Milking your money and health! Jan 30th

This starts pretty early in life.

Your grandma tells you – ghee is sacred. It is the gift of cows and food for gods.

Then your ma tells you – want lustrous hair and skin? Chupchaap take some ghee!

Then your doctor tells you – for easy digestion, make sure you get your share of dahi.

And then you will hear yourself thinking and saying things like – “I felt a little confused when some friends said such horrible things about having milk! Par kya hai na, I go by my gut feeling about these things – I need dairy – milk and all products of milk – to be healthy”.

Whatever role we may be in – grandmother, teacher, vice president, CEO, teacher, mother, sister, banker, whatever – ability to think flawlessly is a great asset. We can all agree that it will come handy in every situation of life. This requires that we go meta, and that means thinking and examining the process of thinking itself.

I’ll share the most commonly seen blocks to sound thinking that I encounter in my work.  

a. accepting inaccurate information.

b. making wrong inferences. 

c. tailoring the information and conclusions to suit one’s bias. 

d. Making unjustified assumptions.

e. Not staying open to listening to reasons.

d. Getting defensive and or resorting to indifference.

And when it comes to this particular topic of dairy, it’s common to see the ethnocentric type of mental blocks. For instance, we say ‘we north Indians,’ ‘we south Indians’, ‘we Hindus,’ and ‘we brahmins’ to justify our position.  

 

We protect and perpetuate our faulty thinking in many ways. Here are some common strategies we indulge in –

a. forming groups with others like yourself – ‘we the dairy lovers,’ ‘we the coffee drinkers’ kind of thing. In a room full of alcoholics, the lone sober guy is the oddball after all!

b. staying passive and unquestioning in relationships – there are many payoffs to believing, “my mother is my encyclopedia!” 

c. cut off or use excuses when critiqued – you become aloof or indifferent with people that don’t agree with your reasoning. Aloofness is one way of cutting off information itself. ‘This is how – I was raised /I am / it works for me – are some examples of excuses.

d. full-blown acting out – having an emotional outburst disproportional to the context or resorting to baseless ‘they shamed me’ stories.

In clinical and hospital settings, it is relatively common to see variations of these blocks and strategies unfold in real-life situations. The intention of sharing it with you is to alert you to your possible flaws of thinking that may come up in the reading and processing of the remainder of this post.  

There is absolutely NO pressure on you to change your behavior. It is entirely your choice IF and WHEN you want to address it. So, take a brief pause, relax, and read further. Read slowly. Assimilate the meaning of each statement in your mind before you read the next one.

Ready?

Let’s start.

The fat and protein content of mammalian milk varies significantly among the species.

It is inversely proportional to the rate of growth at which the baby animal doubles in size. This is to say that an animal that is fastest to double itself in size has the highest protein content in its milk. And it also has a comparatively shorter span of life.

Rat’s milk has 11.8 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 4 1/2 days and has an average life span of 2 years

Cat’s milk has 9.5 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 7 days and has an average lifespan of 2-16 years

The dog’s milk has 7.1 grams of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 8 days and has an average lifespan of 10-13 years

Goat’s milk has 4.1 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 19 days and has an average lifespan of 15-18 years

Cow’s milk has 3.3 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 47 days and has an average lifespan of 18- 22 years

Horse’s milk has 2.4 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 60 days and has an average lifespan of 25-30 years

Human milk has 1.2 gm of protein per 100 ml – Human baby doubles its size in 180 days and has an average lifespan of 79 years

This is to say that a human baby receives a low-protein content food, such as human breast milk. Exclusively, that too – at the time of the highest growth spurt in its lifetime.

While we’re on this topic of milk, let me say this – you may have observed that the fat content of human breast milk is the same as that of cow milk. I only discussed proteins so far. But yes, it is the same or similar percentage of fat content, in the region of 3.7%.

And you may be thinking to yourself – ” Dekha! main na kehti thi ..! ” Wait, I am not finished yet.

The cow’s milk is dominantly saturated fat, whereas human breast milk is not.

