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Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 During second week of August last year (2013),  it was reported that Indians are getting as fat as Americans.  It says that obesity crisis swells among India's middle class youth as children choose Western fast food over traditional cuisine.  

It is simply not children who fall prey to such food habits.  Adults equally ruin their health by taking such foods uncontrollably swelling the figure to alarming levels.  It is time to wake up to reality !

 If you take food as medicine, you need not take the medicine as food, the adage goes. But it is  easier said than doing. 

Controlling others is the easy business, where as controlling our own inner stimuli needs a warrior’s perseverance. Food is what makes your body and if you are reckless to what you take, you are bound to end up in tatters.

You must have vigilant eyes to see what is going inside your stomach. If you are not cautious enough, you would be exasperated with your own lower nature and repent only after indulgence. This becomes a continuous vicious circle that would mar you to the end.

So, act according to Nature’s cycle and not being dictated by senses too much. Being a slave to taste buds now and then is ok. But if you fall into repeated failure-cycles, it is time for introspection and turn to expert advice.   If you  turn to the pages of history, you could see how some great people dealt such situations. 

The great English writer Samuel Johnson says that “Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.”

The America's Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, in his 13 virtues drawn out for his implementation spelt how moderation in taking food is the main key to his personal discipline. He says that  eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

To overcome gluttony is extremely challenging initially. But by giving sublime messages to your mind, you could relieve of the enigma and thereby energize your system !  
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