Thursday, June 03, 2010

Health nut case

I often wonder how & when did this health freaky, green hippy avatar of mine started! Because I was, once upon a time, a normal, regular, veggie-hating, kothavarangai skinny picky eater like most! I was never the foodie in my childhood days, embarrassed my parents everywhere with my very short list of favourite foods(my mom reminds me of this whenever I complain about my kids!). But my mother was never the fretter like me and never let criticisms from others about her kids' poor eating habits bother her too much. She always used to say"ellaam perisaana saapda kathupaanga"!

Learning to enjoy cooking lead to experimenting with varieties. And pregnancy made me a responsible eater. Once given a teeny-tiny chance to these 'counting calories', 'nutrition labels', 'balanced diet' thingies, they cling onto you like leeches for life! "You got to set an example" dangles like Yamadharmarajan's kaththi everytime I eye an extra treat or think of indulging! Right when I am fighting for 50% reservation for the brownies(flour, sugar, rice) at the dinner table, food bloggers are far ahead in their exploration and supremacy over grains like oats and quinoa(to learn to rightly pronounce it is an achievement!) and barley and... Oh, I can't keep up!!

Provision store experiences mostly like this one(from 5.05-6.30), shopping at departmental stores (Kamadenu supermarket, Vitan, Nilgiris) used to be a big bandha. Inge supermarket experience kekkave venaam! But after "Food Inc", its only the ugly, dirty side that is visible through the neat, packed isles. Co-incidentaly there was an episode on Vijay TV's "Neeya Naana" about farming, natural organic vs technology assisted. Everywhere its the farmer who has become the pawn! So, inimey head to the local farmer's market sacrificing Saturday morning sleep-dhaan.

So, for now only veganism is left and with articles like these, I am considering if I should try something like dairy free duesdays/dhursdays (like meat free mondays) and Aththaan is seriously considering cutting off ... no, not dairy, but home internet connection!!


Me said...

I switched to brown basmati...My intake reduced by 40%...minnalaam(white rice eating days)12:00ku saadham saapta 2:30 - 3:00ku pasichidum...nowdays it is a lot better with half the amount rice!

eppovo brown sugarku maariyaachu..:)

..brown flour use panna aarmbikala...will do.. but I have thought about getting wheat and grinding it using millstone... oru naal chappathi evalo thevayo avalo mattum grind panninda porum...

I have seriously thought about buying a cow! Naan mattum illa ...there are other bloggers too

...I was/am very busy this spring and summer ...may be adutha spring/summer i will grow organic veggies...for now i have only organic karuveppilai

Me said...

Forgot to add this

I eat oats for breakfast everday... Now I am thinking about graduating to steel cut oats...

Me too said...

me, you get a big pat on the back, not just for taking the healthy route this early but also leading the way for Jr!!
Buying a cow-a? I am not that gutsy!
For all the green talk, I don't have even a light green thumb. So, when your organic garden grows, post about it.
During postpartum, I used to have oats for dinner. I used to look forward to the dinner time everyday as my mom used to make it like payasam!! A2 and I sometimes have oats for lunch!

Anonymous said...

The best Food Police I found was the Omron HBF-306 fat monitor, which is available on ebay for $25. Pushed the fat %age from 22 to 14-15%. Of course this was possible only after 6 months on a full fiber diet.

however, good health is only 70% food and rest is all exercise. Food Cop #2 is the Omron heart beat monitor. Keeping one's heart beat at 160-170 bpm for 10min daily is needed for a robust heart and bringing our Resting Heart Rate. RHR of < 50 beats on waking up is super...currently brought it down few beats down from 72.

The proof of the pudding is in the metabolism!

PS: best ever meal is BrownRice + hunger for several hours.

Me too said...

ttm, wow! you shun all the unwanted but popular gadgets but keep you up to date with the not-so-popular but necessary ones!!!
I officially declare you, the brain, my favourite character from A1's favourite TV show, Arthur.

ttm said...

I think you will definitely like this book :)

Me too said...

Oh, I was going to write that book(Enna nalla padichu vechirukeenga!)!