Shall we stop running after food like Red Queens?

Synopsis: We all want to go to the wonderland but only a few of us have the time and the courage to be an Alice who slides down a dark tunnel. In this article, we explore some thorny and latent aspects of food, mood and modern human health state. Based on the ramifications we dig, we interpret the implications of food’s equation with mood and its genre on our health and happiness.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 

J.R.R Tolkein

Prologue – An Appetiser:

Yet, gold and cars and smart-phones occupy our minds and thumbs so much today! It is, indeed, such deep despair to see the world wasting all those Darwinian struggles and evolution’s inflection points by making food so hurried and harried. Here’s a thought – what if we could treat food with more respect and cheer? The cavemen may not have had our silver-cutlery and dining manners, but they had an edge over this 21st human in a strong and special plate – the mind.

The Soup – that we are in

We need to rein our indiscreet and irresponsible food-lifestyles. More so when we know that there is less than a 1 per cent chance of halting the rise in obesity and diabetes by 2025, according to Global Nutrition Report 2017.  Could mood be the answer we are looking for?

Ever wondered why food and mood are so intertwined? Many researchers and food-experts across the world, from one genre and geography to another, have scratched their heads on that question. That should mean something.

It has been often, with numerous experiments and schools of thought, reckoned that food can really change one’s mood – depending on one’s bio-energetic system.

In India, one can borrow this wisdom from the quintessential classification of plants and herbs according to their taste, energy, post-digestive effects and specific action. Yes: Rasa, Virya, Viparka & Prabhava as distilled by some Ayurvedic prophets.

A peek at the bio-spiritual aspect will tell us how to classify plants and natural substances according to their running qualities of nature – i.e. Sattava (clarity), Rajas ( agitation) and Tamas (darkness).

This is where the connection between food and our other senses, along with physiological dynamics and health-factors gets so visceral.

 

Main Course – Some Salad to chew over

The Satvik lifestyle has been assessed to be the best for a peaceful life and mood.

The Rajas food has the propensity to releases enzymes that make the body lazy and lethargic. The Tamasic food is the worse – a non-vegetarian meal not only takes up a lot of energy for digestion but also spurs negative feeling in the body.

Experts and sages have often advised to prefer Satvik over the last two categories. No wonder the last two types are what workaholics, obese, teenagers and youngsters are more predisposed to. They do not realize, in time at least, how these food types and habits cause under-nutrition, invoke weight issues and spiral into a host of other health nightmares.

Mood and obesity correspond more than we realize. Among the main cause of obesity is the intake of improper food –exacerbated with no workout. In a normal day-to-day rush, we seldom pause and think about the tons of fat in junk food. The temptation (with all the advertising and packaging frills) is hard to resist but we have to, eventually, pay the price of giving in for a temporary desire that comes at the cost of a priceless, long-term advantage.

One thing leads to another. Some inches high on the waistline lead to more worries and tension and an obese body becomes more hospitable to diseases, thereby influencing our mood.

You see, it is a vicious spiral.

Tooth-picks any one

If we want to align our minds and bodies to long-term outcomes of longevity, health and balance in life; then we would need to wrap our heads around (and stop neglecting) the connection between food and mood.

Good and nourished food enhances the health of an individual which directly leads to good health and body. Surprisingly, healthy food also raises the soundness of mind and spirit; hence, undoubtedly leading to a strong gut feeling.

It is interesting to find how good mood and food are reciprocal too. Healthy food, when taken with a happy mind and surroundings, helps the body to regain more nutrients from the meal as compared to the intake of the same food in a bad state of mind. This highlights how food along with proper thinking, or should we say psychology, helps in curing not only mood but chronic diseases as well.

Proof of the Pudding

I happened to come across a medical doctor in Washington, who cures people by giving them placebo (fake pills for a disorder or disease). The doctor planned a diet-chart that mainly consisted of food items liked by the patient, albeit, cooked in the right way. The new belief and expectation-set of the patient in the pill kept the echo “I will be healed” alive in him which led to a recovery. He keeps eating food as the medical prescription that he originally liked, and has kept the spark going.

The Knife with the Counter-Point

Arguments may pop here- and rightly so- about tapping the same mood-lever with junk food.

Well, junk food, had with the same jolly mood, doesn’t do justice to our body. Intake of acidic, fermented or unhealthy food causes the imbalance in the Doshas (Sanskrit word describing three substances that are present in a person’s body, according to Ayurveda).

Here’s why:

Ancient literature works and Ayurveda in India point that the food taken in our body converts into seven Dhatus (substances) that are-

Plasma (Rasa), Blood (Rakta), Muscles (Mansa), Fat (Medh), Bone (Asthi), Marrow (Majja) and Reproductive tissues (sukra). Our body constantly forms, destroys and reforms these substances with appropriate materials taken from nourished substances from the very time of birth till death.

The imbalance caused in the formation of any of the seven substances or disorder in the destruction or issues caused during the reformation can directly affect one’s health. Any trouble in the functioning of a body, whether major or minor, can harm health leading to an unstable state of mind. The saying, “Happy mind resides in healthy body” explains the rest.

Of course, another moot point to address here is the way food is grown today.

The good old adage of ‘An Apple a day keeps the doctor away’ held well, but perhaps only until 1965. Today, the quality of soil seriously affects the food we eat. All those contaminated or undernourished elements of soil will eventually shape into unhealthy fruits and vegetables. The level of nutrient-intake, too, has changed over the years due to the quality of substances, raw materials of food and other adjacent factors of modern environments.

Epilogue – Some mint before we head on

Indeed, we are fighting an intricate and overwhelming battle. We have to get cogent and cognizant about how we eat; and once these new habits and wisdom are parked well in our mind and lifestyles, we have to ensure that we get the right food.

