Food Rules for the Rain


[pullquote-left]Monsoon 2017: IMD(Indian meteorological department) Predicts ‘Heavy to Heavy Rainfall’ Over Next Five Days in Several Parts of the India.[/pullquote-left]

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter the scorching summer heat, we faced from April-June; it’s time to relish rains this monsoon season. Contrary to previous years pattern metrological department has predicted normal/abundant rainfall in 2017. Monsoons are a season of welcome change from the sweltering summer heat, but rains along with the happiness bring along the perfect breeding grounds for allergy mosquitos and insects. Given the damp weather conditions, rain water logging across areas and absence of sunlight during the day; monsoon provides ideal living conditions for mosquitos to breed and grow.

Rains are such they reduce the body immune system and makes us susceptible to allergies and infections. The humidity in the atmosphere is generally high in the season which reduces body’s digestive capability, slowing down metabolism and lowering the capacity to fight infections. For people who like to stay lean monsoon is a season where you feel excessive swelling and bloating post food and dehydration during intense workouts easily peeks in.  normally people suffer from Indigestion, Allergies and mosquito infections during this season.

[pullquote-right]Two cardinal points to be borne in mind are : eat at home and eat when you are hungry. [/pullquote-right]

Nutrition Tips to safeguard from Monsoon Allergies:-

What not to eat:

  1. Avoid Raw Salads and Leafy vegetables

The damp nature of salads and green leafy vegetables makes it susceptible to water borne contamination.  This damp surface leads to thriving of germs making it perfect ground for infectious diseases.

  1. Non-Vegetarian and Sea Food

Just like raw leafy avoid raw eggs and exercise caution while choosing sea-food. Be careful while buying prawns and fish as monsoon is the breeding season for them. Consuming wrong on stale fish can lead to serious stomach infections.

  1. Street Smart Foodie

India is a land of street-food and spices and asking someone to resist them is a daunting task. The choice remains with you, Monsoon is not the season for street food. Prepared in Bulk and with no timeline known to you of freshness, it’s a big no to street food this monsoon season. Rains lead to a very high level of contamination which acts as a perfect bacteria safe house. Very few people in the Millennial lifestyle do have the appetite or immunity to withhold such high levels of bacteria overload at such places.

Gol-Gappas, Pav Bhaji, Dosa, Momo’s, BhelPuri, Chole Bhature if you feel like eating any of these make it at your place.

  1. Avoid fried foods:  as it really needs fire to digest that in low metabolism monsoon season. Switch-over to Grilled and Tandoori options to avoid acidity and indigestion.
  2. Avoid using too much spices and sour foods as they lead to water retention and bloating. Foods like tamarind Chutneys and pickles shall fall last in your foods to eat list.
  3. If there is one most important gadget you need to have in monsoon season that is a water filter. Consume clean boiled water and avoid drinking from tanks or contaminated sources. Number of water diseases in the country have gone up every year and water is the most common source of this growing problem.

What to eat:

  1. Eat fruits that help you restore energy like apples, mangoes, pomegranates, Littchi, papaya and pears. Avoid watery fruits like Watermelon and Muskmelon, keep a close watch on mangoes also as they may cause pimple to you. Eating watery fruits watermelon, muskmelon, rice create swelling in the body; move over to dry foods like Corn(Bhutta), Gramflour(maida), Chana and etc.
  2. Plenty water has been the mantra irrespective of the Fitness though you come from. Do not compensate your thirst with aerated, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks as they cause dehydration and need excessive time to digest.

Working in a corporate lifestyle don’t complain of availability call up the pantry and ask for a          ginger/green/lemon tea.

  1. Stick with light food options like soups and stews rather than heavy curries of Butter Chicken, Paneer labaabdar and many more. Circumvent green leafy or vegetables like cabbage while eating avoided outside as you never know if the cabbage(Gobhi) or Spinach(paalak) was watched properly for insects or not.
  2. Vitamin C rich fruits helps increase immunity. Oranges and Amla are your best go to bet for vitamin C.
  3. It is not a season for heavy oils like mustard or sesame. Sticking to light oils like Olive or limited quantity of Desi Ghee is your best bet.

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