So having similar numbers doesn’t mean anything because they are of different composition altogether. This is to say, you can successfully make paneer, junnu, and basundhi out of cow’s milk. But nobody can make ever make paneer, junnu or basundhi out of human breast milk for this reason. Eewww!

You may decide whether dairy consumption is right for you or not right for you. And I sincerely hope your actions will be in alignment with what you think and feel to be correct.

 

 

 

Sometimes In Life It’s YOU Versus you

“Hey, fry me some pooris no, pleeeease?”

” Hey, make me some paneer bhurji to go with it no, pleeeease?”

The voices inside call out your name, begging you to give in to some craving. Just this ONE time, it pleads!

But you know what, sometimes winning means defeating yourself. 

This happens to be the tag line of the new sports fantasy novel that released, a co-collaboration of Kobe Bryant. It came out just a couple of days ago, and I’m so looking forward to reading it! I really hope you do too.

The current corona phase continues to prey as we are grappling with the chaos and destruction it has left in its trail. And now more than ever, my dear reader, you must not allow your cravings to win the better of you!

Defeating your cravings to eat oily, deep-fried, dairy-rich, meat, and egg-based fatty foods give you a much higher chance of winning the battle against corona.

Here’s a short but informative video I’d love for you to watch. And do what it asks of you!

 

Remember, sometimes defeating yourself is what brings you to sweet victory.

Until next time,
g

Am Not Sure You Grasped This At All!

My mentor says, “in this day and age, success comes to those who know how to cut out the noise and focus on what truly matters!”

Golden words, isn’t it, dear reader? She often says this to get us on track.

Given just how it snaps me out of mindless activity each time she says it, I now say it to myself several times a day. I shared a video last week. I’m not sure you grasped this part.

I will share JUST ONE fact from the video. Because appreciating just this one finding can transform your life.

In a lab setting, when the researchers want to study diabetes, they induce diabetes in mice. Do you know how it is done?

Take a guess.

Did you say feed excess sugar? Nope.

Did you say feed excess carbs? Wrong again!

 

They feed the mice with excessively fatty foods. And in no time at all, the once healthy mice become diabetic!

The researchers were very stunned by this finding, and they went on to try it with humans. And what do you think happened? The once healthy human subjects developed diabetes promptly.

What else counts as fatty food, you think?

Oil (think pooris), butter (think pav bhaji), cheese ( another name for which is pizza), ghee (that which you may be using in your rasam, roti, rice and I don’t know what else), cream (ice cream), paneer (roshogolla), curd (maybe an everyday staple), to name a few.

So, you may be thinking – okay, Girija! Why the hell are you bothering me with all this talk on diabetes? I don’t have it and am not interested!

It is this same excessive fat that causes insulin resistance. It also causes PCOS, unwanted excessive hair in women, painful periods, irregular periods, imbalance of hormones, making it difficult to conceive and pimples at all ages. I am only naming a handful of most common problems women today face because I don’t mean to upset you.

I also say it so you can recognize how most recipes you get to see in your social media news feed, television shows, and magazines are noise. They make you drool, and they cost you your precious health.

Next week I will educate you further on what this insulin resistance is and how to prevent it. But you have to be an insider to get the video link. Are you signed up for my newsletter?

What’s The Common Thread In Irregular Periods, Weight Gain, Pimples And Diabetes?

In the early 90 s when I was college, we’d think of diabetes, irregular periods, unwanted excessive facial hair, and pimples, much like how we felt about floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. They were all ‘acts of God.’

If a girl were unfortunate, she would have to deal with the anguish of painful periods. Or take insulin injections for her diabetes during pregnancy.

Worse was when a girl whose engagement was broken came to our endocrine clinic. All because the boy’s side felt she was too hairy. And she was doubly unfortunate as she hailed from an orthodox family and was also getting married into one – and she was not allowed to go to a beauty parlor to get that unsightly hair taken care of.

Do you want to know the common thread connecting all these health issues we face as women?

The answer is high-fat content in the foods we consume. That’s it.

