ANJALI MUKERJEE CONDUCTS A WORKSHOP IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEALTH AND NUTRITION MAGAZINE
For those with worries and queries on what to eat and what not to, ‘Health & Nutrition’ organized a free, informative and interactive workshop on healthy eating - ‘You Are What You Eat’ - conducted by India’s top nutritionist, Dr Anjali Mukerjee, at Magna Lounge in Magna House, Mumbai.Also present at the workshop were Nari Hira, Chairman, Magna Publishing Co Ltd, and Vinodini Krishnakumar, Editor, ‘Health & Nutrition’. Emcee Dipna Patel, who played the charming host, kick-started the event by thanking and welcoming all those who had travelled from far and near to attend the workshop. Brief introductions were done, after which Dr Mukerjee took over the mike with a smile and started off with a slideshow presentation she had prepared for her eager audience. She began by saying how food has tremendous healing powers, and spoke at length on how ‘nutritional science’ - the science of balancing body chemistry with nutrition - can give scientific solutions for serious health problems. Citing the famous health quote ‘Let food be thy medicine’, Dr Mukerjee then discussed the issue of unhealthy food habits plaguing Indians today. “India has the highest rate of heart disease in the world, and Indians are more likely to develop heart diseases 10 years earlier than their Western counterparts. “Also, obesity, which was previously considered a disorder, was labelled a disease by the WHO due to the many maladies it gave rise to – arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-burn etc,” said Dr Mukerjee. Adding that in order to stay healthy, it all finally boiled down to “eating the right food, at the right time and in the right proportions.” She also gave the participants some healthy eating tips: “Switch foods (whole milk to soy milk) and consume no more than 500 ml of oil a month. Avoid eating out and excess sweets. Keep a four-hour gap between meals and eat before you get hungry, rather than wait till you get hungry. Have dinner before 8 p.m, and don’t eat anything after dinner for at least 12 hours. Try and get seven to eight hours of sleep daily, and have adequate protein. Consume ‘neutraceuticals’ - foods that have medicinal properties like wheat bran, garlic, ginger and fish oils.” The floor was then thrown open for a Q & A session, which ended up being quite lively and informative, with the enthusiastic crowd shooting questions one after the other. For a question on whether the oil found in fish amounted to fish oil, Dr Mukerjee answered, “All Indian fish have oil, but they are high in mercury due to the contaminated water. And fish, when deep-fried, also loses a lot of its oil content. Fish capsules, which are purified and nutrient-rich, act as a better option.” When asked how to tackle severe acidity, she replied, “By consuming an alkaline diet.” The discussion ended with Dr Mukerjee advising everyone present to take charge of their health. “Your weapon is your lifestyle choice, so make the correct choices and you will live healthy,” she said, and a shrill round of applause followed. The guests were then served bottles of natural, cold pressed fruit juices from ‘Jus Divine’. They were also offered a free health check-up service by Dr Mukerjee’s ‘Health Total’ team… There couldn’t have been a more fitting finale for a health workshop!
Anjali Mukerjee adressing the audience
Nari Hira & Anjali Mukerjee