ANDHRA PRADESH

Eat right, feel light

M.L.Melly Maitreyi

HYDERABAD: Are you tired of the exercise and diet regimen? Do you feel it's taking you nowhere? You are not alone in this.

"For years I deprived myself of my favourite foods, yet weighed 96 kg at the age of 60. But after realising the importance of eating ethics, I found an easy way to shed weight," says C. Subbarao, an agricultural chemist who now weighs 83 kg at 64.

Thrilled by the results and eager to share his doctrine gleaned from good old grandma's recipes for healthy eating and an extensive research on Internet, he has set up a Society for Eating Ethics. "I am not a qualified dietician or a doctor and I don't talk about diet or medicine. It is only about eating right."

Eating ethics is neither about eating less nor about eating tasteless food. It is about eating your favourite foods but in proportions that ensure hormonal balance. "When one gets hold of hormonal environment, you can eat without putting on weight."

Subbarao's pyramid recommends 50 whole foods aimed at ensuring balance between hormones produced by carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Individuals can choose their own combination by `listening' to their body, as each individual's constitution is unique. "For instance I can polish off seven or eight mangoes without upsetting my stomach."

Roti made with wheat flour mixed with tofu (soya bean derivative) and green mix (green leafy vegetables and sprouts) with little ghee is better than pure wheat flour rotis that are carbohydrate dominant. Similarly desi chicken instead of broiler chicken, whole eggs, tofu, paneer, mushrooms, lots of vegetables and fruits, cow milk, curds and pulses are among those suggested. He recommends rice for dinner and rotis for lunch and not vice versa. Rotis make one feel light and energetic, ideal for working hours while rice is heavy on stomach though easily digestible.

Exercising

Medicines give few more years to a diseased body. But eating ethics give decades of healthy life provided one does 30-minute simple exercises like walking, swimming and yoga, he avers. "We give basics to people who come to us. Suggest right foods, show them how to make, all for free." Mr. Subbarao (Phone: 27810622) says his doctrine is aimed at the upper middle class that is increasingly depending on wrong foods due to changed lifestyles. His theory apparently is catching on with different institutions including Andhra Pradesh Police Academy inviting him to give lectures.