The excess fat we take in by way of animal foods, and fatty plant foods such as coconut and vegetable oils cause what is called insulin resistance.

The insulin resistance then goes on to disrupt many critical cellular activities, causing a cascade of one adverse event after another in every organ system inside our bodies.

In the next email, let us discuss the topic further. Let’s see what is an acceptable amount of fat for us to stay healthy. Hit reply and send your questions, dear reader. I’ll do my best to take as many questions as I can!

Warmly,

g

I’m NOT Teaching Any Recipes!

 

So many of you wrote in asking for healthy recipes!

A healthy way to make pakoras, chips, and sweets 😂 , and brand names of healthy oils. Oh, dear!

Folks, listen to me – here’s the first super easy and perhaps ONLY recipe you’ll need for health.

#1 Learn to eat ingredients.

If you want to lose weight, get over your health issues caused by insulin resistance, you must stop going after elaborate recipes.

Just steamed rice is a complete dish.

Cooked dhal is a complete dish.

Chopped vegetables and fruits are complete in and of themselves.

‘Oh Girija, what are you saying! Don’t you have any need for taste??’

They are all tasty on their own. To me, that is! And if you combine two or three of these, it gets even better.

And if it helps you eat more vegetables, grains, and lentils in their simple and pure form – you may use a little salt, some spices, and cook them minimally.

Above all else, learn to combine taste elements of ingredients elegantly.

Such as mixing the sweet carrots with salty greens and spicy onions and fresh, crisp cucumbers – it becomes tasty like any other elaborate dish, but only healthier!

Put a heap of this salad on cooked rice, salt to taste – it will become a filling pulao type dish.

You can combine colors, textures, tastes of plain vegetables, fruit, cooked pulses, and grains. Chopping a vegetable finely and mixing it with a little fruit makes it so much easier to eat as it becomes juicy.

With minimal cooking, it increases your options even more.

You know what eating this way does to you, dear reader?

a. It frees up your time, money, and mental space from traditional cooking.

b. The highly nourishing – zero nonsense way of eating will loosen your attachment to junk food.

c. You can eat this type of food to your fill without having to count calories or worry about weight gain.

One of my American friends went on a health resort stay recently, which was terrific, by her admission. She came back feeling so much lighter – both in body and mind – and sat down to reflect the one thing that may have led to the result. This is what she concluded – mostly eat what we count as ingredients. She spent upwards of 5000 dollars for this insight!

Love,

g

Three Actions That Mend Period Pains, PCOS And Fatty Liver Will Also Help You Defeat Corona

How much the world has changed in just one week, my dear reader!

It is at times like this that we all value what remains to be our “mundane” familiar. Thank god for that! It is especially at times like now that I want to send gratitude via this post and say ‘thank you for this weekly rendezvous.’ I write because you are there to read it. And you mean the world to me.

Now, I’d like to point something fascinating to you about yourself. Which is right about all of us. And it is this –

If I were to tell you to add something to your day, your diet, or your wardrobe, you’d do it readily.

Add 10 minutes of meditation ya reader. Yes G, will do.

Please take a vitamin in addition to this veggie ya reader. Sure! Will do, G.

Hey, please buy this handbag ya reader, it’s on discount. Aiyyo, why please and all, tell me where to pay up, G.

But if I were to ask you to let go of something from your day, diet, or wardrobe, you’d resist it. Even if that thing were causing undesirable outcomes in your life, you’ll fight and cling to it, refusing to let go.

And this is NOT your shortcoming, my friend. It is a bias. 

Our brains come hard-wired with certain biases. And this is one of them. In the stone age, it was mostly a scarcity of resources that killed our ancestors. Be it of food, clothing, or any other valuable resource – it was a deficit of some kind that cost them their very survival. And our current brain has evolved to factor in this historical data. So, it perceives ‘letting go’ as ‘threat to survival’ even in the face of extraordinary abundance.

A wise person recognizes these biases about our brain and compensates for this error of perception. This is especially true when it comes to matters of health and food. 

