Food habits that are unhealthy can destroy our general health and should be avoided at all costs. If we become mindful of these unhealthy food habbits one can find immense difference in overall well being:
1. Eating refined products - Food products that have been stripped of their natural fiber result in lack of fibre in our diet. Our gut microbiome relies on daily fibre intake for maintaining healthy gut and therefore healthier digestion plus good immunity. Furthermore such lack of fibre results in lack of chewing during food consumption which causes larger food consumption as compared to what body would demand in case the food was chewed for longer. Some examples of such refined food products and their un-refined healthier versions are
White rice versus less processed brown rice
Refined wheat flour versus whole wheat flour with the fibre
Lentils (hulled) versus whole beans
Peeled apple versus whole apple etc
Highly processed packaged food products which lack fibre thus resulting in their over-consumption. Their alternates are minimally processed packaged food products made from whole ingredients
Overcooked vegetables in Indian cooking also get stripped of all the goodness including fibre and vitamins. Their alternates are slightly sauteed and steamed vegetables.
2. Eating Deep Fried food - Excess consumption of deep fried foods can result in increased bad cholestrol levels which are bad for heart health and can result in clogged arteries.
3. Excess Sugar Consumption - Consuming too much sugar, especially in the form of juices, packaged high sugar beverages, confectionary, snacks, sweets and desserts, can lead to obesity, weight issues, type 2 diabetes, and poor dental health.
4. Overconsumption of Saturated Fats- Foods high in saturated fats like full-fat dairy products, poultry, red meat and processed meats, can contribute to heart disease and obesity.
5. Low Vegetable and Fruit Intake - Lack of sufficient portions of fresh fruits and appropriately cooked vegetables in diet can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and increase the risk of chronic diseases.
6. Excess Salt Intake - High sodium intake, from salty snacks to salted pickles, traditional savouries and other processed and fast foods, can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke and heart diseases.
7. Lack of Hydration - Our body is around 60-70% water. Not consuming enough water can lead to dehydration, which impacts overall health and energy levels.
To maintain good general health, it's important to have a balanced and diverse diet that includes a mix of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. It's also crucial to practice moderation and mindfulness when it comes to food consumption. Regular physical activity and eating at least 2 hours before sleeping is also an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.