How many times did you count your calories that you took while you had the last meal? Or did you take a good look at the ingredients of the food you had last night? Or when was the last time you considered having equal portions of proteins, carbs and micronutrients in your diet? These are the questions that your mind would only answer in negation if you are a Pakistani.
As an Urdu proverb goes around “Bhook mein insan sirf paet say sochta hai” (A hungry man only thinks with his stomach) is a very rightful depiction of a Pakistani society where we all would eat anything when hungry overlooking every possible apparent and non-apparent conditions of the food? All of our Pakistani food is rich in flavors, texture and colors but nobody can give the guarantee that whether it is made in a healthy manner. Homemade food have an exception in this case but again nobody is sure whether the ingredients are manufactured in a safe and healthy manner.
For a healthy body and mind, the main fuel, food plays the most vital role. Selection of what you eat is critical to how your body systems would work. A healthy diet would most certainly produce healthiest effects on the body such as good hair and skin health, maximum protection against nutritional disorders, increased focus and quality life. Whereas on the contrary, unhealthy diet has disastrous effects on the body that in most cases do not appear immediately but as the body ages, the effects start to appear in a horrifying manner mainly in the form of nutritional disorders, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, arthritis and much more.
The dilemma of our country is the lack of knowledge and awareness about the nutritional values of the food we consume. Pakistanis do not care at all about what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. Knowing the food we consume is as important as taking care of ourselves. Would you really want to let all these diseases inflict you and your future generations? Never! So taking care of what goes inside your body is highly important.
A healthy nutritious food plate consist of equal parts of proteins and carbs, some minerals and vitamin supplements, sufficient water content and minimum calories. Besides healthy food, the timing of intake of food is also very important. Being an all-nighter or doing midnight snacking is the easiest way to gain extra unnecessary weight and look overweight. It is said that it is very healthy to get done with your dinner at least one or half an hour before going to bed, this helps your body to digest the food properly and utilize all the nutrients.
Overeating is also one of the main leading factors towards unhealthiness. Pakistanis often tend to eat till a point where the inhalation of oxygen air could hardly fit in their stomachs. This is a very pressing issue as over eating does not let proper digestion of food and hence accumulation of half-digested food in the body as unhealthy fats which cause weight gain.