In the enormous mountains of data available today, health problems such as

period pains,

PCOS,

fatty liver,

diabetes,

pimples up to Alzheimer’s disease are traced to what we eat and perceive as food.

It almost feels amusing to think how these three actions of –

a. quit dairy

b. quit meat

c. quit eggs

can help us almost defeat all these health problems.

And to this long list of problems, you may now count the new or novel virus, Corona.

I do not know of any dramatic way to present this simply stunning scientific truth in plain sight. I don’t know. It is up to you to take it. Or not.

I’ll see you next week. Stay well.

g

What Can You Do With 30 ml Of Oil For A Whole Month! It Is SO Less :-(

Tell me something – did you think this q yourself anytime?

Even if you haven’t, it’s okay – because I am going to answer it for someone else today – and you can listen in.

I’ve been after people who consult with me to eat less oil. Especially with this COVID threat, and we know that oily foods reduce our immunity.

So when this lady asked me this q on skype, I promised to email her my response. Some things you need to see in writing – on a paper – to grasp the meaning in its entirety.

And you get to see what I wrote for her. Please consider taking a print out of it and stick it on your refrigerator or someplace in your kitchen.

Q: What is the smallest teaspoon measure of oil that I have verified to work well for ONE dosa and tadka for a quantity of 4 people, etc.?

A: 1/8 teaspoon.

Q: How many 1/8 tsp measures are there in 30 ml of oil?

A: 240

Q: How many would that be per week and per day?

A: That would be 60 per week and approximately 8 per day.

Q: How would you use the quota of 8 one eighth tsp measures in a day – please enlist.

A: If I have to answer this Q for myself, I can never use it all up even if I want to! I always find myself having some on hand. Here’s how it breaks down for me –

a. Sambar – 1/8 – the amount of sambar I make and use, keeps for two days

b. Rasam – 1/8 – same as above, lasts for two days

c. Sabji like dry veg curries or gravy-like chole, rajma – 1/8 – keeps for two days

d. Idli – I never oil the plates

e. Dosa – I only oil once every 3-4 dosas

f. upma, poha, jeera rice, mushroom pulao – max 1/4 tsp

Oh and! I forgot to say this – for pressure cooking the toor dhal, I use even lesser than 1/8 tsp. I mostly use just a drop.

A drop (1/64 tsp), a smidgen (1/32 tsp), and pinch (1/16 tsp) measuring spoons are wonderful, even more importantly a necessity, to keep in your kitchen. They are usually found in bakery supplies aisle of your department store.

Now tell me, dear reader, how would you want to think of it –

just 1 ounce 

or only 30 ml 

or oh-wow-240-freaking-1/8-teaspoons of oil??

They are all the same. And not the same too, in a strange way!

Love,

g

PS: For my sanity, I made a rule about 11-12 years ago that I would NOT ever cook anything deep-fried in my kitchen. And I’ve found myself eating deep-fried food outside of home no more than 5-6 times a year. It is ALWAYS unpleasant afterward. And my body is slowly learning to reject it stronger than my tongue craves it – I observe them tussle over it.

A Zero-Guilt Laddoo You Can Make In 5 Minutes Or Less

Hi there, my dear reader,

It’s been the busiest two weeks since I’ve last spoke with you. But tests are over, assignments submitted, and I am on my way to getting better as a fragrance artist 🙂

Someone engaged me in a conversation over this .. I explained everything I knew in great detail from a nutrition standpoint, which I’ve written here.

And after a lot of head-nodding and ” absolutely agreeing,” they said they are going to go home and make paneer out of buffalo’s milk to use in recipes for the upcoming festivals.

Girija of 25 years ago would have cried rivers of frustration over this 😂 , but Girija of 2019 just went and took a luxurious nap for 30 minutes!

Coaching, counseling, and teaching are all activities focused on people that are open to receiving.

Even with self-directed and/or unassisted activities like reading, information that one is reading needs openness to be received.

And real learning always brings about a relatively lasting change in behavior. It needs practice for it to become a habit, though.

I see people with various levels of readiness for coaching and learning. But I work exclusively with those who are committed to objective self-assessment. These people are my tribe.

