Health is wealth. We take our health for granted, until it's gone. Here are 5 great tips that will make a world of difference to your health.

Eat at fixed hours

Eat at fixed hours everyday. If you follow this advice religiously, you will be far healthier than your peers. Don't wait till you have reached the age when you can no longer say 'you are only old in the mind'. Start eating your meals at a fixed hour everyday. Only when a person becomes a grandmother, does he or she start realizing the importance of eating meals at a fixed time. Begin now, so the next to next generation can say of you: "Hell, no! That ain't my mother, that's my great grandmother!"

Avoid eating between meals

Your digestive system doesn't get a break if you keep munching throughout the day, so give it a rest. Breakfast at 8:30 am, lunch at 12:30 pm and dine at 7:30 or 8:00 pm at the latest, and do not eat anything in the middle. If you must, take a milk and snack break once in the evening, but no more. However, if you are looking to lose weight, dine even earlier and skip your evening snack entirely.

Reduce meat consumption

Avoid eating red meat and too much of chicken. Fish is fine, as it is very high protein. Other meats are not as easy to digest. Ever notice how doctors advise certain patients to stop consuming non-vegetarian food? Ever notice how many people, as they advance in age, choose to give up meat? That's because these people's systems can no longer take so much meat. The human body was not built to consume flesh, which is why humans ultimately have to switch to shakahari food. A cow will starve to death in a grassless land, but will not eat meat, and a lion will die of hunger, but will not feed on grass. Why? Nature has made the lion a meat-eater. He has well-developed canines, and a 'short' long intestine to quickly expel meat before it develops toxins. Humans on the other hand have extremely poorly developed canines, appropriate for chewing vegetables, not for tearing flesh. In addition, they have 'long' long intestines, rendering it impossible (unless you have a bad stomach) to expel the meat before it goes bad in the body and starts spreading toxins.

Increase soyabean consumption

Most of us know that soyabeans are excellent providers of nutrients, but how many of us eat this rich food? An easy way to include soyabeans in our diet is to add 500 gm of soyabean in 10 kg of wheat before it is milled. Eat these soya/wheat chapattis instead of regular wheat chapattis for a healthy, nutritious option.

Enjoy your meal

  1. Don't rush through your meals.
  2. Chew your food properly, so your system finds it easier to digest.
  3. Have a lively conversation during meals.
  4. Turn mealtimes into family time.
  5. Try and ensure that everyone eats at least one meal in a day together.
  6. Don't give your children meals in their room unless they have friends over.
  7. Make sure they sit with the rest of the family.
  8. If this is a rule from the beginning, they will find abide by it with more ease as they grow up.
  9. Remove the television from the dining room, or let it play music.
  10. You should not be watching the tube while eating, you should be talking to each other, remember?
  11. Believe it or not, enjoying a meal is actually far healthier than eating when depressed or anxious.

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