of fats proteins than of carbohydrates.
Coming to practical details, milk, meat, eggs and pulses, processed fried, preserved sweets, are to be strictly avoided.
Cereals must be taken small quantities only. It will help in the cure if the person goes without any cereal food twice a week, taking only vegetables, fruits and a little coconut.
Fatty foods too are to be avoided besides taking not more than the minimum on other days. It is good to observe a no-breakfast plan. Nature-Cure doesn't approve of the habit of eating early in the morning.
Sleep gives strength and energy to do the work, but never hunger. "Work is the biological justification for eating", says Acharya K. L.Sarma. If you want to eat, you must deserve it by working for it.
A positive diet
Allopaths speak of the balanced diet- a diet in which the positive and negative elements are balanced. But what is wanted in this case is not a balanced diet, because that will only help in the maintenance of the status quo. The equilibrium has already been upset by the eating of foods highly unbalanced on the wrong side - the negative side- for decades and in many cases for generations.
For making up for the past wrong living, they must take a diet which will be highly unbalanced, but on the positive or protective foods and less of the nutritive ones. They must take in a great deal more of vegetables, herbs, and fruits than of cereals.
Care must be taken not to destroy or remove any of the vital elements in the foods which are taken.
Care must be taken not to upset the Vital Economy in adjusting the quantity of food.
Let not the patient make any abrupt changes in his habits and slowly rectify the lifestyle.
Putting it into practice
These are the broad principles on which the treatment should be based. People who have been accustomed to a heavy breakfast and afternoon lunch will not be able to give it up easily. For them the broad guidelines will be:
6 to 7 am: A short brisk walk before or after answering calls of nature.
8 am: Small amounts of flaked rice(poha) with a cup of Dhania coffee.
1 am: Principle meal of very much of vegetables than cereals. Here again, the patient will benefit by proceeding slowly, He may steadily increase his quota of vegetables and decrease the cereal quota. I may say here that there is no limit to this. One can with advantage, subsist entirely on vegetables. The vegetables must be conservatively cooked, and there must always be a dish of a salad of raw vegetables. Some coconut scrappings and a cup of plant-based buttermilk may be taken along with this meal.
Care must always be taken not to overeat. Follow the rules of Vital Economy.
3 p.m: A cup of fruit juice. At 8.p.m: one glass of coconut milk and fruits.
Work and eating
This plan that I have chalked out above is for people who do not have to do any strenuous work in the said time. If it is otherwise, what is prescribed for the night should be taken in the day time and the principle meal must be taken at night.
Fasting or at least an approach to a fast may be undertaken with considerable advantage for one day or even two days, in the fortnight. As an approach to fasting, It is good to subsist entirely on liquid food taken in small quantities, at the most three times in the day.
Any one can be chosen from the following:
A cup of bran (rice or wheat) tea.
DIluted fruit juice.
Diluted raw vegetable juice or tender coconut water.
One small glass of any one of the above may be taken 3 or 4 times in the day. To any of these an ounce of the juice of fresh green grass may be added - crush the grass in a mortar, sprinkling some water if needful, extract the juice by squeezing and filter through a piece of cloth.
The following plan may be adopted for a week:
1st day: Avoiding cereals
2nd day: Approach to fast, taking juices only 3rd day (same as 2).
4th day: Fast
5th day: Fruits only
6th day: regular meals.
One can have the full fast and approach to a fast on alternate fortnight. After a month or so of this treatment, the patient will be able to attend his daily work. Non-strenuous work is possible even during the fast, but it is advisable to have complete rest on the day of fast.
As and when feel discomfort on account of constipation, non-violent enema of 250 m.l. cold water may be availed as per need; no restrictions for numbers of enema.
Some mild form of exercise will be helpful. Usually, a short brisk walk, say for one or two kms. both morning and evening will do. But the patient must not tire himself too much by exercise.
Mild sun bath may be taken in the early morning sun followed by a full bath /spinal bath.
In short, what is required is an all-round Natural rejuvenation. It is not necessary that one should follow the exact plans that have been indicated above. One may as well chalk out a different plan consistent of course with the broad principles talked about that I have enunciated.
NOTE: It goes without saying that the patient must not go back to his old ways of life after he gets cured. If he is anxious to maintain himself in that state of health, he must follow the general rules of health laid down for all people, for the rest of his life.
(About the author Vijai S Pawar: I am a 72-year-old veteran practising pure nature cure for 45 years.M.I.I.N.T (1980) certified. I lead a healthy life free from any disease and share my knowledge with others freely.)
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