So, I wanted to help my tribe with a delectable yet easy sweet recipe for the upcoming festivals. And I came up with this Oats Laddoo for you.

 

Here’s how to make these delicious Oats Laddoo-s  

Ingredients:

Oats – regular old fashioned – 1.5 cups

Almonds – handful

Medjool Dates – 10-14, depending on how sweet you want it

Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

Place the dates in a bowl of water.

Put the oats in a food processor and powder it.

Then add the almonds into the processor, powdering it and mixing it with powdered oats.

By this time, the dates would have softened. So, drop the dates into the processor – you may chop them if you want to be kind to your machine – and turn the mixture to look like moist bread crumbs. Somewhat like this –

 

At this point, take some of this mixture and clump it to form a lump. It must hold the shape well. If you find it somewhat powdery, add a couple more dates and process it again.

Add the cardamom powder and process one final time.

Then take 1 tbsp amounts of this mixture and form them into laddoo-s.

There you have it, my friend! A Laddoo, that’s healthy for you.

Sssshhh … don’t tell anyone it came together in 5 minutes!

Enjoy prepping for the festivities, talk soon!

Love,
g

 

If You’re Holding Hot Coffee Or Something, Place It Down AND Then Read 😆

Oh, my dear reader!

Laughter is truly the best medicine there is. Well, my boss did not think so. A quick story for you –
One day he caught me being cheerful and laughing about something in the clinic waiting area. He sent word for me and said, ‘it’s not nice for a patient to see us laughing like this when they’re in pain. Please be serious hereafter!’

I was 22-23, 10 x more outspoken than am now 🤣 + had an arrogant shrug ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and had retorted back right away saying, ‘if they’re in pain, all the more, why should we all be cheerful. So, they will forget their pain at least for a brief moment??’

He was stumped! And annoyed with me. But later in the evening, he had left a note on my desk saying ‘G was right, S was wrong’ .. the nicest boss I’ve had I must say.

So why am I saying all this?
We’re continuing with Leela’s story of learning the Tracking habit. Now that she was working with me, it was the first day of her following my way. She _had_ to eat a huge salad and drink her soup at each meal, and you know this by now from just reading my emails!

And I got this panic call from Leela – it was close to 11 pm in her time zone.
I was a little stunned – and she was talking to me in whispers – and she was hissing she had gained three full kilos in 24 hours! And she said something was seriously wrong her as she had not seen anything quite like this and was worried.

This is what I did not know at the time of 11 pm panic phone call.
Leela had this strong conditioning from working with numerous exercise and diet “experts” to weigh herself every night before going to bed. And sometimes she’d check her weight 2-3 times a day, especially if she had gone to a wedding and eaten three or four feasts over the day.

Having seen all her blood reports just two days prior, nothing was alarming me, so I just comforted her, saying we could speak in the morning her time and asked her to go to bed. Her puzzling text message next morning –

“I went.”
I texted back -“??”
now she says, “I went G.”

It was morning her time, but it was my bedtime after a long workday. I had no patience for a cryptic text message, so I called her. She said her weight is good after ‘she went.’ Something about how she said “I went” and how she explained what she meant cracked me up like crazy 🤣

So, my dear reader, the lesson of this email is this – on the best diet, you’ll lose a maximum of about 20-30 grams of fat per day – THAT’S IT!
And what’s more, ALL OF US have perpetually fluctuating body weight, and it is NORMAL. So, please know it is useless to measure it several times a day. Or even once every day in the weight loss context, no matter which “expert” tells you.

This is the best example of tracking useless things – and a mistake I see more often than I care to share.

By the way, I went = I pooped!

Love,
g

The Math Of Weight Gain And Weight Loss

A friend set me up to hang out with four of her friends! It’s usually the same group of four or five of us women. We get together, and we chat. Given that each of us is involved in a different area of work, there’s so much to banter about.

