Why to avoid non vegetarian food in Shravan ????

Shravan is auspicious month. According to Hindu calendar Shravan is month of rains and usually starts in mid July & last till mid August. Mostly Hindus do not eat non vegetarian food during Shravan.

Here are some possible reasons for eating only vegetarian food during Shravan, which include both religious & scientific reason.

1.       Month of festival – Shravan is month of festivals & celebrations like Rakshbandhan , Nagpanchami, Onam, kajori Purnima, etc….

2.       Lord Shiva’s Month– it is holy month of lord Shiva.   All days in month are considered auspicious & each day there is a particular observance by a particular Hindu community.

Monday- Shiv Puja

Tuesday – Mangala gauri pooja

Wednesday – Budh  puja

Thursday – Brihaspati Puja

Friday-  Jara Jivantika Puja

Saturday- Asvatta Maruti Puja.

Every day of this month is laden with significance, so hindus avoid non vegetarian food in this month.

3.       Rain Born Disease– In this month in which monsoon are in full blast. The rains come with lot of water born disease like hepatitis, cholera, Gastritis etc. The general hygiene is very bad & you never know what type of infection you might catch. Most of people believe that meat / non vegetarian food during this month has more chances of get infected

4.       Low Immunity Level– According to Ayurveda , during shrvan the immunity power is very low, so better to avoid non vegetarian, spicy , oily food during this season. Monsoon Diet must be lighter, warm, less watery etc.

5.       The Breeding Season– Shravan is also month of Love & romance. It is breeding season for most of the animals. It is sin to kill animal when they are pregnant / hatching eggs.

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Obesity Management

According to recent WHO statistics, 11% of India’s population is overweight & 2% of population are obese.

In last 5 years, so called obesity panaceas (a remedy for almost all diseases) have been banned in India. There is only one approved anti obesity drug in India, which is mildly effective.

Do we need only medicines to reduce weight?

Little modification in your lifestyle can prevent obesity. Positive changes in your eating & exercise behavior are essential for sustain reduction in weight.  You can assess yourself at home & start lifestyle modification.

Assessment of Obesity:

  1. Measure your BMI-  http://justforhearts.org/health-tools/bmi-calculator/
  2. If BMI >25 – Measure waist circumference. If Waist circumference found above cutoff point. For Male –  ≤ 90cm & For Female  – ≤ 80cm
  3. Conduct clinical & lab investigations- Heart Rate, Blood Pressure,  BSL fasting, Lipid profile.
  4. Assess & screen for depression, eating & mood disorder.
  5. Treat co morbidities & other health risk if present.
  6. Assess readiness to change behaviors & barriers to weight loss.
  7.  Devise Goals & Lifestyle modification program.
  8. Health team to advice lifestyle modification program.

Weight Loss Goals:

5 – 10 % body weight  Or  ½ to 1 kg per week

Lifestyle modification program:

Nutrition:   Reduce energy Intake by 500 – 1000 kcal/day

Physical activity:  Initially – 30 mins, moderate intensity exercise for 3-5 days per week.

Cognitive behavior therapy.

Diet for Rainy Season

ImageIn India, Rainy season doesn’t throughout the year. It has a particular time and according to Ayurveda it was divided into to two sub season – Varsha & Sharad.

Varsha (Mid Jun- Mid Aug) is the season in which VATA problems like joint pain, Joint swelling, Body ache, Sciatica; Dryness of skin, Dandruff etc dominates.  So we have to be very careful about our lifestyle & Diet.

Diet: Diet must be lighter, warm, oily, less watery, sweet, sour & salty in taste, which helps to control VATA

  1. Honey: Use  sufficient amount of honey, which helps to control VATA.
  2. Cereals:  Rice, Millets are good in rains.
  3. Pluses:  As pulses are increasing VATA, it should be cooked with moderate amount of oil, ghee, butter. It will help to control VATA.
  4. Vegetables: Sweet & sour tasting vegetables must be preferred in this season.
  5. Milk & Milk Products: Moderate amount of ghee, butter, milk, and other milk products will help to control VATA. The heavy sweetmeat should be avoided.
  6. Oils: Sesame oil is the best medicine to control the VATA. It can be used in cooking and also used as massage oil.
  7. Spices: Turmeric, ginger, dry ginger, mustard seed are really good in this season. But avoid chilly, black papers.
  8. Water: Body is not demanding much water, so drink water as per your body requirements.
  9. Fruits: The need of fruits reduces considerably in this season.

Enjoy Monsoon….

Herbal Tea

There is nothing nicer on rainy day than soothing cup of tea. Herbal tea , besides being tasty , warning,  caffeine free it has lots of health benefits.

Herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. In drinking well steeped herbal tea , we get all plant’s benefits is an easily digestive form.

There are so many options of herbal teas to choose. Here are a few of most common-  Peppermint Tea, Ginger Tea, Lemon Tea etc

Health Benefits:

1. Relieves pain

2. Calms anxeity

3. Relieves Nausea

4. Helps to reduce cholesterol

5. Treat cold, cough & flu.

6. Gives Healthy sleep


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