Climate proofing your diet, weight loss and health.
Globally, we share the resources of land, water and ecology. We will also have to share the liabilities that come with climate change. Though mostly, climate change and adopting policies to prevent disasters is govt business, there are few things that we can do at our individual level too. Stuff that will prevent climate change, keep us lean, fit and most importantly help our farmers grow and find money for growing climate resilient crops.
1. Jack fruit and Jack fruit seeds - Good as a fruit, can turn into a sabzi and the seeds can be stored and cooked as a dal. Protects water table, this versatile fruit is good news for preventing metabolic syndrome including diabetes, the seeds are a good source of minerals and the sabzi of fibre. Have it on your plate if you want to lose weight, especially the one that comes out of hormonal disorders like PCOS and thyroid.
2. Kulith - Grown across India traditionally but now losing out to the cultivation of soya bean etc, this pulse helps protect against gout, uric acid and kidney stones. Again a climate resilient crop, it lends itself as stuffing in your paratha or make it like a dal and eat it with rice to improve your amino acid profile. Especially good to recover from flu, cold and even migraines.
3. Ragi - Nachni or Mandua in Hindi, this red or finger millet, will grow in the hardest of soil and bring you not just minerals that strengthen the spine but adds to bio-diversity of the farm land too. Cook it with milk as a porridge for breakfast (great for kids, especially for the girl child), it beats every health drink especially the ones targeted for kids in terms of its nutritional profile and benefits of height growth or strength and stamina . You can roll it into steamed balls and have it with peanut chutney, make laddoos with jaggery and coconut or simply make it like a roti and have it with a sabzi.
If you have kids under 5 years, ensure that they are introduced to these foods already. They are the ones most at risk of climate change & its disasters. It's time to wean them off the donuts, chocolates and biscuits and to future proof their health and wellbeing.