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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

An­jali Muk­er­jee

Nari Hira & An­jali Muk­er­jee

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