Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The Difference between Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

“The Baby Elephant Diet. A Modern Indian Guide to Eating Right”

 Ravi Mantha

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

In India, we are lucky to have a wide array of vegetables and dishes that cater to vegetarians. India is probably the easiest place in the world to be a vegetarian. For vegetarians, I would say, please go the extra mile, and have two or even three vegetables for dinner. You can choose from the following:

1.Okra

2.Tinda

3.Beans

4.Carrots

5.Beetroot

6.Eggplant

7.Tomato

8.Cucumber

9.Pumpkin

10.Squash

11.Coconut

12.Broccoli

13.Cabbage

14.Cauliflower

15.Spinach

16.Green peas

17.Capsicum

18.Broad beans

19.Jackfruit

20.Ridge gourd (zucchini)

21.Drumstick

22.Chickpeas

23.Sprouts

24.Asparagus

25.Chinese cabbage

26.Snake gourd

27.Mustard greens

28.Mushroom

29.Bitter gourd

30.Radish (mooli)

31.Bottle gourd

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Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. There are many more local vegetables in India, but I have listed thirty-one, one for each day of the month. There are also foods that are not part of the Indian diet, but ought to be. These are avocados, artichokes and bamboo shoots, which can be nutritious additions to the Indian diet. If you are non-vegetarian, by all means feel free to eat a portion of chicken/fish/prawns along with the rest of your meal, but not daily. I believe that meat should be an occasional treat for non-vegetarians, and not something they should eat every day. The reason is that meat can also be addictive, and it comes at the expense of a balanced diet. Too much of anything is bad. This is why I encourage non-vegetarians to have at least two meat-free days in a week. I strongly recommend that diabetics should start eating eggs. I know it is difficult for Indian vegetarians to get used to the smell of eggs after a lifetime of not eating eggs, but please think of your health. Nothing beats an egg in terms of the sheer number of essential nutrients, including protein, calcium and good fats, that it contains. When buying eggs, buy the highest-quality that you can find.

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Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

The Superfoods That You Simply Should Not Live Without. 

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. Ordinarily, when I see claims about superfoods, I maintain a healthy scepticism. It usually means there is some sales pitch coming your way. I have repeatedly asserted that humans are adapted to eating a wide variety of foods, and there are many things that are good for you to eat. To my mind, superfoods are those foods that can make a tremendous positive impact on your health and well-being. Most of all, they should be cheap and widely available, and should not be made in a factory. Luckily, there are a few of these superfoods that should be an essential part of our regular diet.

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Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Okra.

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. Nisha was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. She reached out to a traditional doctor in Coimbatore, in southern India, who agreed to work with her provided she was committed to following his dietary advice. The doctor gave her a very simple regimen. He asked her to wash and cut two raw okras and put them in a glass of drinking water at night before bed. The next morning, she was to drink thecontents of the glass. Within two months, Nisha was off her diabetic medication. She was astonished at this simple, yet miracle cure. Raw okra is a potent source of soluble fibre. Nisha’s main problem had been that she was suffering from a shortage of soluble fibre in her diet, which led to diabetes. This simple, cheap cure transformed her life. Okra is a simple vegetable, but it packs a big punch. It is full of vitamins A and C, a bunch of antioxidants and the type of soluble fibre the human body loves. Okra serves as an excellent medium in the gut for beneficial bacteria, and facilitates a diverse and friendly gut ecosystem. Okra is an indispensable part of the human diet.

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Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Guava. 

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians

Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. There is nothing healthier for breakfast than a guava. It is packed with dietary fibre, vitamin C and a nice dose of vitamins A and B and magnesium, as well as antioxidants. It may surprise you that a guava has more than twice the vitamin C of an orange. Starting your day with a guava will give your digestive system a proper workout, keep your stomach full, and provide slow-release nutrients for your body. Guavas have an alkaline effect, and reduce acidity. Guavas also have the wonderful effect of feeding the ‘coral reef ’ in your gut and serve as an excellent laxative, emptying your intestine and keeping the digestive machinery in top working order. If you can, eat a guava along with the seeds and skin. You can cut away some of the seeds if you must, but the skin is the most nutritious part and must be eaten.

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