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5 Best Traditional Indian Eating Habits
  • Arati Shah

  • 05, Oct. 2020

5 Best Traditional Indian Eating Habits

One nation, diverse cultures – that is what India is all about. The type of food varies in each culture, but what remains almost the same are the food habits. People bond over food in India, whether it is with family or with friends. Today, the eating habits are changing vastly, thanks to the influences from the west. But, little do we know that these eating habits have a huge impact on our health and happiness. It would be in our best interests to go back to our roots and look at traditional food habits even as we embrace other cultural influences. 

Here are 5 food habits that can be adopted even today by us: 

  1. The Indian thali: The much hyped My Plate method of eating is only a reflection of our Indian thali which offers nothing short of a balanced diet. The varied dishes in the thali can be a great way to balance the different tastes as well as offer satiety at the same time. So, our traditional roti / rice, sabzi, salad / kachumber, dal / beans / chicken / fish and curd / buttermilk is a perfect combo of a balanced meal combining all food groups.  

  1. Eating crossed legged on the floor: Many experts equate sitting on the floor cross legged to the yogic posture “Sukhasana”. Sukhasana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal and intestinal areas and thus improves digestion of food. So practice sitting cross legged on the floor which many of us have forgotten or not learnt and ditch the dining table.   

  1. Vocal for local: Indians have always used the local and seasonal produce for cooking. This was their way to support the farmers and at the same time eat the produce when it is at its best nutrition. So,go back to local and seasonal foods.  

  1. Eating with hands: Sometimes, we find it unpleasant when we see someone eating with their fingers and licking the food.However, eating with fingers has always been a part of our culture. It enables us to experience the different food textures. Ayurveda says that each finger is an extension of the 5 elements and by eating with the fingers these elements get stimulated and help in the secretion of the digestive juices in the stomach.   

  1. Early dinner: Dinner was always early as we grew up and much earlier when our parents were young. It is only in the past few years that people have started having late dinners. In fact, in Jainism eating before the sunset is a religious norm which is still followed by many today. Not only does it help in sleeping better but also helps in maintaining a healthy weight. 

In general, our traditional eating habits have always helped maintain the health of our forefathers. Why not steer slowly towards them? Also, working with a fitness nutritionist to design your diet plan will help in weight maintenance.