But one of them wanted to shake things up a little bit and came up with this fun idea – and that’s how I got to hang out with four new ladies that are friends of my friend. And I had to share something impactful about my area of expertise in five minutes or under.
This is what I gave –

“On average, most women I speak to have some variation of this story … they share how they have gradually gained about 18-20 kilos in like, 20 years. And most of them tell me how unnoticeable it all was – as in, they felt the change only when they had to get into a blouse that was bought 5 or 10 years ago or some situation like that. Otherwise, they felt no change from month to month. Or even year to year!”

They were like – ‘how the hell do you know my story, were you eavesdropping on my thoughts?? Go on, bol dal! Tell us everything!!’

And I continued – “So, that makes it just about 1 kilo or less gained every year, consistently. That roughly translates to about 8000 calories worth of fat stored over 365 days. And that comes down to something like 20-22 excess calories per day! That is how much it takes to pile on those 20 kilos over 20 years. And not ever notice it.”

Now, my dear reader, we can do two things with any information. This is what I said to that group, and I’ll share it with you too – “we can allow it to empower us and guide our actions. Or we can choose to feel offended and think ‘oh this damn Girija .. always spoiling my fun!’

Whatever you do, know that it is a choice. My intention for sharing was to empower you.

Do you have any questions for me on what I shared?
Waiting to hear from you
g

Milking Your Money And Health!

This starts pretty early in life.

Your grandma tells you – ghee is sacred. It is the gift of cows and food for gods.

Then your ma tells you – want lustrous hair and skin? Chupchaap take some ghee!

Then your doctor tells you – for easy digestion, make sure you get your share of dahi.

And then you will hear yourself thinking and saying things like – “I felt a little confused when some friends said such horrible things about having milk! Par kya hai na, I go by my gut feeling about these things – I need dairy – milk and all products of milk – to be healthy”.

Whatever role we may be in – grandmother, teacher, vice president, CEO, teacher, mother, sister, banker, whatever – ability to think flawlessly is a great asset. We can all agree that it will come handy in every situation of life. This requires that we go meta, and that means thinking and examining the process of thinking itself.

I’ll share the most commonly seen blocks to sound thinking that I encounter in my work.  

a. accepting inaccurate information.

b. making wrong inferences. 

c. tailoring the information and conclusions to suit one’s bias. 

d. Making unjustified assumptions.

e. Not staying open to listening to reasons.

d. Getting defensive and or resorting to indifference.

And when it comes to this particular topic of dairy, it’s common to see the ethnocentric type of mental blocks. For instance, we say ‘we north Indians,’ ‘we south Indians,’ ‘we Hindus,’ and ‘we brahmins’ to justify our position.  

 

We protect and perpetuate our faulty thinking in many ways. Here are some common strategies we indulge in –

a. forming groups with others like yourself – ‘we the dairy lovers,’ ‘we the coffee drinkers’ kind of thing. In a room full of alcoholics, the lone sober guy is the oddball after all!

b. staying passive and unquestioning in relationships – there are many payoffs to believing, “my mother is my encyclopedia!” 

c. cut off or use excuses when critiqued – you become aloof or indifferent with people that don’t agree with your reasoning. Aloofness is one way of cutting off information itself. ‘This is how – I was raised /I am / it works for me – are some examples of excuses.

d. full-blown acting out – having an emotional outburst disproportional to the context or resorting to baseless ‘they shamed me’ stories.

In clinical and hospital settings, it is relatively common to see variations of these blocks and strategies unfold in real-life situations. The intention of sharing it with you is to alert you to your possible flaws of thinking that may come up in the reading and processing of the remainder of this post.  

There is absolutely NO pressure on you to change your behavior. It is entirely your choice IF and WHEN you want to address it. So, take a brief pause, relax, and read further. Read slowly. Assimilate the meaning of each statement in your mind before you read the next one.

Ready?

Let’s start.

The fat and protein content of mammalian milk varies significantly among the species.

It is inversely proportional to the rate of growth at which the baby animal doubles in size. This is to say that an animal that is fastest to double itself in size has the highest protein content in its milk. And it also has a comparatively shorter span of life.

