NYC Open Day with Rujuta Diwekar And Celebration of the Memories of Guruji at Iyengar Institute of New York
I was excited to attend Rujuta’s open day at central park from the day I got to know about it. Although the tough part for me was to convince Mister Husband to come along with me to the Open day. He said, ” I am happy with my new lifestyle. I have already lost so much weight and I feel so energetic now. I eat home cooked food. I do yoga and running. Why else do you want to take me to the open day of a nutritionist? ” . I said that you will realize it once you attend the open day. I am sure there will be something worth it that you will come back home with.
Plus, I told him that I really want you to meet Rujuta’s partner GP (I expected he will be there too). From long, I have been following connect with himalayas, an initiative by GP. The places he and his group travels are breathtakingly beautiful. Anyways, we met G.P at the open day and I got super excited. I told him that my husband is very fond of traveling in the nature. So much that our travels after marriage from last 4 months have been so much of hiking, trekking, camping etc in some mountains or forests. GP smiled and humbly asked us to join his himalaya travel group sometime. Mister husband got curious, asked GP about connect with himalayas, came home, browsed it and got mighty impressed. We ordered GP’s book The land of Flying Lamas and I wish we get to trek himalayas soon.
Now the open day ..
Rujuta started with talking about general myths related to diet like staying hungry, following fad diet, good fats/bad fats etc. Then she opened it for people to ask their questions. All of us were full of questions. There was one question after the other till the end of the open day. Sharing certain interesting things that she told.
1. Minimize the use of plastic in your life. Plastic releases a chemical that mimics female hormone estrogen. Whenever we eat or drink anything stored in plastics then this hormones enters our body through our food or drink. Hence plastic is responsible of ‘female’ type of fatness in ‘men’. As in love handles. And ‘men’ type of fatness in ‘women’. As in pot belly.
So minimize the use of plastics in your daily life. Plastics in the form of bottles, zip locks, microwave ware etc.
2. She advised to minimize the use of microwave for heating. As she said that the good way of heating food is by heating it equally in all directions. Whereas while using microwave we must have observed that only the upper layer of the food gets heated. Whereas the lower layers stays cold. This happens because microwave does localized heating of food.
And when we do such localized heating then the upper layer of food gets toxic and then we mix this toxic layer with the other part of the food to equalize the temperature. Hence spoiling the whole. Better is to reheat on gas stove.
Or if at all you use microwave sometime than prefer thick glasswares instead of plastic wares.
3. Must eat something at 11 am. And decide your potion size based on your level of activity on a particular day.
4. Good 5 PM options or carry with you options are curd, chapati with jaggery and desi ghee or peanut butter on a toast.
5. People who have allergies like gluten allergy must eat probiotics to strengthen their colon. Pickle is an amazing antibiotic.
Someone asked her that pickle had a lot of oil and salt. Is it healthy to eat it daily? She replied that I learned the recipe of pickle from my grand mother. She learned from hers and so on. So basically it is a recipe coming from our ancestors. And our ancestors would not have wished to create a recipe that would ensure that slowly and steadily our coming generations should die of eating lot of oil and salt . They would have obviously wanted that the coming generations were stronger and healthier. Had better digestion. Had stronger bones etc.
So the problem is not with eating pickle daily. It is rather with the amount to be eaten daily. Eat it with the whole meal, not by itself. Eat the recommended one tbsp instead of 2 tbsp.
6. She asked everyone to have papad party as theme parties. As papad is an amazing food for digestion and it is allergy free. And it is sun dried so has Vit D.
7. There is no harm in eating vitamin supplements. For the right timings to eat the supplements read her last book.
8. Raw milk is the best milk. Boil it at home and have it. Grass fed milk is a good milk. Cow’s ghee is the best ghee. Arranging a grass fed milk or raw milk is an issue in US. Someone shared this website realmilk.com. Farmer’s market also have real milk.
9. There is huge debate on organic. And at present it is a food of the rich. So local, fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits is a good option.
10. If you get butter from market then get white, unsalted organic butter.
11. Eat less out of the packet and more out of your own kitchen.
12. Cancer survivors need more phytic acid in their diet. So they should eat almonds and almonds without soaking them in water.
13. No gadgets in the bedroom. Sleep is very important. Wake up in the morning without any alarm.
14. Physical workout for atleast 2.5 hours in a week. Do anything you like as workout.
15. Desi ghee is the best oil for cooking. Other than that use oil based on your genes. South Indians for coconut oil etc. She said desi ghee is going to be a famous healthy oil after a few years as olive oil is famous now.
16. Brown rice and White rice. She said people got to know about brown rice and fiber only a few years ago till then everyone was happily eating white rice. Fiber is good but a lot of fiber interferes with the absorption of zinc. And zinc can be very easily replaced by aluminium. The foils that we wrap around our food has aluminium also various other things have it. So this increases the vulnerability of letting aluminium inside our body. Do not eat rice which is not so sparkling white that you can correct your make up in it. Eat a normal brown to white rice.
17. For qunioa she said that it is a poor man’s food in mexico and rich man’s food in east and west. Just like mcdonalds which is a poor man’s food in US and rich man’s food in India. Eat local, eat seasonal and eat fresh that will also help you deal with vit b12 deficiency.
There was a lot more discussion and fun. We kept laughing and learning.
Huhh! Last two days have been so inspirational for me. On saturday I attended the celebration of the memories of Guruji Mr B.K.S Iyengar at the Iyengar Institute of New York. Got to meet amazing teachers and practitioners who have given their life to the practice of yoga from years.
And Sunday I attended this open day. Both the events inspired me to practice more, travel more, learn more and share more Sharing some pics from both the events.