FOOD Nutritionist Naini Setalvad emphasises the need for sustainable diets
If you needed any inspiration to lose that extra weight, Naini Setalvad is your woman. Setalvad, who is a nutritionist, columnist, educator and public speaker on diet and food research, spoke at a nutrition seminar to encourage healthy eating for a healthy life.
Urging her audience to start paying more attention to what they eat Setalvad says, “Food can change the blueprint of your health. You are what you eat.” The seminar was hosted by the International Prune Association at the Vivanta by Taj in Bangalore recently.
Setalvad stresses the benefits of eating prunes for weight loss saying, “Because of their low glycemic value, prunes keep you full for long and it also gives you better energy, and they have zero fat. Prunes are a great source of iron, they act as anti oxidants, help in your bowel movement, cholesterol levels, prevents coronary heart disease. It has great benefits if consumed during pregnancy and menopause and can even be given to diabetic patients.”
The nutritionist, who won her own battle with weight, dropping 100 kilos from 160 emphasises the need for sustainable diets, which can be adapted to food served at home, and kept up permanently.
“When you don’t have enough energy you start using props like processed food, aerated drinks, excess salt, caffeine, refined products, alcohol and fried food to give you that boost. You need to add good food to your diet,” she says. She gave the audience some tips to improve their eating habits like eating nuts to lower cholesterol levels, using good quality oil like olive oil, mustard oil and ghee, eating dry fruits which intrinsically have zero fat, replacing sugar with dry fruit and drinking lots of water.
Reminding the audience that eating well leads to more energy and concentration, better moods and more time for relaxation and exercise, Setalvad brought the session to a close quoting former President Dr Abdul Kalam saying, “Healthy food, healthy body, healthy mind, healthy nation. The future is bright for all of us.”