“95% of lifestyle diseases are due to unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.” – Dr. Saravanan.
Yesterday, I attended a talk by Dr. Saravanan of Sharan India @ Meal ‘N’ Heal, Chennai. This was a 1.5 hour presentation on why switching over to plant-based and organic/healthy diet is important to fight lifestyle diseases like diabetics, hypertension, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, etc.
He told us that both animal protein and milk protein are unhealthy and addictive. That maybe the reason why we find it difficult to stop eating/drinking milk-based products. He said milk, sugar, maida, refined salt are all white poisons. His points were similar to what was mentioned at the World Veg Fest that I attended earlier.
He recommends following a plant-based diet with a good mix of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Our food should be colorful, like a rainbow!
But remember –
- Eating fruits directly along with the peel is better than drinking fruit juices as the peel that contains important enzymes needed to digest the fruit sugars are discarded in juices.
- Raw vegetables are healthier than cooked vegetables.
- Legumes provide a lot of fiber that makes the body healthy.
- Whole grains are better than refined/processed grains as the nutrients on the top layers are retained.
After this talk, I am inspired to skip milk-based Tea that I drink twice a day. I have switched over to green tea and vilvam juice 🙂 However, I am not yet convinced to skip curd and ghee as I believe they are healthy. I drank the peanut curd provided to us in the meet and it was good – I need to find out how to make it!
The issue is, it’s very difficult to avoid milk that goes into our body indirectly. Biscuits, cakes, ice creams, cheese-based snacks, sweets, coffee, tea, etc. all contain milk! But now I am aware, so will reduce eating them slowly. If you avoid meat & diary products totally, do remember that you may need to take Vitamin B12 and D supplements.
SHARAN India is coming up with a 1-day workshop on ‘Reversing Diabetics and Hypertension’ on 27th March, 2016. Click on the above link for details and see if you or someone you know may want to attend the program.