Rat’s milk has 11.8 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 4 1/2 days and has an average life span of 2 years

Cat’s milk has 9.5 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 7 days and has an average lifespan of 2-16 years

The dog’s milk has 7.1 grams of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 8 days and has an average lifespan of 10-13 years

Goat’s milk has 4.1 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 19 days and has an average lifespan of 15-18 years

Cow’s milk has 3.3 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 47 days and has an average lifespan of 18- 22 years

Horse’s milk has 2.4 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 60 days and has an average lifespan of 25-30 years

Human milk has 1.2 gm of protein per 100 ml – Human baby doubles its size in 180 days and has an average lifespan of 79 years

This is to say that a human baby receives a low-protein content food, such as human breast milk. Exclusively, that too – at the time of the highest growth spurt in its lifetime.

While we’re on this topic of milk, let me say this – you may have observed that the fat content of human breast milk is the same as that of cow milk. I only discussed proteins so far. But yes, it is the same or similar percentage of fat content, in the region of 3.7%.

And you may be thinking to yourself – ” Dekha! main na kehti thi ..! ” Wait, I am not finished yet.

The cow’s milk is dominantly saturated fat, whereas human breast milk is not.

So having similar numbers doesn’t mean anything because they are of different composition altogether. This is to say, you can successfully make paneer, junnu, and basundhi out of cow’s milk. But nobody can make ever make paneer, junnu or basundhi out of human breast milk for this reason. Eewww!

You may decide whether dairy consumption is right for you or not right for you. And I sincerely hope your actions will be in alignment with what you think and feel to be correct.

 

 

“G, should I do keto? Or Paleo?”

The quality of questions will determine the quality of the answers. This means you must be invested in examining your issues and upping your game around them.

“G, should I do Keto, or should I go Paleo?” For most women, this question is no different than asking, ‘should I go for bandhani saree or ajrakh?’

For the slightly more seasoned ones, it could be ‘keto – vegetarian or keto-pescetarian’..! Or how about ‘gluten-free paleo’? Just like saying, bandhani saree with ajrakh palla! This is like the ultimate sophistication. At least inside our heads.

I promise you. There isn’t a hint of sarcasm as I said that. I’m just holding a mirror to the conversations I’ve personally participated in, many many times.

My firm belief about clarity is – the quality of questions will determine the quality of answers. And this means examining those questions and striving to ask better and better ones each time as go further in life. It becomes imperative to do this. So what are some right questions you can ask around healthy eating as a topic? Giving you a peek into some insightful questions and answers to inform your thinking.

Whether you decide to go keto or paleo or gluten-free or some other combination, the greatest challenge is to be able to do it long term. And another dampener to most regimes is that persistent preoccupation with food and eating. Frankly, it’s just plain and unmistakable physical feeling of hunger! How to get past that?

A great question in this context would be to ask, how do I diet or eat healthy as if it’s a way of life. This is indeed an excellent question to go after, and I get asked all the time. Some variation of this would be how to eat a certain way like forever, like not even wanting to want those things that aren’t all that good for me?

Can you even diet and not feel hungry all the time? Is it possible to have a diet and not-hungry in the same sentence?

The answer is yes! It is indeed possible to diet and not feel miserably deprived and hungry. Yes, it’s possible. It would help if you only matched your definition of diet and hunger to how your body thinks of diet and hunger.

Is there something like that, a human diet??

Of course!

Diet – by your body’s definition, would mean eating in alignment with the natural history of human species.

So, what’s the diet that is natural to our species? Humans, for the most part, have survived by eating starchy tubers.

How do we know this? Some scientists have taken an interdisciplinary approach to study paleontology, anthropology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. And they have documented a series of evidence that proves the human survival story to be primarily relying on starchy foods. The human body and its processes are also designed for precisely this feature.

Most women immediately say how the early humans were hunters and how it feels hard to reconcile with this idea that we may have survived eating mostly starchy tubers. Why would you accept everything you read or what you were handed down unquestioningly? My suggestion as always is, get curious. Sometimes a great question to ask in a situation would be about the view that you’re opposed to.

