Sunday, August 27, 2006
Healthier Yester year and the sombre today!

I was reading this nice post here on how important cooking is in our lives and what an important role healthy food plays in determining our health. What we should be reminded is that we are in a fast paced world and sometimes it is unavoidable to eat the junk. Well I guess thats why we need to have a balance between what we eat and how we exercise. At the end of that post there was a question of why the yesteryear generation was more healthy, is it the healthier food alone that attributes to a person's well-being: I started thinking through it and instead of leaving a response there :) I penned down my thoughts on the same here:- let me know if you agree on these!
(Now the points mentioned may not go well with all cultures, but overall I tried to make a list of things that play an important role in deciding or affecting your health)

1. My father has been a strict vegetarian whole through his life, but still he is a diabetic - he doesnt eat junk food, no sweets either - which means certain things are passed down genetically! The traits of your hormones cannot be changed whatever good food you eat - agree?
2. We live in a world that is surrounded by pollution and increasing levels of hazards - all plants are grown fast to meet the demands and hence lot of fertilizers are used against the natural growth - the quality of food and life is affected and is not natural -agree?
3. Yesteryear people had more physical work to do - the daily chores starting from washing clothes to cleaning the house, or even travelling (mostly on foot) which gave them a equal proportion of physical work all day long in comparison of to the food they ate. We dont have all this thanks to the luxury and comfort of technology - washing machine to wash your clothes, housemaid to clean your house, and very easy ways to travel. It is important to be active with physical work whole day rather than 1-2 hrs of physical work - agree?
4. Our work envrionment is so tediously planned thanks to burning extra oil at night and all day sitting at the same place staring at the monitors - this has virtually reduced any further physical activity - a main factor why diseases crop up everyday like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or Motor Neuron Disease.
5. Finally remeber its the sound mind and the sound body that go hand in hand together. We are mentally haunted by so many things that are not even trivial - these play a major hand in pulling your health down. Yester year generation was more sociable - sorry If I've to make a statement as this, being sociable is not just freaking out at parties and meeting ur neighbours occasionally - a daily walk with a group of your neighbours on a park or beach or even extending a friendly hand and warm smile to a new person in your locality can make you more sociable.

Remember, its ultimately you who can make this world more healthy - by changing yourself and eating sensibly first and I always remember Swami Vivekananda's words
'If you are poor, work. If you are rich, work. If you are burdened with un-seemingly unfair responsibilities, work. If disappointments come, work. If sorrow overwhelms you and loved ones seem not true, work. If health is threatened, work. When dreams are shattered and hope seems dead, work. Work as if your life is in peril. It really is. No matter what ails you, work. Work faithfully. Work in faith. Work is the great remedy available for both mental and physical afflictions'
posted by Prasanna Parameswaran at 6:01 PM |


At 8:24 PM, Blogger Andrew

Hi Prasanna,
Thanks so much for dropping by my site and for leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate it!

See you next time,


At 10:45 PM, Blogger Priya

thanks a lot for visiting my site and for having continued to think on the same lines..
i think each and every point for why the yesteryear people aren't affected is very valid. Though I want to say something else also as answer in my next post, I thought about all those points you mentioned which are very much intertwined with my thoughts(answer). But when i see them as points here in separate, it makes it more clear!!!
I could see clarity in your thoughts. I am glad that i got to visit a very sensible blogspot!!!
thanks again!!


At 10:50 PM, Blogger Andrew

Thanks again for yet another great comment over my way! (...maybe you would even consider adding me to your list of links so your readers can find their way as well? I promise I'll leave the porch light on for them :o)

All the best!


At 12:10 AM, Blogger Kavi

Thought provoking post! You are bang on, on most fronts.

I guess work is important, but work is no eternal solution. A better solution would be balance. A balance in all what we do: Work. Food. Play. Love. Hobbies...its easier said than done ! But that will be great to have


At 12:49 AM, Blogger KK

Very Nice post. I agree to all your points. Eating the right food ,good amount of physical work and a peaceful mind will lead to a health life.

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Hope to see you around.


At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

Interesting post. as with everything in life the key is balance.


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Keshi

yes...we have only one life, one body and one mind. TC of em!



At 12:14 PM, Blogger Ekta

Hey I completely agree and have also realised in the past 6 months how important it is to not take our health for granted! And indeed it is we who are responsible for our health..good or bad!


At 12:15 PM, Anonymous anand

Grt post!
Have realised how important it is to work on your body and respect it!!
We often tend to take out bodies for granted not realising that it is the biggest source of happiness or unhappiness!
Everytime I stop exercising I put on weight and this is my bodys way of reminding me to not take it for granted!


At 3:53 PM, Blogger ambi

kudos! better we can return to our natural manure system as suggested and worked out by namazhvaar and p.s.swaminathan agro-scientists.
very nice written esp vivekananda's quotes. :)


At 7:06 PM, Blogger indianangel

Andrew: Thanks for your comment here as well! Hoping to see you around soon!

Priya: Thank you! It was your post the made me think and write this here! Thanks and do visit again!

Kavi: Thank you! I think you got wrong with what was meant as work the emphasis is not the real work - its work on FAITH! Anyway thanks and drop by again!

KK : Thank you and welcome here!

Anonymous: Thanks and do leave your name next time! :)

Keshi: Then y do we have 2 hands, legs, ears,nostrils and eyes! Just kidding! :) you are right!

ekta and anand: very true! it happens to everyone and then they start worrying abt it! Thanks and do come again!

Ambi: enna sir! nellai manadu mudinja ursaagathula irukeengala! agro scientistunnu rendu pera eduthu vutrukeenga! :) thats a very nice thot, thanks for mentioning here!


At 10:48 PM, Blogger Syam

na ellorum solratha vechu naanum agree nice post nu...hee hee ivalo dhooram padikka porumai illa :-)


At 7:46 AM, Blogger Keshi

lol good Qn...maybe cos we have 2 sides to that 1 body? :)



At 12:27 PM, Blogger Jeevan

I too agree! I love to work, but what work can i do just sitting form the chair, so i need to be carfull what food am i taking and try my best to be active. most childreans are fat becuse of over junk food and always sitting before TV and games.


At 5:55 PM, Blogger smiley

very intersting info and pic too :)


At 4:33 AM, Blogger indianangel

Keshi :)
Jeevan: Hey, no worries after all its ultimately the heart and work in faith that matters. Yes you are right - these days children have totally forgotten outdoor sporting activities
Smiley: Thank you!