Do not be fooled by his happy belly, our beloved and voracious bappa can very well teach you a diet lesson, or five!
Lesson no. 1.Never skip on Greens…EVER!
We all know that Ganapati Bapps just can not do without his Durva. Now we do not have any definitive evidence to prove whether he actually likes them or pretends to like them because of mother’s constant nagging 😛
Obvious humor and euphemism aside, the significance of durva in Ganesh aradhana and importance of overall greens (betel leaf, mango leaves, ashoka leaves, bilva/bel leaves, shami leaves) in almost all Hindu rituals signifies that vegetation has been an integral part of our lives for thousands of years. Our diets has historically been high in vegetables. However in past few decades, economical downfall has adversely affected our consumption of greens! . Thus Tip no 1, Eat more vegetables, especially green leafy ones!
Lesson No. 2. Hi-Five✋
What is the number of fruits that are kept for Ganesh Pooja? (Spoiler: Answer 👈)
And what is the recommended number of fruits/vegetables servings that we should be eating every day?
Yup, you guessed it right! How amazing, right?
Now you can of course laugh at my pathetic eureka moment when I came up with this crazy association. But then again, why not? I am willing to poke fun at myself if that will get you to remember that you need to eat 5 fruit and vegetable servings each day.
Did you ask what 5 fruits and vegetable servings look like? Well a half a banana with breakfast, half katori palak paneer and 4-5 slices of cucumber with lunch, an apple to satisfy your 4pm hunger pang, and really any sabzi with or without salad at dinner time… not that difficult, right?
Lesson No. 3. Pop Up Your Snacks!
Who loves puffed/popped grains for snacks?
Ok, who loves popcorn and bhel?
As the story goes, little Ganesh was invited by Kubera (the deity of wealth) who wanted to flaunt his assets. So to break his pride Ganesha gobbled up all his food, yet he was so hungry that nothing could satisfy his appetite. That time his father, lord Shiva gave him a handful of puffed rice and that did the trick!
So moral of the story, puffed rice is REALLY filling!
All puffed grains like, popped corns, popped jowar, puffed rice, puffed oats, puffed wheat, puffed amaranth (rajgira) make up for a better snack (than their original counterparts) as they are high in fiber and are also very satiating.
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Lesson No. 4. Desserts do no harm!
People always blame the desserts for their weight gain, but truth is that desserts intrinsically does no harm. But overeating does! So this Ganesh chaturthi, do not skip on those Modaks 🙂
Did you know that a Modak contains almost half the amount of calories compared to a Doughnut!
Lesson No. 5. Love your food and Your Body!
Nothing…none of the diets or the pills or the workout can sustain you for a lifetime if you do not learn to love your food and your body!
“Have you ever seen Ganapati Bappa not smiling at his modaks, or being conscious of his physique? Yeah, me neither!”
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So my friends, though last but this is the most important diet tip that you can learn from observing Lambodar.
Have a positive relationship with your food, have an appreciation for your own body… be happy, keep up the efforts and you will receive what you prayed for, a gift of good health 🙂
“Happy Ganesh Chaturthi you all!”
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She is a Registered Dietitian who does not believe in dieting; She has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition but she is not your “I know it all Nutrition Guru!”; She loves food but loves talking about food even more. Her articles are a direct reflection of her personal quest where nutrition science meets real life! Oh, and she is owned by a 3 m.o. naughty kitten 🙂