How do you support your argument that we humans have been starch eaters historically?

The human brain runs mostly on glucose, and glucose is a byproduct of eating predominantly starchy foods.

Human DNA, be it from the deep forests of Amazon or the city dwellers from anywhere on earth, contains a gene called Amylase 1. Which is to say we’re genetically programmed to make amylase-rich saliva. The human saliva containing this enzyme called amylase is vital for breaking down the starch into glucose.

But you aren’t saying anything to say why we weren’t hunters, are you?

Like how a lion is designed for predation, a human is designed in precisely the opposite way, for foraging. That is, to eat something that doesn’t need to be chased after.

This is also why the lions have an enviable stride length and run at 50 plus km/h speed. At the same time, humans are designed to have massive pillar-like legs meant for endurance activity like foraging, which involves walking across a large area.

For the same reason, a human did not necessarily need the forward-deployed feature like pointy claws – we have flat and blunt nails. Neither do we need canine type teeth that are shaped to bite, rip, and tear. Ours is a jaw and teeth structure optimized for side-to-side chewing.

For example, a lion goes hunting at night because that’s when it has the best advantage of preying on a weak or sick or sleeping animal. After all, it makes for an easier catch. And herbivores – their prey, do sleep at night. All carnivore animals have a super acute hearing, fantastic night vision that is oriented to perceiving movement more than anything else. Their sense of smell is extraordinary too. This is how they can sense from very great distances if their prey is diseased, infected, or infirm.

How else do you think we are different?

On the other hand, humans are innately drawn to the most luscious, colorful, and healthy-looking leaf or fruit or other plant parts as we recognize this to be nutritious. We would forage only during the daytime, which is when we could assess the quality of food best. We are the kind that needs to eat small quantities several times a day and are not built to hoard huge amounts of food inside our body. And by the way, only a tiny fraction of the hunts are successful. That is why these carnivore creatures are sedentary and sleep for most of the day, helping them conserve energy during the long gaps between meals.

When a lion pounces on its prey, the front of the animal is protected – thick furry skin, shoulders are very heavily padded, the heart is deeply set inside the rib cage, and the vulnerable body parts like the abdomen and gonads are way in the back. Gonads are another word to say sex organs. Humans have exposed anatomy – abdomen, which is not covered by bones is in the front, as are the gonads. We have relatively hairless skin laden with sweat glands to cool our big and bulky brain.

I’ve heard paleo and keto ways of eating are very good for women, especially with regards to fertility, hormones, and weight loss. What do you say?

Do you think your women-ancestors would be able to survive chasing after prey and hunting for food? During pregnancy??

If you see the pregnant females of our species – which is again entirely front-focused, plus upper body strength is much lesser compared to carnivore females – predation is impractical. And nowhere in nature do you see the females of a species depending on the males of the species for food, for their survival.

The length of gestation is dramatically different for humans compared to carnivores. Carnivores have short pregnancy and very low birth weight babies – this means that a pregnant lion can go and absolutely would go hunting – with no fear of miscarrying or abortion or losing the baby in some way because of the physically stressful act of hunting.

A heavily pregnant human female is much less mobile. She has a long gestation period, which is very typical of large herbivores, and give birth to a single baby – single births are the rule – and babies are born with eyes open at birth in herbivores and humans, alike. The eyes being open is a measure of the extent of brain development. Human embryology suggests that herbivore way of eating is a prerequisite for our brain development.

So, are we all plant-eating herbivores then?

No, we are omnivores only. The scientific literature points out we have a capacity for a wide range of foods, including meats. But this doesn’t mean we get to weave theories about our evolution and change historical facts to make us feel better about our choices. We should not be curating diet regimens to include foods that we aren’t willing to let go of and sell it as the best diet for humans.

This concludes Part 1 of this post – this post happened thanks to some courageous women that were willing to ask uncomfortable questions and listen. I request you to carry on this spirit and help every one of us learn better. After all, what you do for yourself, you’re doing for the entire humanity. Please tell us in the comments below, what was the most eye-opening part for you – how did this bring you clarity?