I have been trying to understand the lifestyles and eating habits of young people. This is the age when most people have high energy levels and possess good appetites.
They are also independent in their choice of foods, which means they eat a lot of fast food. Common problems affecting young people include acne, dull skin, hair problems, digestive problems, lack of concentration and poor memory, headaches, weight issues and stress.Both the body and the mind need the correct prescription so young people can function at their best.
Solutions for the mind
The mind at this age is enthusiastic but tends to react adversely to even the slightest of unpleasant situations.
The person’s wishes and desires (some personal, some imposed by parents, peers and society) play on her or his mind. So pranayams would help calm the mind, actively relax the temper and get the mind to move in a positive direction.
At this age, music is like a balm. Listening to music or playing it channelises energies in a positive and constructive fashion.
Sports and games help students vent out their frustrations in a focused way, and also help build a healthy physique. Many girls tend to diet to lose weight but do not achieve their proper figure.
Plus, they suffer from low blood pressure and low energy because of the complete lack of physical exercise in their life. And sports builds team spirit.
No one can be an achiever without being a good team player. This needs to be learnt early.
Creative pursuits like photography, theatre and so on give people special gifts which could either become a career later, or help in other fields.
Creative expression is also de-stressing, creates personal satisfaction and generates self worth.
Solutions for the body
For great skin and hair, make a juice of carrot, beetroot, ginger, celery / green vegetables, five tulsi leaves, barley grass or wheatgrass and tomato and drink it every day with rock salt.
Eat uncooked sprouts five times a week, dressed with a teaspoon each of honey and lime juice and salt.
Eat unrefined food four times a week in the form of vegetable dalia or vegetable brown rice poha, oat upma, brown rice idlis, boiled corn and barley salad, ragi dosa and jowar and bajra rotis when they are in season.
For protein, vegetarians may have grilled paneer, sprouts, soya milk and tofu, and non-vegetarians should eat grilled fish or chicken and boiled eggs.
Non-vegetarians should note that 60 per cent of their diets should be vegetarian.
From HT Brunch, January 29
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