Ishi Khosla offers practical advice on how to eat right and eat healthy in her latest book, “Eating at work.” She believes that diets should not be punitive and a test of will power. Diet in her dictionary is a way of life that is completely integrated with your lifestyle and the one you can follow for the rest of your life.
Ishi is actively involved in clinical practice at the Centre for Dietary Counselling in Delhi and has spearheaded the first of its kind health food company ‘Whole Foods India’. She has written many books including ‘The diet doctor’ and ‘Is wheat killing you’.
Here are a few snippets from ‘Eating at Work’.
• “An ideal diet plan does not exist. Each one has to identify the perfect, ultimate and ideal diet plan which can withstand their unique challenges. It is about gaining knowledge about what to eat, how to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. Then use this information to plan meals and snacks for the day to reach your goals for fitness.”
• “One can never over feed a baby if the baby does not want to eat. This exemplifies the fact that we are programmed to control our eating but unfortunately, these mechanisms have been destroyed, over years of faulty eating, modifications in the food (refining, processing, and genetically modifying) and agricultural practices.”
• “To redefine and clean up our food, eat simpler, take out the junk, cut back on sugars and add plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. This will help restore our normal food regulating systems and support our dietary regimes.” She advocates that eating right will result in slowly changing our food preferences and how hungry we feel. She says that smart eating lowers caloric intake by as much as 50% yet increases energy levels.
Ishi is concerned about the level of toxicity in our environment; the toxic chemical load because of pesticides, herbicides, agricultural practices, genetic modifications of food, food additives and preservatives. She attributes increasing sensitivity to certain foods notably wheat and dairy products, to the dramatic increase in pesticides and other chemicals. The residual pesticides in the food we eat in India is forty times what it is in other developed countries.
I have devoted an entire chapter on nutrition for health and long life, an essential ingredient for active ageing, in my book, Celebrating Active Ageing where you can read the views of Ishi Khosla and several others.
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