Insulin is not the only hormone in our body. Our eating pattern has become fear based. We feel we have become ill or are going to become ill. To avoid we must eat this or not eat this. Many times when we talk of food, we reduce it to just calories. Similarly, we reduce body functioning to only one hormone – insulin. And forget there are many other hormones. While working with the Mumbai Police, we observed that new recruits are very fit. But after 5-10-15 years…. …we cannot imagine this is the same person. When you are 32-35, you are not far away from 25. But you start looking extremely different. You know what has changed. Eating on time. Once at work, eating on time disappears due to shift duty, etc. Mostly, they end up eating only twice a day. Many times only once and…. …many cups of tea, coffee, etc in between. They might lose weight due to this in the beginning.
But after few years of this eating pattern they start getting diseases. Let us look at it culturally. Some people think earlier we used to eat only twice a day. This is not really correct if we look at our culture. In Marathi culture, for example… …we make many snacks like chivda, chakli, shankarpale, etc. Not just 50-100 years, we have been following this tradition for centuries. When would we eat these? (As mid-meals.) If Maharashtrians really ate only twice; then they would have not got married at all! Because then the Tea-Poha marriage ritual would not have taken place! It’s a very old ritual. If insulin did not work properly on eating Tea-Poha, then… …would we have children? When insulin functions properly only then we get children. All hormones have to work together. We need to look after all hormones and not reduce human body functioning to one single hormone.
Culturally, traditionally, when we want to… …say someone is in a very bad situation, what do we say? He can not afford even two square meals a day. Eating twice a day meant bare minimum health and survival. For fitness, efficiency, good health, you will need to go beyond survival. For which you need to make intelligent choices about food. If you use your basic common sense, you’ll be able to take good care of your health. .