A proper and a balanced diet is as formidable and difficult in today’s day and age as foraging was for the man in the cave. Nonetheless, we have to be diligent and disciplined about the right mix of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and roughage. That balance will help in not only curing prolonged diseases but a slew of mental-health related issues as well.

For instance, paying attention to potassium that relaxes the body by calming the nervous system and the heart rate down. Or Calcium, yet another mineral that helps considerably in reducing stress. Vitamins, too, play a big role (mainly vitamin B1) in keeping anxiety and restlessness at bay.  Similarly, lack of iodine can lead to mental retardation. Proteins, in the first meal of the day – breakfast, can be very important for all age groups. The list can go on and on.

Let’s just make sure that we start watching what we eat, how much we eat and most importantly, in what mood and company we eat.

No one could have summed it better than Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’:

“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.” 

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Why don’t you stay?

Stay

So stay soft,

A little longer,

Even though you want to be callous to

Show the world you are so much stronger,

Stay soft my love,

I know,

Creeping into the shrouds of cynicism seems the safest bet,

But darling don’t give up just yet,

Because the magic that’s meant for you awaits just round the corner,

So just wait a while

And stay,

Soft

And a little longer

~H

Your ocean, my drug

I can’t describe how your eyes are deep as an ocean & im a newbie who doesn’t know how to swim & ik I’m gonna drown & frankly there’s no saviour & even if someone finds me drowning I don’t wanna be saved because now I have got too addicted to this overwhelming loving drug

Creativity in creativity. 

A word, hundreds of meaning, but unnumberable way when it comes to describing. A word, hundreds of meaning but another thousand ways when it comes to explaining. According to me, simple words define creativity as the approach towards understanding of certain topic and presenting the original idea in such a way that it is easily understood and remembered by the way it was conveyed. Creativity is moreover, not seeing things for what they are but for what they can be. 
Believing that creativity helps one in almost all walks of life is pretty accurate, wether it is related to arts or business or sculpting or even to problem solving. It is quite obvious to be welcomed by questions asking how problem solving? 

Creative problem solving is a way of 

approaching a problem or a challenge in an imaginative and innovative way. Problem sloving might be a difficult task for the doer and when difficulty stricks, chances of diliberating the solution gets tough. But when problem solving is accompanied by creativity, even the hardest of tasks can be conveyed in an intellect yet presentable way. 
This reminds me of the time, back to the junior class when projects were given of researches, modal making, poster making and many other like this. Not bragging, being amongst the prudent students of class, my teacher expected the best out of me and well that what teacher are supposed to do. Intelligence and internet helped me to come up with the best of matter, yet the matter of not scoring well disappointed me always and gradually expectations became less and so wasn’t interest towards studies The question of why was I being up to the mark disturbed me. So, once I had not been able to comeplete up with the assignments on time and a friend of mine helped me to do it and to my surprise the vast amount of rich write up was read by my teacher, probably for the first time and that was the day when I realised the importance of presentation and deliberation. 

 

Time took for me to identify my creative skill, which was, being able to pen down my feelings, thoughts and ideas which undoubtedly helped my a lot in every walk and when I recognised my ‘very skill’, it became prior since after. It helped me to upgrade my presentations, projects and also supported me emotionally as writing down what I went through, made me felt light. Also, I was no longer susceptible and stoic. Talking forth my skill resulted in my blogging which boosted unexpectedly. 
As I mentioned above about problem solving, my skill helped me as writing down the mishap I faced and then reread and analyse the situation made me aware of when and where I or the other person was going wrong because we never realise what is wrong and right in the times of anger. 
When I look towards my blogs, feelings of doing more and more and better and better comes. It all started as something personal to sharing these little stories with the world outside. It has undoubtedly helped me in many ways and will continue to be. Moreover, identifying my true skill helped me raise my level up from mediocre. Also, later in future I do aspire to be sharing my write ups with magazine or anyother if luck turns towards my side. 

Ever lasting love 

i’m sorry 

i ask for an apology 

for all those times 

for all those nights 

i was screwed 

i was messed

i was a nutshell

unhandlable

kinda disowned by my mains and 

and

i came up to you 

on the verge of breaking into tears

billion of stuff stuck on the tip of my tongue 

blood dripping down my wrist 

hair all shabby eyes all red

the first time, i remember confiding into you 

no worries of being judged 

no worries of being cheated 

no worries of being played

no worries of being broken

again. 

how do you manage to make me feel so light 

even when i’ve tons of, puddles of, guilt, depression, tears, fear, hate, misery, sorrows 

flowing in, with the blood 

i’m sorry 

for being so selfish 

for coming to you only in my bad times

and forgetting you in the good ones 

for being conditional, not once/twice but maybe always 

for abiding in all those poetries which never really rhymed 

like this one

for not letting you rest, by coming at 3am or sometimes at 3pm 

sorry for the tears 

which fell upon you

making you a bit soggy

a bit too untidy 

my dairy ❤ 

Why even quit

Why die young When you’ve songs you haven’t sung

Sites you haven’t seen and places you haven’t been
Why die pretty 

There is a world outside the city 

People you haven’t met and secrets you haven’t kept
Why die so fast?

These moments will pass 

There is the book you will miss 

There are coffee cups you haven’t kissed 

Meadows to walk through 

children to talk to 

books left to be read 

so why? Oh! why do you wish to be dead?
Why even die when you can travel alone?

Leave this world

And disconnect your phone 
Why even cry over someone’s world?

When there is someone’s ‘I love you’ you yet haven’t heard. 
As you stare at that vein kissing that knife 

Think of all the things you’d miss if you end this life. 

If I were you I’d wait for the scars to fade. If I were you I’d put down that blade.