Ancient natural way of living
Let’s implement our ancient natural way of life. Let’s save our time and our future generation from the grip of disease.
Natural way of life
“The Tamil cultural diet is not based on eating what is available or based solely on taste. Elders say, ‘Nothing happens without a reason’. Similarly, there are many scientific secrets hidden behind each of our eating habits.
Breakfast is only porridge…
There was a proverb in the ancient Tamil community that breakfast was only porridge. The breakfast of the day consisted of porridge and porridge made from grains grown in the Bunsei fields such as rye, sama, and sorghum. Milk, porridge, porridge etc. made in Kezhvarak were given as food for children.
Even if we take less of such liquid foods, our body gets enough nutrients and energy. Eating less reduces blood flow to the stomach for digestion. It helps in the smooth flow of blood required for the movement of other parts of the body like hands and feet. Through this, the energy required for physical work is also fully available.
In ancient times, Tamils have given more importance to small grains like varaku, millet, horsetail and chamai. They took pulses like sorghum, corn, gram, fenugreek and ulundangali as solid food.
They also used a variety of medicinal porridges for relaxation and after childbirth. Such porridges and kalis were responsible for their health and physical strength.
Mid-day meal should be taken at mid-day which provides nutrients and energy. Rye, varaku, samai and rice were cooked and eaten. They also added vegetables, fish and meat.
Vegetable means something dry and raw. Kai refers to the fruits of trees, plants and vines and curry refers to the pepper called curry. In ancient times, chili was used as a base along with the pods in the broths. Pepper is capable of breaking down any kind of poison. This is what they said then, ‘If you have ten pepper, you can eat it in the enemy’s house’.
Dinner before dark…
As they say dinner is before dark, they will eat in the evening. We can superficially think that it is due to the lack of electricity facilities in those days. Can’t eat in the light of the lamp? Eating in semi-darkness at Nakshatra Hotel today…
That’s not the point. We eat 2 hours before going to sleep. The body and mind get ready for sleep early. It also helps in waking up early the next morning. That’s what modern medicine says to finish dinner by 7 pm.
Going to sleep after enough time after evening meal gives enough rest to many organs of the body including intestines. After the evening meal, the next day’s breakfast was taken much later.
Nirakara is best to eat after such a long break. Because it helps in maintaining the acid-base balance of the stomach. This is also the science behind offering liquid foods such as fruit juice to those who are fasting to end it.
Realized the nature of food In the ancient times, they defined the nature of each food. According to this, they have analyzed and written in Siddhavaidhya texts and ancient literature’s about the life style of what food should be eaten in what season according to their body composition. Thus food itself became medicine.
Their kitchen was full of medicinal herbs like pepper, cumin, fenugreek, coriander (tanya), turmeric. Turmeric powder helps the food to retain its nutrients during cooking. It also acts as a disinfectant and soothes intestinal ulcers.
Neemor with dissolved curry leaves, panakam with suku powder and coriander coffee are served to the guests. On special occasions, it was customary to serve food to guests on banana leaves.
It can be said that plain rice and small onions soaked in curd is a suitable dish for everyone who follows a diet. Soaked raw fenugreek along with this dish will give you extra health benefits. It is a scientifically accepted diet by many people worldwide.
Food Mixture Ratio We classify our food into two categories as acidic foods and alkaline foods. We classify starchy foods as acidic foods and foods rich in fiber and protein as alkaline foods.
Eating foods that are 80% alkaline and 20% acidic helps in proper digestion.
80% alkaline ingredients like curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, pepper, turmeric and olive oil. Thus, every ingredient that we use in food has various medicinal properties.
Our diet is made up of food items that properly change the nature of hydrochloric acid and enzymes secreted in the stomach during digestion.
Eating methods The ancients had the habit of eating while sitting on the ground. They had the habit of consuming food items in 12 times. These classifications were based on the nature, style and taste of the food they consumed.
1. Drinking – very small amount of intake.
2. Eating – Appetite intake.
3. Ingestion – Ingestion of water by gathering the mouthful.
4. Drinking – Eating watery food (like porridge) little by little to satisfy hunger.
5. Eating – Consuming snacks.
6. Washing – Eating with relish.
7. Nakkal – intake of Dulavi by tongue.
8. Swallowing – swallowing whole in one mouthful.
9. Barugal – Sipping water product.
10. Manthal – Ingestion with great appetite.
11. Chewing – Biting the bitten product with the teeth and chewing it thoroughly.
12.Swallowing – Ingestion through the throat between the teeth and the tongue.
Our diet is a traditional way of consuming food in a variety of ways along with emotions. But now we are prone to many health problems due to the habit of eating in a hurry and eating whatever is available. The reason for using olive oil is that it does not contain unhealthy fats. It got this name because it is rich in good fats that our body needs.
Applying castor oil on the soles of your feet before going to bed at night will keep your eyesight clear. Even if we start using ghee from today, various diseases will get rid of us. Apart from that, taking this in the food according to the above mentioned food ratio will support our health.
Ours is a culture where rice is eaten in moderation. Ours is a diet of mostly grains and vegetables. They have been eating rice and rice only on special days.
But with the passage of time, due to foreign food cultures, rice food such as rice rice, idli, dosa has been added excessively and now it has come to a stage where rice is a danger.
Consumption of small grain foods rich in fiber and protein has decreased drastically. Over the past 50 years, many changes have made us forget the dietary patterns our bodies have traditionally been accustomed to, and have made us sicker.
Let’s go back to traditional food In the name of civilization, we are addicted to foreign food culture, seduced by the taste of the tongue, spoiling our gut and body by shoving in all the foods that we find. Many people are getting into the habit of cooking and eating chapatis and parottas packed in packets.
To protect ourselves from such problems, we should again realize the merits of our ancient diet
The only way is to follow!